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About the campaign

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Ezra Cornell built a better future for his community, his country, and the world. He wanted, as he put it, “to do the greatest good” with the resources he had, and he decided that founding a university was the most powerful way to do it. From that deeply personal commitment grew a global institution whose founding principle of “... any person ... any study” revolutionized higher education and reverberated across countless lives.

More than 150 years later, Cornellians remain united by the drive to make Cornell and the world better for future generations.

Today’s complex challenges are not the same ones that moved Ezra Cornell to take action, but the university he built is uniquely ready to take them on. Cornell is one of the few institutions in the world with the range of expertise and depth of commitment necessary to address the issues facing our world today.

By 2026, we seek to connect at least 200,000 Cornellians to one another and to the university—through interactions large and small—and to raise at least $5 billion to continue to fulfill our founding promise in an ever-more-complex world.

Our fundraising goals:
$3 billion raised for the Ithaca campus
$1.5 billion raised for Weill Cornell Medicine
$500 million raised for Cornell Tech

Together, we will help Cornell to remain an educational beacon, a source for solutions, and a bridge to the world. We ask every Cornellian to join us in helping Cornell to do the greatest good for our time, and for all time.


Connecting 200,000 Cornellians

The interactions of hundreds of thousands connect Cornellians with one another and the university. No matter their size, these interactions multiply Cornell’s capacity to do the greatest good for students and communities all over the world.

Together, Cornellians can build these impactful connections by:

  • Attending Cornell events online or in person
  • Sharing time as a Cornell volunteer
  • Making a gift to Cornell
  • Reading and interacting with Cornell stories and more
  • students on campus in fall
    Planet Earth reflected in the shape of the Cornell C

    We're doing the greatest good as:

    An educational beacon

    Educating students to be leaders who carry the Cornell ethos into the world

    Cornellians learn not only to thrive in their own lives and careers but to lead in a changing world. Committing to our students—welcoming, educating, supporting, and developing “any person”—is the most profound commitment we can make.

    Focus areas

    • Access for any student—expanding access and increasing socioeconomic diversity of the student body
    • Educational verve—pursuing new ways to teach and to learn that are creative, evidence-based, and always moving forward
    • Personal wellbeing and growth—providing resources and teaching skills to promote physical and mental health that create a thriving student body
    Students walk through campus in the early evening.
    A source of solutions

    Tackling the great issues of our age, from theory to practice and back

    At the heart of Cornell, we find brilliant individuals working at the frontier of human knowledge. Cornellians engage directly with meaningful issues that challenge our world and our society.

    Focus areas

    • Global sustainability
    • Human and animal health
    • Human creativity
    • Social and economic equity
    • Technology and society
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    A bridge to the world

    Engaging with others to create knowledge with impact

    New York is our home, but Cornellians are everywhere—and so is our impact. This campaign will help Cornell broaden its reach—to do even greater good—in collaboration with communities worldwide.

    Focus areas

    • Partnerships across communities
    • Presence in New York City
    • International reach
    Students at Cornell Tech

    University campaign leadership

    Campaign co-chair

    Gary Davis ’76

    Gary Davis is a principal of DKR Capital Partners L.P. in Greenwich, Connecticut. Gary serves as co-vice chair on the Cornell University Board of Trustees and as chair of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Advisory Council.

    Gary Davis
    Campaign co-chair

    Richard Emmet ’94

    Richard Emmet is retired and lives in Larchmont, New York. Richard serves as a member of the Cornell University Board of Trustees and is a co-chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Campaign Committee.

    Richard Emmet
    Campaign co-chair

    Tom Groos ’78

    Tom Groos lives in Chicago, Illinois and is a partner at City Light Capital. A former Cornell University trustee, Tom now serves as a Presidential Councillor and a life member of Cornell University Council.

    Tom Groos
    Campaign co-chair

    Katrina James ’96

    Katrina James is the managing director of Dallas County Promise at the Commit Partnership in Dallas, Texas. Katrina currently serves as a member of the Cornell University Board of Trustees, chair of Cornell Mosaic, and Reunion chair for the Class of 1996.

    Katrina James
    Campaign co-chair

    Peggy Koenig ’78

    Peggy Koenig is the chair emeritus of Abry Partners in Boston, Massachusetts. Peggy serves as co-vice chair on the Cornell University Board of Trustees, chair of the Executive Committee of the Board, chair of the Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy Advisory Council, and as a member of the Cornell Tech Council.

    Peggy Koenig
    Campaign co-chair

    Anne Smalling ’87

    Anne Smalling is the president and managing partner of HM International in Austin, Texas. Anne serves as a member of the Cornell University Board of Trustees, co-chair of the College of Engineering Campaign Committee, and chair of the Class of 1987 30th Reunion Campaign.

    Anne Smalling ’87
    Campaign co-chair

    Enrique Vila-Biaggi ’94, MEng ’95

    Enrique Vila-Biaggi is the president and chief executive officer of iedifiko, a buildings and facilities management company in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Enrique is a member of the Cornell University Board of Trustees, a co-chair of the Tower Club, and a life member of the Cornell University Council.

    Enrique Vila-Biaggi
    Why give

    Your support means the world.

    By making a campaign gift, you’re joining a movement to make a lasting difference in our world—to do the greatest good—for our time, for all time.

    Give today
    Subtropical forest, Lezama Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Statue of Ezra Cornell

    Campaign launch event

    President Martha E. Pollack shared the university’s plans for continuing to honor our founding principles in the biggest, most world-changing way we can. Did you miss it? Watch the campaign launch event on-demand now.

    You'll hear from faculty working to solve the most urgent problems of our time, Cornell leadership breaking new ground to commit to the university’s mission, and incredible students leading the way to a bright future. Watch now and get inspired to do the greatest good.

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