Cornellians are united by a shared purpose.

Ezra Cornell statue and the Cornell C
Cornell C made of greenery
Circuit board shaped like the Cornell C
Planet Earth reflected in the shape of the Cornell C

Cornellians are united by a shared purpose.

Cornell C made of greenery

Scroll to do the greatest good

“My ruling desire is to dispose of so much of my property as is not required for the reasonable wants of my family, in a manner that shall do the greatest good to the greatest number of the industrial classes of my native state, and at the same time to do the greatest good to the state itself, by elevating the character and standard of knowledge.”

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Over the next five years, Cornell University seeks to raise at least $5 billion and connect at least 200,000 Cornellians to one another and the university. Together, we will help Cornell remain an educational beacon, a source of solutions, and a bridge to the world.

Visitors to the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art take in the Immortal at the River, a 54-meter-long cursive-script calligraphy work by Tong Yang-Tze.
An educational beacon
Some people do it through science. Some people do it through art. ”
Sam Jurado '24

Sam is an undergraduate student in the College of Engineering majoring in earth and atmospheric sciences.

"Some people do it through science. Some people do it through art. But I think, as humans, achieving that greatest good, helping other humans is in our nature."
A 3-D printer in Weill Hall deposits cells encapsulated in a hydrogel that will develop into new ear tissue.
A source of solutions
I got to 3D print PPE during the pandemic for healthcare workers.”
Karina Popovich '23

Karina is an engineer, entrepreneur, and student in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.

"I get to teach other kids how to 3D print... I got to 3D print PPE during the pandemic for healthcare workers."
Distant landscape
A bridge to the world
What I study is going to impact the livelihoods and the well-being of people around the world.”
Janani Hariharan PhD '22

Janani is a PhD candidate studying soil microbial ecology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She's exploring the ecology and evolution of soil bacteria. In addition, she has worked with bird enzymes and human genes.

"I believe my research is very well tied to Cornell's mission of doing the greatest good. What I study is going to impact the livelihoods and the well-being of people around the world."

What can any one person do?

Cornellians everywhere are joining this campaign to make a lasting difference for the world.

Now is the time to do the greatest good

Learn more about the campaign, why it matters now, and the leaders guiding our efforts forward.

About the campaign

Find your cause

There are 25 colleges and units—all doing transformational work in their fields. Find an area that matters to you (and the world).

Across the university

Cornellians are making a difference

Meet the people who are making the world better every day.

Good stories

Now is the time to do the greatest good

Learn more about the campaign, why it matters now, and the leaders guiding our efforts forward.

About the campaign

Find your cause

There are 25 colleges and units—all doing transformational work in their fields. Find an area that matters to you (and the world).

Across the university

Cornellians are making a difference

Meet the people who are making the world better every day.

Good stories
Students on campus in spring