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Our Sustainable Vision: CU + You

A critical piece of our commitment to purpose-driven science is putting our knowledge and research to work, to make a positive impact. Students and faculty go beyond the boundaries of campus, partnering with communities to explore ideas and solve complex problems.

But, we can only continue to ask new questions and discover new answers with your help.

Learn how your generosity can benefit the Cornell CALS community.

Gifts to the CALS Annual Fund are directed by Dean Houlton to where the need is greatest. Currently, the Annual Fund directly supports CALS’ most valuable resource: its people. For students and faculty, these contributions help to ensure that they can take full advantage of the incredible intellectual resources at Cornell, as well as to create opportunities in service to local, national, and global communities.

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Undergraduate Scholarship

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has opened its doors of higher education to the best and brightest future students for more than 100 years. Scholarship endowment is critical to ensuring that the cost of a CALS education stays within the financial reach of deserving students, without regard to their financial circumstances.

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Graduate Support

While not always top of mind when it comes to giving, graduate student support is critical to the future of CALS. Enhancing the quality of top programs and research attracts the most promising students, providing faculty with the opportunity to mentor some of the world's top young scientists.

Our faculty's globally recognized expertise is the cornerstone of CALS' reputation as a premier institution of scientific learning and enables us to attract the best students. Gifts in support of faculty help us attract outstanding researchers and instructors, while retaining those already on campus. Areas of focus include: food and nutrition security; climate change; biological systems; big data; media and communication strategies; and social and ecological system resilience.

Give to the CALS Faculty Hiring and Support Fund (Endowed)

Give to the CALS Faculty Hiring and Support Fund (Current use)

A diversity of perspectives, experiences, genders, backgrounds, races, ethnicities, talents and interests significantly strengthens and deepens the CALS experience.

Learn more about CALS' commitment to diversity and inclusion here

Give to the CALS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fund

Giving in honor of Kathryn J. Boor, CALS Dean 2010 - 2020


Kathryn J. Boor Experiential Learning Fund

The Kathryn J. Boor ’80 Experiential Learning Fund was established in 2017. This endowed fund supports academic enrichment and experiential learning activities through the CALS Alumni Association grants program. The fund was established by Scott ’86 and Lisa Braunstein to help increase grant opportunities for students.

Give to the Kathryn J. Boor '80 Experiential Learning Fund now.


Kathryn J. Boor Scholarship Fund

Students are at the heart of everything that moves us forward at CALS. We are dedicated to providing educational opportunity and access to the best and brightest students regardless of their economic circumstances. This scholarship will honor Kathryn J. Boor by providing support for students with financial need in any department in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, with special consideration given to first generation students.

Give to the Kathryn J. Boor Scholarship now.


Dean's Discretionary Endowment Fund (for gifts in honor of Kathryn J. Boor)

This endowment fund is pooled from gifts made to name parts of the Ag Quad. It will support the greatest core priorities of CALS — faculty start-up and retention, student scholarships, active learning, new initiatives and more. Flexible funds are critical to seed important needs and opportunities that allow CALS to be one of the world’s leading institutions of its kind.

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  • Gifts of stocks, bonds, or mutual funds are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. Complete this online form to give to Cornell CALS through a securities transfer or call 1-800-481-1865.
  • Let our Office of Trusts, Estates, and Gift Planning help you with smart plans to sustain your personal financial goals and to fulfill your hopes for the people and programs you care about at Cornell CALS. Contact the Office of Trusts, Estates, and Gift Planning by gift_planning [at] (subject: (email) or phone at 1-800-481-1865.

Three convenient ways to show your support:

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Call us at 1-800-279-3099, and we can help you make your gift over the phone.

Make your gift using a check made payable to Cornell University and include Agriculture and Life Sciences in your memo line and mail to the following address: Cornell University, P.O. Box 37334, Boone, IA 50037

Questions or requests for more information should be directed to:

Sharon L. Detzer '88
Associate Dean of Alumni Affairs and Development
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University

Email: sld4 [at] 
Phone: 607-255-1915