Our Campaign to Spark the Greatest Good
The founder of Cornell University, Ezra Cornell, famously dedicated his resources “to do the greatest good,” and he decided that founding a university was the most powerful way to do that. His vision for a learning community with the founding principle of “…any person…any study” made a home for an institution like the Lab of Ornithology.
Founded more than a century ago, the Lab’s audience, ambition, and scientific reputation have reached a global scale. We are uniquely positioned to convert this potential energy into worldwide conservation impact—to begin to stem the accelerating loss of biodiversity across our planet, and to safeguard the ecosystems upon which all life depends.
Join us as we bring together a community of people to spark change. Learn more about the Cornell Lab’s Spark Campaign, below.
Interdisciplinary Science and Technology
Tackling the great issues of our age, from theory to practice and back
Our culture of discovery and innovation brings together scientists, modelers, engineers, educators, filmmakers, and artists, and equips the next generation of leaders with an interdisciplinary, tech-forward approach.
Educating students to be leaders who carry the Cornell ethos into the world
We lead the world in citizen science, generating open-source data at scale, and we amplify people’s connection with and stewardship of nature through evocative storytelling, K–12 education, and lifelong learning.
Science to Action
Engaging with others to create knowledge with impact
We move our science to action by synthesizing, translating, and applying big data to generate new insights about conservation challenges. We support partnerships with local communities and organizations around the world, and we empower others to conserve species and ecosystems.
Lab Campaign Team
- Ian OwensExecutive Director
- Bramble KlippleDirector, Development and Philanthropy
- Mary GuthrieDirector, Major Gifts and Corporate Marketing Partnerships
- Chris MillerIndividual Giving Officer
- Carolyn Sedgwick-LudwinLeadership Giving Officer
- Liz KinastAssistant Director, Gift Planning Administration and Stewardship
- Melissa WalkerMajor Gifts Associate
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