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.
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.
June 21, 2021: Added two sentences at the end of section 1.3.4.
April 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
July 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.
August 31, 2017: Updated mailing addresses and URLs throughout.