Recognition & Thanks


Each year, thousands of alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends show their loyalty to and belief in Cornell College through their generous philanthropic support. In appreciation of their gifts, we do our best to say thank you in the following ways:

2015-2016 Annual Report to Donors

Leadership Circle

Members of the Leadership Circle provide the college with long-term financial stability and help sustain Cornell's competitive edge.  By making an annual unrestricted gift of $10,000 or more you join other alumni and friends who ensure that the vital work of the college and its graduates continues.

Presidents Society

Members of the Presidents Society are philanthropic leaders who understand the power of a Cornell education and put the college first in their annual philanthropy.

Paul K. Scott Loyalty Society

Loyal donors are the cornerstone of Cornell's success.  In recognition of their important commitment, the Paul K. Scott Loyalty Society honors donors giving to Cornell with various degrees of loyalty — from our Charter members, who are just beginning their lifelong commitment to annual giving, to our Lifetime supporters, who have given to the college for 20 or more years.

Heritage Society

The Heritage Society recognizes alumni, parents and friends who create their Cornell legacy with a gift that benefits Cornell in the future.  Such gifts include bequests, beneficiary designations on an IRA or insurance policy, gift annuities or charitable trusts. 

Giving Societies

  • $1-$249: Contributors Society
  • $250-$499: The Rock Society
  • $500-$999: Hilltoppers Society
  • $1,000-$1,999: Royal Purple Society
  • $2,000+: Presidents Society