Leadership Circle - $10,000+ 
Presidents Society
- $2,000+
Royal Purple Society - $1,000-$1,999
Hilltoppers Society - $500-$999
"The Rock" Society - $250-$499
Contributors Society - $1-$249

Make a Gift to Cornell

Cornell College depends on contributions of all sizes from alumni, parents and friends in order to sustain and enhance its excellence in liberal arts education. To make a gift to Cornell College, please choose from the options below. And don't forget that you may be able to increase the impact of your support through corporate matching gifts.

 Your gift will be recorded upon receipt and an acknowledgement letter and tax receipt sent to you. Thank you in advance for your support of Cornell! 

Give now

There are several convenient ways to make your gift to Cornell right now:

  • Give online
    It's fast, easy and secure. Complete the secure online form to make your gift with American Express, Visa, MasterCard or Discover.
  • Give by phone
    Please call the office of College Advancement at 1-877-683-7666 to make your gift by phone or to ask questions about giving opportunities.
  • Give by mail
    Complete the gift form and include with your gift to:

    Cornell College
    Office of Alumni & College Advancement
    First Street Southwest
    Mount Vernon, IA  52314

Give later

There are also several other ways to make your gift to Cornell:

  • Give monthly by credit card or electronic funds transfer (EFT)
    By having your gift automatically deducted from your bank account or credit card and transferred to Cornell each month, you eliminate check-writing charges and postage for yourself. You also reduce the college's mailing and processing costs, meaning more of your gift will be used for its intended purpose. Complete the monthly giving enrollment form (pdf) to take advantage of this program.
  • Faculty/Staff Contributions
    Many members of the faculty and staff at Cornell College not only give of their time and talent, but also their treasure.  If you are a faculty or staff member of the college and would like to contribute to Cornell you may use the Faculty/Staff contribution form which also includes instructions on how to give through payroll deduction.
  • Transfer stock
    The college welcomes gifts of stock. To ensure prompt and accurate processing of your gift it is important that you or your financial planner notify the college of your intentions by calling the Office of College Advancement at 1-877-683-7666. For more instruction on how to transfer stock to Cornell College, click here (pdf), or contact Jennifer Boettger 319/895-4153.
  • Increase your gift with a corporate matching gift
    Matching gifts can increase the amount of your donation. If you or your spouse works for a company with a matching gifts program, obtain a matching gift form from your human resources department and include it with your gift to Cornell. Check our matching gift lookup utility to see if your company offers such a program.
  • Planned gifts
    Providing for the future of Cornell College can be accomplished through a planned gift. Common types of planned gifts include bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, and charitable lead trusts. For more information, contact:

    Kristi Columbus
    Director of Development
    Phone: (319) 895-4202
    Fax: (319) 895-5670
    kcolumbus @
  • Non-cash Gifts
    Sometimes items of personal property, or in-kind donations, have value to the college. Please refer to Cornell’s policy for in-kind gifts.