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Cornell Giving Societies


Cornell's giving societies program, begun with the Tower Club in 1961, has helped the university foster its tradition of philanthropy by recognizing its most generous supporters. All giving societies (except the Cayuga Society) recognize members on an annual basis and, as part of the Cornell Annual Fund, stress the importance of unrestricted giving to the University.

The giving societies program includes volunteer committees composed of alumni, parents, and friends who volunteer their time to ask for support at the Ivy Society, and Tower Club levels. Click here to learn more about these volunteer opportunities.

Why become a giving society member?

Tower Club. Quadrangle Club. Dean's Circle. What does it really mean to be a giving society member? Making an annual gift at one of the giving society levels allows you to play an important role in the financial health of Cornell and make a powerful statement about how much you value a Cornell education. Click here to learn how giving society gifts provide Cornell the flexibility to respond in the here and now.

Giving Societies

Ezra Cornell Circle $100,000 and up
President's Circle $25,000 to $99,999
Dean's Circle $10,000 to $24,999
Tower Club $5,000 to $9,999
Quadrangle Club $1,000 to $4,999
Charter Society $500 to $999
Ivy Society $250 to $499*
Cayuga Society Planned Gift
1865 Society 2 or more consecutive years of giving


*Recognizes members who graduated within the past 10 years

For more information

If you have comments or questions about these giving societies, please contact cornell_fund@cornell.edu or call 1-800-279-3099.