Annual Fund

Thank you for your support!

Thanks to the generosity of over 34,000 alumni, parents, and friends, we are proud to celebrate another successful year for the Cornell Annual Fund.  In 2012–2013, we raised $33.3 million in unrestricted, current-use support to be utilized by the university’s leaders where the needs and opportunities are greatest.  This milestone represents a new record for the Annual Fund and the eleventh year of consecutive record-breaking support. 


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Our Impact

Annual Fund gifts touch every student, every faculty member, and every corner of the university. They help make it possible for outstanding students and accomplished faculty to become a part of the Cornell community by providing resources for financial aid, faculty positions, and programs. Annual Fund gifts also provide an immediate investment in student and faculty work across the breadth of Cornell’s colleges, schools, and units, including efforts aligned with the university’s four overarching themes:

  • Securing a sustainable future
  • Promoting health and curing disease
  • Responding to the opportunities and challenges of an increasingly interconnected society
  • Securing the humanistic foundation of knowledge and ethics

Some recent examples of Annual Fund gifts in action:

  • Providing resources for undergraduate students' scholarships, global internships, service learning experiences, and research stipends
  • Backing student research teams in engineering courses and laboratories
  • Supporting graduate fellowships and professional student scholarships
  • Bringing first-year students, faculty, and staff together through the Freshman Summer Reading Projects
  • Mounting the Tata Nano exhibit, which was designed, created, and installed by students
  • Expanding library hours during peak-demand periods and developing programs in emerging areas such as visual resources and data curation
  • Recruiting top scholar-athletes by the Big Red’s best-ever coaching staff

Our Vision

Annual Fund dollars have a powerful impact on every aspect of Cornell. Often, annual fund gifts make all the difference in our ability to ignite projects, act swiftly on new opportunities, and offer deserving students and outstanding faculty the chance to study and work in the Cornell community.

We seek now to maintain the momentum behind our record-breaking achievements in Annual Fund giving. Our challenge is to sustain growth and raise at least $30 million in Annual Fund gifts every year so that Cornell can continue to remain alert and responsive to yearly needs and opportunities as the university approaches its sesquicentennial in 2015.

Our Goals

  • Provide flexible support for the university and its colleges, schools, and units so that provosts, deans, and directors can act quickly on new opportunities or respond to urgent needs
  • Realize $30 million in Annual Fund giving each year to help support and sustain the vision of university leaders
  • Contribute to the overall success of the Cornell campaign and its aim of advancing the university in the face of present and future challenges and opportunities
  • Maintain and build a strong foundation of annual giving at all levels from the support of alumni, students, parents, and friends

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Cornell Annual Fund


Joe Lyons '98
Director, Cornell Annual Fund
Cornell University
130 East Seneca Street, Suite 400
Ithaca, NY 14850