Discover CALS

See how our current work and research is bringing new thinking and new solutions to some of today's biggest challenges.

Ways to support CALS

Faculty, program support & research

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.

Make a gift to support CALS faculty:


Current Use

Student support & affordability

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

Make a gift to support undergraduate students

Make a gift to support the CALS Navigator Program for Student Success

Flexible impact

The Annual Fund is the lifeblood of CALS. Gifts to our annual fund immediately impact the college’s priorities - enabling students to pursue their education and engage in experiential opportunities, and giving faculty and graduate students the resources to leverage their knowledge and research into solutions that create a more sustainable, healthy and equitable world.

Make a gift to the CALS Annual Fund


It is no small task to keep up CALS’ 500 buildings (totaling over 3.5 million square feet) and over 10,000 acres of agricultural and natural lands across New York State and beyond. The historic Plant Science building is the home to our world-renowned School of Integrative Plant Science, and much of it has not been renovated since the original construction in the 1920s. Phase 1 of the renovation will begin in fall 2022. 

Learn more about this project and how you can help.

Make a gift to the CALS building and renovation fund

Diversity, equity & inclusion

CALS is committed to building and sustaining an inclusive environment for our entire community of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. We support a diverse group of scholars who engage in transformative research and directly address systemic racism and inequities through inclusive teaching, innovative research, effective communication, and dedication to broadening participation.

Make a gift to the CALS diversity, equity, and inclusion fund

Roadmap to 2050

Roadmap to 2050

Leading in the “Solutions Century”

Cornell CALS collaborates with our campus, our network of partners, and local to global communities to coalesce around the world's leading challenges. We actively translate, share, and scale our transdisciplinary solutions for global application - and bring learnings from abroad back home. By bridging basic and applied perspectives, we foster opportunities to work on big challenges in an increasingly small and hyperconnected world.

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Transdisciplinary Moonshots

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Nourishing people and planet as interconnected systems that create opportunities for digital agriculture, circularity, markets and economic development, and impactful local solutions from New York to the world.

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From biomolecules, genes, and evolution to human behavior, development and communication, species composition, biodiversity conservation and the biosphere.

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Harnessing the power of science and innovation biology to engineer new material solutions, create sustainable technologies for markets, and understand such advances from a societal perspective.

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From energy resources, greenhouse gas reductions, carbon capture, and resilience to adaptation, economics, climate justice, and food security.

How to make your gift


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 more information

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

Contact the CALS team

There are a variety of giving opportunities including endowments, planned giving and more. 

Latest impact stories

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In her latest investigative project, the Washington Post staffer Jenn Abelson '00 and Daily Sun alum delves into a controversial tool of modern policing.
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The Cynthia and Norman Martin Dean's Discretionary Fund for Innovation in Agriculture and Life Sciences will support collaborative solutions that protect the global food supply.
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Environment
  • Food
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Cornell CALS Professor Scott J. Peters to lead participatory action research into issues of justice, sovereignty, equity and sustainability in food and farming systems at University of Minnesota.
  • Department of Global Development
  • Agriculture
  • Behavior


Global food systems expert Johan Swinnen, Ph.D. ’92, will explore the lessons learned and the steps needed to prevent a hunger catastrophe in the first talk of a new speaker series dedicated to confronting the world’s most urgent and complex challenges.

  • Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Department of Global Development
  • Climate Change