From the President

Cornell University President Martha Pollack

Dear Colleagues,

Be the Solution—that’s the theme of this year’s United Way campaign. The United Way is a vital solution to the needs of families and individuals in Tompkins and neighboring counties, every single day. I am proud to support this year’s campaign, and I hope you’ll join me.

When Cornell faculty, staff, and students give to United Way, we as an institution show our support for the community we live in. Cornellians have a great track record of providing nearly 40 percent of the countywide United Way campaign funding every year.

Gifts large and small can make a big impact. Even $1 per paycheck will provide five days of Meals on Wheels for one person, two round-trips to transport a rural mom and her baby to a pediatrician, or an hour of home health aide services.

Please consider:

  • ​​​​​​​100% of your gift goes directly to programs and services, not to administrative or operating expenses.
  • You can choose where your gift goes, designating your favorite organization.
  • All gifts count toward participation in Cornell’s giving societies, including the President’s Leadership Association.
  • This year, I’m pleased to say that Pat Wynn, assistant vice president for student and campus life, and Rick Burgess, vice president for facilities and campus services, will again co-chair the Cornell United Way campaign, and we are grateful for their leadership.

You can learn more about the United Way, its agencies, and how you can help by visiting You can make a tax-deductible gift online, specify an amount to give through payroll deduction, or write a check. If you’d like to help the Cornell United Way Campaign in the coming weeks, contact campus United Way coordinator Susan Riley.

Whether it’s your first time giving, or you’ve contributed through Cornell for many years, I hope you will join us in this important effort for our community. Thanks for helping out!


Martha E. Pollack