Billionaire David Einhorn Gifting $50 Million to Learning and Community Engagement


David Einhorn

Cornell University Unveils “Engaged Cornell, ” a $150 Million Groundbreaking 10-Year Initiative for Real-World Learning and Community Engagement
100 percent of undergraduates to participate in high-quality, experience-based learning opportunities by 2025

This transformation is being realized through an act of public service that matches the mission itself – a $50 million gift from the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust whose mission is to help people get along better. David Einhorn and Cheryl Strauss Einhorn, both members of Cornell Class of 1991, head the Trust.

“David and I are thrilled to partner with Cornell to educate and empower faculty and students to have important learning opportunities beyond the classroom, ” said Cheryl Einhorn, a journalist and adjunct faculty member at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. “Engaged Cornell will enable students to build relationships with people in different places and from different backgrounds while affecting real change.”

David Einhorn, founder and president of Greenlight Capital, added: “Engaged Cornell will institutionalize public service as a cornerstone of every Cornellian’s educational experience, a critical step toward recognizing that until we have the skills to work together, we won’t be able to effectively tackle the world’s greatest challenges.”

“Public engagement has been described as integral to Cornell, but we can’t take it for granted as a birthright, ” said Robert S. Harrison, chair of the Cornell Board of Trustees and chief executive officer of the Clinton Global Initiative. “We must strive to realize its promise year after year. The Einhorn Family Charitable Trust has made an incredible investment toward this aspiration, and I am confident that the university’s many champions will meet the challenge of raising $100 million in additional philanthropy to empower Engaged Cornell fully.”

“As the university prepares to celebrate our sesquicentennial, I am deeply grateful for this far-reaching investment in public engagement – an enduring priority at Cornell since its founding, ” said President David J. Skorton. “Public engagement has thrived throughout the university in part because of the sustained enthusiasm from our community of scholars and the increasing need and demand. It enriches the intellectual, social and professional lives of our students, faculty and staff.”

“This exciting new initiative speaks to the creativity and vision inherent in the university’s mission, ” said Cornell President-elect Elizabeth Garrett. “The Einhorns’ dedication to transforming public engagement on this campus and around the world is truly inspiring.”

“As our faculty and students participate in this initiative, they will develop vital partnerships with each other and with communities to explore ideas and to solve complex problems, ” said Provost Kent Fuchs. “As Cornell raises the standard for public engagement, the university will play a leading and collaborative role among institutions of higher learning.”


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