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Email information: General Outline

In general:

  • Audience is important: you are speaking to people who know you.
  • Emails should be short. Two to three short paragraphs is a good length.
  • Sentences should be to the point and demonstrate impact.
  • People are giving to you, supporting you, and investing in your department or program; hearing what their impact is connects them to you.
  • Be sure to link to your department or program page several times within the email.

Email Structure:


What makes your department or program special? What research is taking place? What recent student projects were exceptional? What have faculty done recently that is new, noteworthy, groundbreaking?

Sample language

  • The DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM is at the forefront of world-changing scholarship in AREA OF STUDY. Faculty members are undertaking cutting-edge research studying NAME OF PROJECT.
  • Students in the DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM are at the forefront of AREA OF STUDY. They are impacting the field of NAME by DETAILS OF RESEARCH OR SCHOLARSHIP.

Paragraph 2: What do gifts to your department/program make possible?

Is there one particular project you are trying to get support for? A couple of sentences about what the project entails and the impact it will have on students and faculty should be included.

Likewise, support at all levels makes a difference. What can gifts of $10, $25, $50, $100 make possible for the department/program?

Sample language

  • A new microscope would allow students to undertake more in-depth research.
  • A gift of $XX allows DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM to bring a speaker to campus/buy a subscription service for students and faculty/allows students to take a trip to an archive/buy a piece of equipment for a lab.
  • A defining moment of the student experience of the DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM is attending NAME conference. Students who attend NAME OF CONFERENCE have the chance to present their research projects, meet students from all over the country, interact with faculty members, and develop themselves as scholars on a national level. Gifts to the DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM allow us to send more students to this conference by helping to offset student travel and registration costs.

Sample Email


Financial aid is the backbone of Ezra Cornell’s need blind vision of “any student,” allowing the gift of higher education to be obtainable by all.

Support for undergraduate scholarships is crucial to making this vision a reality. Scholarships allow students to pursue their academic passions without the burden of heavy debt, and brings the possibility of attending an Ivy League institution within reach for low-and middle-income families.

Gifts to scholarship go toward meeting the high demand for financial aid within the College. On Giving Day, that impact is magnified as gifts from all over the globe come together in support of our students and faculty, and as the College becomes eligible for challenge dollars through this generosity.

I hope you will choose to support the College of Arts & Sciences today as Cornell’s alumni, parents, and friends come together in answer of the question what difference can one day make?, and make a difference today for the students who turn to the College for the education they need to become tomorrow’s leaders.


Social media basics

See social media resources and guidelines.

Giving Day URLs

Download a pdf of direct links for departments, programs and the College Giving Day site.

Timeline reminders

All timeline information can be found on the central the central Giving Day resource website.