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University Fundraising

Cornell University appreciates and depends upon the generosity of alumni and friends to support its mission, programs, and purposes. Gifts must be solicited, accepted, processed, recorded, and acknowledged in a manner that protects the interests of both the institution and its donors.

Policy details


For policy clarification and interpretation at the Ithaca-based locations and Cornell Tech, contact the Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development. For Weill Cornell Medicine, contact the Assistant Vice Provost for Development, WCM.

Revision History:

09/14/2022: Added clarifying text.

08/09/2021: Clarified information about revocation of naming rights or honors and redirection of gifts.

06/21/2021: Reinstated information that had been unintentionally deleted regarding notifications and approvals relevant to naming rights.

04/19/2021: Transferred to new policy template. Increased clarity and detail in gift acceptance practices, naming practices, anonymity, and restrictions on involvement of development officers and donors in specified aspects of university work. Reorganized content for external (donors and prospective donors) and internal (staff) audiences

07/19/2019: Full review performed. Forms moved from University Policy Office website to Alumni Affairs and Development website. Title changed to "University Fundraising." Incorporated explicit guidance on solicitation of larger gifts, naming rights and conferral of honors. Added a process for revocation or redirection consistent with a Board of Trustee resolution adopted earlier in the 2018-19 academic year.

08/31/2017: Updated mailing addresses and URLs throughout.