Posted
Apr 29, 2019
by
Lisa Jervey Lennox, Assistant Director for Communications
In Cornell Institute for Public Affairs

Punctuated by lighthearted competition between alumni and current classes and entertaining videos of faculty staff taking pies to the face when pre-set donor milestones were reached, Cornell’s Giving Day 2019 was a rousing success for the CIPA program, breaking all previous records for both donor participation and total funds raised.

Faculty on Giving Day

Professors and CIPA Core Faculty members (l to r) Nancy Brooks, Pete Loucks, Rick Geddes, and Sharon Tennyson, prepare to take pies to the face when donations reach the $23,000 milestone. See the CIPA YouTube page for the full range of videos showing the before and after!

Thanks to the generosity of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the program, CIPA also exceeded its fundraising goals for this year’s Giving Day, setting an impressive benchmark for future years.  By day’s end, donors blew past the program’s $25,000 goal, raising a grand total of $35,319. The 175 individual donor participation goal was also surpassed, with 236 total donors contributing to the day’s success.

This year, gifts to CIPA were put toward seeding two new fellowship programs that support promising women leaders and leaders from developing countries:  

  • Women's Leadership Scholarship: Women make up half the population but are much less well represented in leadership positions in both business and government. This scholarship will provide support to exceptional female applicants with the potential to become tomorrow's leaders.   
     
  • Global Leaders Fellowship: The world faces numerous policy challenges, many of which are exacerbated in countries with more limited economic resources. This fellowship will support a promising applicant from the developing world whose goals include working to improve economic and social conditions in the developing world. 

Held March 14, Giving Day coincided with international Pi Day, which served to inspire CIPA’s “pie” challenge. To motivate and reward donors for their gifts, CIPA faculty and staff enjoyed a pie to the face when milestone goals were met.  Virtually everyone from Lecturers Derek and Laura Cabrera and John Foote, to staff members Jennifer Evangelista and Judy Metzgar, to core faculty members Nancy Brooks and Rick Geddes, were involved. Even former CIPA Director David Lewis, current Director Maria Fitzpatrick, and Interim Dean of the College of Human Ecology Rachel Dunifon took a good natured pie to the face.  All of the videos are still available for viewing on the CIPA YouTube channel.

Several of our previous CPAS presidents and vice presidents participated in the event by serving as Giving Day Champions, leading their respective class’s fundraising efforts.  These champions included: 

  • Jonathan Cummings - Class of 2018
  • Hill Wolfe and Isabel Band - Class of 2016
  • Nicholas Zuba - Class of 2015
  • Alvaro Salas-Castro - Class of 2014
  • Nicole Majestic - Class of 2012
  • Alison Cathles - Class of 2009 

Among them, the overall coveted “Class Cup Winner” was the Class of 2012 led by Nicole Majestic, who raised $2,143.38 from 23 donors. 

Another competition—this one between current classes of 2019 and 2020—added to the fun of the day.  Claudia Ro, CPAS president '19, and Arbias Llolluni, CPAS president '20, led their respective cohorts in the effort to get the most participation.  When final numbers were tallied, the Class of 2019 was declared the winner, with 66% of the class participating.  The Class of 2020 was very close behind, with 64% of the class participating.  

For the win, the Class of 2019 received a $500 gift from CIPA Fundraising Chair Ron Rigores, which goes toward their graduation week activities.  CIPA also hosted them for an ice skating party on April 12 at Lynah Rink.  

 

Giving Day Lynah PartyMembers of the Class of 2019 enjoy their Giving Day prize—an ice skating party at Lynah Rink--for the highest participation of a current class.

Thank you to all our donors!

