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Make a Gift

Invest in Cornell’s future. Any gift, no matter the size, signals strong confidence in the ability of Cornell’s students and faculty to make a positive difference in the world.

Our Sustainable Vision

Solutions to today’s global challenges require insight into the dynamics of coupled human and natural systems. Many opportunities will be found at the intersection of the four interdependent and interacting areas of focus that inform and support CALS’ mission and shape the college’s commitment to advancing the land grant mission.

Informed by discoveries from the college’s broad spectrum of expertise, CALS’ research, educational, and extension programs advance knowledge of the unity and diversity of life; impart to students world-class education and passion for life-long learning and discovery; promote wise stewardship of the environment and natural resources and create economical and sustainable energy strategies; develop agricultural systems to establish and maintain safe, nutritious food supplies for current and future generations; and foster economic vitality and individual and community health and well-being.

CALS faculty, staff and students discover, integrate, disseminate, and apply knowledge about the life sciences, environmental sciences, food and energy systems, and economic and community vitality to improve the lives of people throughout New York, the nation, and the world.

Opportunities to support the college:

CALS Annual Fund
Gifts to the CALS Annual Fund are directed by Dean Boor 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.

Faculty Renewal
From an emerging ‘star’ to distinguished senior faculty at other universities, CALS is attracting faculty dedicated to serving the public good. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faces an unprecedented number of faculty retirements over the next five years and is proactively hiring to ensure continued excellence in teaching, research, and extension. Faculty Renewal gifts are used to recruit, compensate, and recognize excellent faculty and have a significant impact on the college’s ability to recruit and retain the best faculty in any given discipline.

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

Graduate Fellowships
Support for CALS graduate students not only enhances the quality of top programs and research by attracting the most promising students, it also strengthens the college’s ability to recruit and retain top faculty. Part of creating world-class research programs is having the resources to assure that faculty will have what they need to create a legacy of mentoring top young scientists.

Experiential Learning
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.

Creative Ways to Give
Gifts provide essential support for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences each year. In addition to gifts supporting the annual fund, faculty renewal, undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, facilities, and the Cornell NOW campaign, CALS has opportunities for those who wish to support specific departments or programs. 

How to make a gift

CALS gratefully accepts gifts in a variety of forms, including cash, credit card, marketable securities, and real estate, or through planned gifts, such as bequests. Gifts to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code.
Online Gift
Securities and Planned Gifts

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
274 Roberts Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
T: 607.255.1915
C: 607.227.1973
F: 607.254.4690