The Sun’s First Annual Giving Day





Founded in 1880, The Sun is the oldest continuously independent college daily in the United States. The Sun publishes a print edition on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday during the academic year and is free on newsstands and online. The Sun is staffed entirely by Cornell students, aside from a few full-time production and business positions, and operates out of an office building in downtown Ithaca.

As an independent, student newspaper we are financially independent of Cornell University. We do not receive any money, staffing, or assistance from the University and are unable to participate in their day of giving. Help keep us reporting with a tax-deductible donation to the Cornell Daily Sun Alumni Association, a non-profit dedicated to aiding The Sun.

Check out some of the work we do below:


March 12, 2020 | 12 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. EST

The Sun’s First Annual Giving Day will be a 24-hour campaign of giving to help The Sun fundraise for operating and development costs. The Sun’s Giving Day campaign is not linked with Cornell University’s campaign. All donations can be made to the non-profit group that helps support The Sun, the Cornell Daily Sun Alumni Association. We hope that during this day of giving on the Hill, you will consider donating to our organization, which while separate from Cornell, plays an integral role as record keeper, historian, and watchdog. Donations made today can help The Sun shine for another year.



The Sun is responsible for all operating costs including printing, delivery, full-time staff salaries, student production staff salaries, software licensing and office maintenance. The Cornell Daily Sun Alumni Association helps subsidize these costs through regular donations to The Sun. Additionally, the Cornell Daily Sun Alumni Association helps sponsor projects The Sun pursues for positive development, most recently including an Intergroup Dialogue Project session for diversity and inclusion. Your donations help grow the Alumni Association’s ability to make donations sponsor such projects.

Each donation benefits The Sun’s 42 editors and 200+ staff. The benefits can be seen in each of our departments as well and each donation helps preserve The Sun for a future generation of Cornellians and undergraduate students. The Sun is one of the only opportunities for undergraduates from Cornell to get real journalism experience as Cornell University has no journalism courses nor a journalism major. All of our students (except for our production staff) work on a volunteer-basis and donations can be used to help keep the office a productive workspace for them, compensate them for dining or arts content expenses, and allow them to go to conferences and work on individual projects.

Local media is suffering across the country, and it is only because of our generous alumni and regular donors that we are able to continue while we navigate the changing media landscape. We want to keep The Sun shining for years to come and appreciate any amount you are able to contribute to our operating and development expenses.


The Sun accepts donations throughout the year, but on March 12 from 12 a.m. – 11:59 p.m., Giving Day donations can securely be made in the following ways:

  1. Visit and click the Support the Sun button or visit our donation page at
  2. Mail a check made out to The Cornell Daily Sun Alumni Association to the following address:

The Cornell Daily Sun Alumni Association

139 W. State Street

Ithaca, NY 14850

All contributions made to the Cornell Daily Sun Alumni Association are deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.



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