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An Outpouring of Generosity

Each year, ILR alumni, parents and friends come together to support the ILR School.

Students impact around the world

Over 1,000 donors come together each year in support of the ILR Annual Fund. They provide immediate support for the School’s most pressing needs—both the planned for and the unexpected.

ILR Annual Fund donors ensure that all students have the resources they need to be successful. Academic year 2020-2021 was unlike any other because of the pandemic and financial crisis. Gifts to the ILR Annual Fund supported increased financial aid need for students and funded summer research and professional experiences for students who could not otherwise afford the opportunities.

The ILR Annual Fund also helps recruit and retain faculty who are outstanding educators and leading researchers in their fields. During the COVID-19 pandemic, ILR faculty members have been at the forefront of research and discourse about transformations and disruptions to work.

Gifts to the ILR Annual Fund make all the difference.

Named Funds at the ILR School

ILR alumni, parents and friends create named, endowed and current use funds to support scholarship, students, faculty, programs and institutes at ILR.

Examples of typical funds and impact include:

Scholarship

Cornell’s need-blind admissions and need-based financial aid are a cornerstone of the University, and a concrete expression of Ezra Cornell’s vision to “found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.” Cornell is one of a handful of America’s universities that admit any student regardless of ability to pay. Fifty percent of ILR students receive financial aid in a typical year, with nearly 20 percent receiving full financial aid. Named scholarships help to make a Cornell education possible for all students, no matter their resources.

Students

The ILR student experience goes beyond the classroom. Students apply lessons learned on campus to real-world situations through research, internships and international programs. These opportunities have a lasting impact on students’ lives and in communities across the United States and around the world. Thanks to donor support, ILR ensures all students have the resources they need to be successful from the time they are admitted through graduation.

Faculty

Distinguished faculty set ILR apart from its competitors. Dedicated to students and teaching a rich, practical curriculum, while also producing timely and highly relevant scholarly research, ILR’s faculty are world-class. The great faculty who built the ILR School and taught generations of ILRies are now retiring. ILR is hiring leading scholars and teachers who will shape the future of ILR and influence the lives of students for decades to come.

Donors support faculty hiring and research. These gifts help the School recruit the next generation of ILR faculty who are thought-leaders addressing the major issues of today including inequality, diversity, equity and inclusion, migration, climate change, solutions for a global economy and the impact of rapid technological change on the workforce.

To learn more about supporting ILR, please contact Jennifer Sellen at jds13@cornell.edu.