Skip to main content

more options

Print This Page E-Mail This Page Decrease Font Size Increase Font Fize
Getting Started
Going Further

Meet Our Staff

Contact Us

Office of Trusts, Estates, and Gift Planning
Cornell University
130 E Seneca Street, Suite 400
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 1-800-481-1865
Fax: 607-254-1204


Assets That Can Become Gifts

The simplest way to support Cornell is through cash gifts. Many alumni, parents, and friends use cash, checks, and credit cards to make their gifts each year to the Cornell Annual Funds and to establish additional planned gifts.

But gift planning can make creative use of your other assets such as stocks, bonds, retirement accounts, and property (real estate and personal property such as art). Giving these assets can provide you with charitable deductions, and many can also offer other tax savings.

Photo of teacher and students in class. Link to Cash, Checks, and Credit Cards.
Cash, Checks, and Credit Cards
A gift of cash is easy to make.
Photo of graduates. Link to Appreciated Securities.
Appreciated Securities
Smart gift planning combines charitable intent with cost-efficient planning techniques.
Photo of student. Link to Retirement Plans.
Retirement Plans
Consider retirement-plan benefits for a significant gift to Cornell.
Photo of student. Link to Life Insurance.
Life Insurance
Life insurance may fund a gift or replace the value of a gifted asset.
Photo of teacher and students. Link to Tangible Personal Property.
Tangible Personal Property
Tangible property contributions provide charitable deductions based on a standard of "related use."
Photo of sculpture. Link to Real Estate.
Real Estate
Most kinds of real estate may be donated to Cornell.
Photo of students on campus. Link to Closely Held Business Stock.
Closely Held Business Stock
Business owners contributing closely held stock are allowed a charitable deduction.
Photo of student. Link to Privately Held, Family, Restricted, or Venture Securities.
Privately Held, Family, Restricted, or Venture Securities
Gifts of these securities can produce significant tax savings and avoid long-term capital-gain tax.