Cornell Giving Day and you
What is Cornell Giving Day?
On Cornell Giving Day, alumni, parents, friends, and Big Red fans all over the world come together to make a difference for Cornell and for the world. All gifts made on March 12, 2020, between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EDT, will count toward Cornell Giving Day.
What makes my contribution on Cornell Giving Day special?
On March 12, your contribution has an even bigger impact than usual, thanks to a handful of generous supporters who will be providing challenge funds. By making your gift, you can help your favorite areas of Cornell win these challenge funds. Throughout the day, leaderboards will show progress in real time, and hourly challenges and games will enhance the fun and suspense.
Where does my gift go and where do the challenge funds go?
One hundred percent of your gift goes directly where you choose: your college or school or any area you are passionate about at Cornell (such as undergraduate scholarships, a team, a campus community—you name it). And the hourly challenge funds? Colleges and units that win the hourly challenges will receive bonus funds that will support the college or unit annual fund.
Making your gift
How can I make a gift securely on Cornell Giving Day?
- Visit givingday.cornell.edu and click on the “Give Now” button between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EDT
- Call us toll-free at 800-279-3099 and speak to one of our representatives between 6:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EDT
Will my employer match my gift?
Many companies and organizations encourage charitable contributions through their matching-gift programs. To find out if your company will match your gift to Cornell, email us at CUmatchinggifts@cornell.edu. While we appreciate your matching gift, it will not be counted in Giving Day totals.
Tax and gift credit
Is my gift tax-deductible?
Yes. Cornell University is a not-for-profit institution with a mission of education, research and scholarship, and service.
Does my gift count towards my annual giving?
Yes. If it is your first gift this fiscal year, your gift on Cornell Giving Day will be counted towards the annual giving participation rate, as well as your 1865 Society membership. If you have already given this year, thank you for your gift! We encourage you to be a part of Cornell Giving Day and support what you are passionate about at Cornell. Only gifts made on March 12 count towards the totals that can unlock challenge funds for the college or unit that means the most to you. Your additional gift will inspire others to give as well.
Do Giving Day matches count toward my Cornell giving record?
Matches set up for Giving Day amplify the impact of your gift–and are a great way to secure even more support for the areas you love most. They do not, however, count toward your personal giving record.
Does my gift count towards my Reunion class totals?
Yes. Your gift on Cornell Giving Day will count towards your Reunion class totals.
Other ways to participate and get in touch
Besides giving, how can I help Cornell Giving Day be a huge success?
There are so many ways to show your Big Red spirit on Giving Day! Become a Giving Day Champion to raise money for Cornell via a personal fundraising page. Sign up here and spread the word by sharing your page with your friends, family, and networks. Encourage them via Facebook or Twitter to make their gift, or send an email or text message with your unique link. You can also spread the word about Giving Day as a CornellSocial ambassador. Post about Giving Day across your social media channels using the #cornellgivingday hashtag, and share the Giving Day fun! (You might even win the #cornellgivingday Instagram challenge!) Whatever method you choose, your voice will make an enormous difference in the success of Cornell Giving Day.
How can I get in touch for more information?
Call toll-free 800-279-3099 (between 6:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EDT on Giving Day) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.