Jonathan Abraham

Gustavo Aguilar Miranda

Elaha Akhtar Mohammad

Enkhzul Altangerel

Anam Amin

Adriana Arango Guillen

Eduardo Ascanio Gosling

Michael Austerlitz

Ammad Bahalim

Nicole Baptista

Christine Barker

Judy Bartlett

Khaliun Bat-Orig

Anomitra Bhattacharya

Mariana Botao

Sohini Brandon-King

Dubary Brea

Andrew Brenner

Rebecca Brenner

Nancy Brooks

Laura Cabrera

Xavier Campbell

T.J. Carrizales

Sarah Cartagena

Michael Carter

Alison Cathles

Meaghan Charkowick

Arpit Chaturvedi

Zhiying Chen

Felix Cheng

Michael Hanson

Elizabeth Hartman

Peter He

Muhammad Ali Ilahi

Wasiq Ismail

Aleksandra Janjic

Amy Jeng

Wei Jiang

Daniel Johansen

Stephen Johnson

Scott Johnson

Karan Kalhan

Victoria Kasonde

Neal Kern

Afshan Khoja

Nahmjin Kim

Priscilla Koo Wilkens

Mary Ann Krisa

Daryna Kulaha

Jennifer Kusznir

Dan Lamb

William LaRose

Thomas LaRose

Tracy LaRose

Sally Lee

Elisabeth Lembo

Lisa Lennox

Lintong Li

Diego Licon

John O'Toole

Zeynep Ozbil

Katelyn Palumbo

Aileen Pan

Sangwoo Park

David Peck

Ryan Pemberton

Ziyan Peng

Sam Peprah

Huong Pham

Claudia Poclaba

Christopher Pollock

Cara Pratt

Marilyn Quaidoo

Adriana Ramirez Flores

Arianna Rebancos

Jillian Reynolds

Steve Riester

Ronald Rigores

Ronald M. Rigores

Vanessa Rivera

Claudia Ro

Guyton Robinson

Amanda Robinson

Margarita Rosas Machado

Lee Rudofsky

Sara Rudow

Gretchen Ruethling

Kristen Rupert

Benjamin Sandberg

Sarah Schirmer

Robert Vera

Viviane Vieira Gomide

Adina Walzer

Kevin Wandrei

Tianyu Wang

Xueying Wang

Eve Wang

Hanxu Wang

Hanyuan Wang

Margaret Wassenaer

Xiang Wei

Eleanor Wen

William White

Michelle Wolinsky

Thomas Worhach

Ziluo Wu

Yinyin Xu

Sapphire Yang

Jiayang Yang

Song Ye

Yan Tung Yip

Wenlu Yu

Li Yuan

Yeareen Yun

Liu Yun

Zhigang Zeng

Yucheng Zheng

 

David Chipurnoi

Byron Chiu

Eric Christensen

Molly Conlin

Nathaniel Cordova

Jonathon Cummings

Jamila Daniel

Rebecca Darling

Jonathan Davey

Robert Dicks

Mohamed El Messidy

Bayarmaa Enkhtaivan

Benjamin Fenwick

Nancy Ferguson

Andrea Findley

Marcell Fischler

Maria Fitzpatrick

Joyce Fitzpatrick

Jason Fluegel

Eric Foley

John Foote

Elgin Ford

Donovan Fox

Hope Fry

Beth Fry

Yihui Fu

Xiao Fu

Shomin Fukuzawa

Clayton Fuller

Alyssa Funk

Tushig Gankhuyag

Han Gao

Gabriela Garcia Arcia

Elenore Garton

Prabhat Gautam

Chandra Ghosal

Sandra Gonzalez

Melissa Gradie

Steven Greco

Mark Griffin

Pietari Grohn

Lihong Gui

Jinchao Guo

Anshuman Gupta

Ankur Gupta

Palina Gurung

Mayte Gutierrez Lagua

Tao Ling

Zai Liu

Shanjia Liu

Meishan Liu

Arbias Llolluni

Katherine Long

Yrenilsa Lopez

Daniel Loucks

Paulina Lucio Maymon

Manwen Luo

Halle Mahoney

Daniel Mahoney

Alexandria Maloney

Kathryn March

Carolyn Marguet

John Mathiason

Drew McElhare

Mary McKean

Kerry Meade

Alqayam Meghji

Jairo Mena Arce

Matthew Metzgar

Laurie Miller

Douglas Miller

Tyler Miller

Eliza Mohlie

Sebastian Molina Gasman

Naomi Morrison

Yuki Motomiya

Manshuk Mukhamejanova

Amanda Mullan

Nevin Murchie

Daniel Nolan

Clare O'Brien

Grant O'Brien

Kiichi Ohshima

Sofia Olofsson

Raymond Ortiz

Thomas O'Toole

Rupa Shah

John Sipple

Andrew Siwo

Peter Smet

John Smet

Andrew Smet

Stefanie Smith

Nora Smithhisler

Tulga Solongo

Tamara Struk

Jeremy Stull

Yulong Su

Lintong Su

Marion Sullivan

Sandy Sun

Kristin Szczepaniec

Dora Tan

Shi Tang

Adam Terragnoli

Khyatee Tewari

James Thurston

David Tipping

John Tobin

Stephanie Toro

Sandra Tosta

Robert Toth

Douglas Tyler

Danindu Udalamaththa Gamage

Cristian Valenzuela

Nicholas Zuba

Brandon Chiazza