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Leadership Annual Giving

Leadership annual gifts nourish the core of the college by easing Cornell’s reliance on tuition, fees, and earnings on the endowment. Each year, there is a monetary goal for Cornell’s Annual Giving funds–a number representing what the college feels philanthropy can provide in support for Cornell’s current students. But the true goals of these funds can be stated in a more direct manner:

Engaged professors accessible to every student, competitive athletic programs, opportunities to create and serve across the globe, financial assistance for deserving students: the reimagination of the liberal arts experience plays out through your investment in the aspirations of 1,000 young men and women.

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Your annual gift at the leadership level–$2,000 and above–is vital to Cornell.

Cornell’s academic excellence and programmatic innovation require investment; as a member of the Presidents Society you are a full partner, no matter what your passion is, in creating a bright and accomplished future for the Hilltop.

Presidents Society Membership Benefits:

  • Insider updates from the president
  • Invitation to The President’s Reception at Homecoming
  • Special recognition in the alumni class giving Honor Roll of Donors


Cornell Fund Leadership Giving Circles

In addition to Presidents Society membership, those who wish to make an immediate impact on the college with a Cornell Fund gift of $2,000 or more are recognized in one of three Cornell Fund Giving Circles.

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All Oak Circle members receive insider event invitations in addition to their Presidents Society benefits.

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Gingko Circle member additional benefits include insider event invitations, plus a faculty summer reading recommendation list.

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Leadership Circle members receive an additional benefit of exclusive, direct communications with President Jonathan Brand and/or Provost Ilene Crawford ’92.

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