Lisa Jervey Lennox, CIPA Assistant Director for External Relations & Communications
Cornell Institute for Public Affairs
Giving Day 2018 was a great success, thanks to the generosity of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the program. For Cornell’s 24-hour fundraising event on March 20, CIPA set a donor participation goal of 160 and a fundraising dollar goal of $15,000. When all the gifts were calculated, CIPA exceeded both goals: 167 people made gifts totaling $20,240. These gifts will support tuition fellowships to outstanding MPA candidates and CIPA's engaged learning projects around the globe.
CIPA staff and faculty presented karaoke performances on the CIPA Facebook page to encourage donations. When various milestone challenges were met, pre-determined performances would be unlocked. Admissions Coordinator Jennifer Evangelista’s rendition of “Somewhere over the Rainbow” (at $4,000), CIPA Lecturer Dan Lamb’s performance of James Brown’s “I Feel Good” (at $12,000), and CHE Dean Alan Mathios and Executive Director Tom O’Toole’s duet of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” were a few of the highlights.
Current students competed over participation rates. Ron Rigores, chair of the CIPA Fundraising Committee and team leader for the Class of 2018, led his class to victory with 37%. As a result, he will give O’Toole, team leader for the Class of 2019 which came in second with 27% participation, an ice bucket over the head at an April 11 Giving Day Pizza Party for both classes. The invitation calls for students to come and enjoy some “good food, drinks, and one icy Executive Director...!” Pictures will be forthcoming on the CIPA Facebook page.