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Leaders Matter

Leaders developed at Cornell University shape the future of our country by determining what media gets disseminated, what laws get passed, and how major decisions get made. Cornell has produced 21 Nobel laureates, as well as other notables, such as Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, author Toni Morrison, and actor Christopher Reeve.

Today, however, we see many examples of failing leadership. We are a country that does not always protect the most vulnerable among us, that worships idols, such as money and fame, and that is focused on secular, earthly goals rather than spiritual and eternal ones. Raising up godly leaders at Cornell is the start of having God at the center of our culture. Christian Union Vita, which ministers to Cornell invites you to become a partner in creating faithful leaders to transform our nation.

Who is shaping tomorrow's leaders?
A handful of universities and cities have an outsized influence on our nation’s culture. Nearly 70 percent of the nation’s most influential leaders come from just one percent of schools. Many of these institutions, including Cornell, were founded on Christian principles. Ezra Cornell, in his address at his university’s inauguration in 1868 said “It shall be our aim, and our constant effort to make true Christian men, without dwarfing or paring them down to fit the narrow gauge of any sect.”  Today, however, Cornell is decidedly secular and, in many cases, overtly antagonistic to the Christian faith. This rocky ground is where Christian Union Vita sets its stake.

Become a partner in developing and connecting these Christian leaders.

Christian Union Vita believes that widespread proclamation of the Gospel and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit will transform Cornell and as a result, our nation. This new spiritual vitality will be built by students shaped at Cornell. The ministry develops leaders through mentoring and in-depth biblical study that honors the needs of the intellectual, intensely motivated students at Cornell.

Highly-qualified ministry faculty guide students in a deep understanding of their Christian faith. Through Bible courses and discipleship they learn to seek God’s purpose for their lives and graduate ready to do His work in the world. After graduation, Christian Union continues to nurture Cornell alumni with the faith and power to reshape our institutions through our alumni engagement programs and through CU New York.

Today you can help us make all this possible.

Christian Union Vita Cornerstone Partners make these goals a reality. A charitable gift of $25 or more enables ministry faculty to develop and equip our nation's future leaders. Becoming a Christian Union Vita Cornerstone Partner also affords you these unique benefits:


CU Cornerstone Vita Partners are listed in Christian Union’s annual report if giving at the Bronze level or above. These Partners are also honored with their names posted prominently in the CU Vita ministry center for students to take courage that people around the world care about their Christian development and the witness of Christ at Cornell.

Special invitations
Christian Union honors CU Cornerstone Partners with invitations to select special events free of charge. Those who are Partners at CU Vita also receive invitations to special CU events at Cornell.
Christian Union recognizes that  partners in the ministry appreciate special updates. The ministry provides CU Vita Cornerstone Partners with regular updates on the work, including communications from CEO and Founder Matt Bennett and from the CU Vita Ministry Director and students.  Please know that CU Vita associates pray for partners and their families every month.

Become a CU Vita Cornerstone Partner now.

With your generous charitable gift of $25 or more, you will help Christian Union lay the foundation for revival and spiritual health in our nation. Simply complete the form below and you will be a partner in this vital work.

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Christian Union Vita derives its name from the Latin word for life which is vita. Cornell’s mission statement says “Cornell also enhance the lives and livelihoods of students, the people of New York and others around the world"  Christian Union believes this communicates Cornell students' abiding commitment to know Life itself, Jesus Christ, and to offer this Life to those at the University and throughout the world.

Christian Union is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All donations are tax-deductible as to the extent allowed by applicable law. To learn more about the benefits, and rights and responsibilities, of Cornerstone Partners, please go to

ecfa memberThe ministry is a member of the Evangelical Council on Financial Accountability (ECFA) and has its finances audited annually. Charges to credit cards appear as “Christian Union 6098740040.”

If you have questions, please contact a partner representative at (609) 874-0040, or email us at