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Cornell Students 4 Black Lives

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Who We Are

Cornell Students for Black Lives (C4BL) is a coalition of 185+ affinity, cultural, greek, and professional student organizations committed to utilizing its networks to amplify the black voices on campus in promoting activism and education to combat both explicit and implicit racism. 

Recently, we’ve partnered with the Cornell Black Alumni Association (CBAA) to coordinate and implement a broader vision for improving the lives of Black students at Cornell. A small percentage of donations received from  June 19, until the fundraiser’s end on June 23 11:59 PM PST will be used to finance education and advocacy for Black liberation at Cornell, guided by C4BL and CBAA. Of this amount, what is not used for on-campus programming will cover administrative expenses related to funding disbursement.

Your donation may be eligible for tax-deduction to the extent allowed by law. Please contact CBAA to inquire further about gift receipts at

How We Started

C4BL was initially started by a Cornell student and ally, who recognized the need for a campus-wide coalition. Inspired by the fundraiser started by Rice for Black Life, this initiative was mirrored after their model. After enlisting the support of various student organizations, an effort was made to ensure that black voices were leading this initiative. As a result, C4BL is led by a committee of Black Cornellians who have chosen the means by which all fundraising efforts are conducted and which organizations funds raised are distributed to. 

We believe that one of the best ways we can support the work of black activists and grassroots organizers who are currently mobilizing to get justice for the wrongful deaths of black Americans is by calling on Cornellians to take advantage of the financial privilege within our community. In raising funds for our chosen charities we hope to be a part of the creation of a better world for our black community in Ithaca and beyond.

Who We Are Supporting

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund: NAACP is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, it seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. 

Southside Community Center:  The Southside Community Center is a local community resource that since 1934 has sought to affirm, empower, and foster the development of self-pride among the African-American citizens of greater Ithaca. Through forums and activities in education, political and social awareness, the Southside Community Center is a community resource center. Southside serve as a vehicle to develop an appreciation for the contributions and presence of those peoples of African descent in the greater Ithaca community and in the larger world community.

And other important nonprofits united in the fight for racial justice!

Fund Disbursement: The Cornell Black Alumni Association (CBAA) has graciously stepped up to serve as the fiscal sponsor of Cornell Students 4 Black Lives. CBAA is using their decades of expertise in fundraising and program operations to help us distribute charitable funds raised to our beneficiaries smoothly and properly.

To stay updated follow us on Instagram and Facebook. @cornellstudents4blacklives

Contact Information

For general inquiries, please email [email redacted]
For media inquiries, please email Co-leader Sherell Farmer at [email redacted]

Additional Updates

Thanks to our fiscal sponsor, CBAA, all donations to C4BL may be eligible for charitable tax deduction to the extent allowed by law. CBAA is a registered 501(c)3 with Tax ID #13-3257832. 

The official mailing address for CBAA is 30 E Seneca Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

Donors who wish to contribute by mail and in other ways are encouraged to reach out to CBAA.


*In light of the changing nature of the movement and the incredible generosity of our supporters that allowed us to raise more than twice our original goal, we at C4BL have decided to review our initial charitable strategy in order to ensure that our funding strategy will provide the strongest impact of our generous donors and the fight for Black lives. As such, please note that the final recipients of funds or the allocation amounts may change over time. We look forward to updating you on any developments.

*This is a student-led initiative and the Cornell University administration is not involved nor liable for tax credit for giving contributions.


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Organizer and beneficiary

Cornell Students 4 Black Lives
Ithaca, NY
John Rawlins 3rd

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