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PCCW's Philanthropy

PCCW members are a select group of alumnae committed to giving back to Cornell through volunteer efforts and philanthropic giving. Since its founding in 1990, PCCW members have given over $297 million to Cornell, a significant portion of which has been designated to one or more PCCW funds. While there is no required giving amount, PCCW strives for 100% giving participation from its members. PCCW values all contributions, so members should give at any level comfortable for them and to any Cornell program they wish to support.

The President's Council of Cornell Women established several endowed funds since its inception that support women students, faculty, and staff at Cornell. As the Council developed over the years, as needs grew and the economy changed, other giving opportunities were introduced.The funds described below are listed in order of priority for the current fiscal year which ends on June 30, 2017.

We welcome gifts in support of PCCW's specific efforts to advance the achievements of Cornell women. You can contribute to any of the PCCW funds online, using the links below.


New! PCCW Microgrants

PCCW invites Cornell women student organizations to submit proposals for projects or events that empower women, raise awareness of women’s issues, increase active participation of female constituencies, and/or facilitate interaction between female students, faculty, administrators, and alumnae.

PCCW Current Use Fund

In 2013-2014, PCCW introduced a PCCW Current Use Fund to supplement the useable money generated by the endowments each year. Gifts to the PCCW Current Use Fund can be spent in “real time” in the same or immediately following fiscal year. The PCCW Steering Committee directs how the money in this fund will be spent each year, guided by current needs and consistency with PCCW’s overall mission.

The funds collected in the PCCW Current Use Fund through June 30, 2017 will be used to augment the money available from the Affinito-Stewart Grants endowed fund to make grants in 2017 to junior women faculty under consideration for tenure. This is a critical need given the increased number of deserving applications received by the PCCW Grants Committee from junior women faculty (recently including those from Weill Cornell Medical College) and the increasing amount of money required to be able to make meaningful, impactful grants.

PCCW Endowed Funds

The money raised through the endowed funds is the basis for grants awarded by the PCCW Grants Committee and for PCCW scholarships the university awards to deserving women students. Our generosity has empowered many women faculty and staff in their career advancement, helped meet student tuition needs, and funded many programs that advance the status of women. Members who prefer to contribute to one of PCCW's endowed funds have several options.

Funds for Student Scholarships

  • Leadership Scholarship Endowment Fund

    In honor of PCCW's 20th anniversary in 2010, we established the PCCW Leadership Scholarship Endowment Fund. Each year, scholarships are awarded to one or more undergraduate women (sophomore, junior, or senior) who have exhibited leadership at Cornell. Since its founding, we have raised more than $1 million in this fund for student scholarships.

    • Give online to the PCCW Leadership Scholarship Endowment Fund (#0006042)
  • PCCW Cornell Tradition Fellowship
    PCCW created a scholarship fund within the Cornell Tradition program to support undergraduate women students who demonstrate a commitment to work, public service, and academic excellence. Up to three students are selected each year from a national pool of applicants. The PCCW Cornell Tradition Fellowships ensure that bright, promising women can study at Cornell, no matter what their financial means.

    • Give online to the PCCW Cornell Tradition Fellowship (#345115).

Funds to Support Tenure Applications of Junior Women Faculty

  • PCCW Affinito-Stewart Grants
    Thanks to member gifts and commitments, PCCW has surpassed its goal of $1 million for the Affinito-Stewart Endowment, which has a significant impact on many female faculty members. These treasured grants aim to increase the long-term retention of women on the Cornell faculty by supporting the completion of research that is important in the tenure process. With this year's awards, the program has awarded more than $1,150,327 to 237 women at Cornell since 1990 to support research and other academic projects.

Funds to Support Programming to Enhance the Experience of Women Students, Faculty, and Staff

PCCW 25th Anniversary Gannett Fund

We are delighted to report that we have met our goal! However, the fund is still open to those who would like to expand our contribution to the health center.

2015 was an important milestone for the university and PCCW. In recognition of PCCW's 25th Anniversary, the university's sesquicentennial, and the year the administration committed to expand Gannett Health Center, PCCW raised money for a waiting room in sexual health and wellness services in Gannett named in honor of PCCW and Susan Murphy. Susan Murphy, who retired in June 2015 after 21 years as vice president for Student and Academic Services, was an important part of PCCW for decades. The successful funding of the Gannett Health Center project was one of her highest priorities. PCCW raised over $250,000 in current gifts or multi-year pledges by June 30, 2015, but is still taking contributions from anyone interested in order to provide a cushion to guarantee that we fulfill the multi-year commitments. Please contact Justine Guariglia or Tom LaFalce for more information on options for multiyear gifts.

Other Ways to Give

Did you know your support can extend beyond annual giving to PCCW? Making a planned gift—whether by leaving a bequest to the university in your will, or by naming Cornell as the beneficiary of a charitable remainder trust, charitable gift annuity, life insurance policy, or retirement fund—can provide essential support for PCCW priorities in the future. All planned gifts can be designated to support PCCW priorities or other priorities of your choosing. Planned gifts can offer significant tax advantages and in some cases generate lifetime income for you or your chosen beneficiaries. Learn more about the services offered by Cornell's Office of Trusts, Estates and Gift Planning by visiting their site, or by contacting Justine Guariglia at or (607) 254-1548.

For those who prefer not to give online, or to give to Cornell programs other than PCCW, there are several options available:

  • Click here for other Cornell giving options.
  • Phone: 1-800-279-3099 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
  • Check payable to Cornell University: Cornell University, P.O. Box 25842, Lehigh Valley, PA,

If you are interested in establishing your own named PCCW scholarship, or if you have questions about any of these funds, please contact Justine Guariglia at or 607-254-1548, or Tom LaFalce '94 at or 607-254-6459.