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Chancellor’s Society Recognizes More Than 200 Top Donors

March 11, 2009 | Partners and Supporters

In recognition of the enormous impact of corporate, foundation and individual donors who have contributed gifts of $1 million and above during the first phase of the Invest in CUNY campaign, the university has established the Chancellor’s Society. The more than 200 donors in this group range from generous alumni and friends to major national foundations. Their gifts run the gamut from general support to endowed chairs, student scholarships and fellowships, innovative academic programs, advanced scientific research, to a broad array of community projects.

Many foundations and corporations included in the Chancellor’s Society have made generous gifts to two or more CUNY colleges and supported various program initiatives. Highlights of this university-wide philanthropy include:

  • The Starr Foundation, which funds numerous scholarships and provides general support to Baruch College, City College and Hunter College and centrally to the university;
  • New York Community Trust, which supports a range of academic programs at a dozen CUNY campuses
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has, through CUNY, created early college and international high schools throughout New York City;
  • The Ford Foundation, which supports academic initiatives and programs at eight CUNY colleges; the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which funds research across the university and support centers and institutes at several campuses;
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which funds fellowships and scholarships at several CUNY colleges, including the Macaulay Honors College.

In total, 30 leadership donors have invested more than $100 million in multiple colleges at CUNY. The list includes:

After-School Corporation Apple Computer Inc.
The Carnegie Corporation Citi Foundation
Con Edison Irene Diamond Fund
The Ford Foundation The Wallace Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation IBM
Jewish Foundation for Education of Women The JPMorgan Chase Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Independence Community Foundation
W. K. Kellogg Foundation Mr. Theodore Kheel and Nurture New York’s Nature, Inc.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation MetLife Foundation
Mount Sinai Hospital The New York Community Trust
New York Life Foundation Open Society Institute
The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation The Robin Hood Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation May and Samuel Rudin Foundation
The September 11th Fund Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
The Starr Foundation


You can read about the transformative effect of 10 of these gifts in the Tribute to Philanthropy, a booklet to be published by the Campaign office in conjunction with the celebration of philanthropy at CUNY and launch of the expanded Campaign on March 25th. The Tribute can be found at www.cuny.edu/invest (after March 25)