The second annual Cornell Giving Day takes place this April 19—a festive and inspiring virtual coming-together of alumni, parents, friends, and Big Red fans all over the world to raise support for Cornell over 24 hours. Colleges across Cornell engage in a friendly competition to see which can raise the most funds.
“Our hope is to get as big a number as possible to participate by making a gift on this day,” Says Sheila Reakes, director of annual giving within Alumni Affairs and Development. “Together, we can do so much more than we can do individually. Giving Day is an opportunity for all of us to join together to support something we all believe in.”
Getting involved in Giving Day is an excellent way for alumni, staff, students, and friends to make a difference and give back to the College of Veterinary Medicine. Last year, the College raised nearly $120,000 from more than 250 individuals. What’s more, almost 25% of all donors to the College of Veterinary Medicine were new donors.
Dr. Elizabeth Lynch ’90, DVM ’95, College of Veterinary Medicine Advisory Council Member, was one alum who pitched in last year, noting she enjoyed the “competitive aspect of the day”. She encourages her fellow classmates to get involved. “Gifts to the Veterinary College are important to the future of the College,” says Lynch. “The stronger the support people give, the more we can do for our students."
This year, the College hopes to do even better, Reakes says. “We hope to increase the number of donors to the College by at least 20%, in order to unlock challenge dollars available to the colleges and units,” she says. “That’s 300 or more donors—I’m sure we can achieve that goal!”