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 14, 2017, 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 14, 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 area 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 designate it: 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?

On March 14 you can make your gift from anywhere in the world in one of two ways:

    1. Visit givingday.cornell.edu and click on the “Give Now” button between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EDT
    2. 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

Our payment methods are secure, and the information collected during Cornell Giving Day will be used only by Cornell University. While we encourage giving online or by phone on March 14, gifts by mail intended for Cornell Giving Day must be received by March 14 to be included in the day’s totals. Please mail your check, along with a note stating Cornell Giving Day, to:

Cornell Giving Day
130 E. Seneca St. Ste. 400
Ithaca, NY 14850

If you need more information or assistance with making your gift, call us at 800-279- 3099 (between 6:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EDT on Giving Day) or e-mail us anytime at givingday@cornell.edu.


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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 14 count towards the totals that can unlock challenge funds for the college/unit and class challenges. Your additional gift will inspire others to give as well.

Does my gift count towards my Reunion class totals?

Yes. Your gift on Cornell Giving Day will be counted towards your Reunion class totals.


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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 spread the word! Become a CornellSocial ambassador; let your friends, family, and networks know that you’ve made a gift; and encourage them to give too. Post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #cornellgivingday. Send an e-mail or text message; make a call. 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 e-mail givingday@cornell.edu.