SC Johnson and Fisk Johnson donate $150 Million to Cornell’s business school

Cornell SC Johnson College of Business Named with $150 Million Donation from Fisk Johnson and the Company

Fisk Johnson and SC Johnson donated $150 million to Cornell’s SC Johnson College of Business to develop future business leaders.
Loves to Learn: Fisk Johnson has 5 degrees from Cornell, including an MBA, a Masters of Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Physics.
Over the years, SC Johnson, our corporate philanthropy arm SCJ Giving, Inc. and the Johnson family have contributed millions of dollars to advance education at all levels. But in 2017, we made a gift that stood out for its size and aspiration. 
Our Chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson and SC Johnson announced a combined donation to Cornell University of $150 million – the largest gift ever to the school’s Ithaca campus and the second largest to name a college of business.
More specifically, it supports the development of the business leaders of tomorrow.
The Role of Business in Creating a Better Life
In this 2009 video from Cornell University, Fisk and Sam Johnson discuss the impact business can have on people and the planet.
The gift to Cornell University represents a faith not just in the school, but also in the generations to come – scientists, businesspeople, creators and engineers. Our company, and the world at large, will rely on these bright minds for the innovations and solutions of the future. 
Fisk, who received five degrees from Cornell, explained when announcing the donation, “It is my hope that this gift will give the business programme at Cornell significant new impetus for growth, while enhancing its three individual schools and the qualities that make each exceptional.
He added that, although his family feels a strong personal connection to Cornell, the scope of the gift and the values behind it extend much further, continuing a long history of investing in education, youth and opportunities.
While the naming of the school by Cornell is an honour, this is not about me or my family. It’s about Cornell’s future as the country’s top business school, and the success of the three highly respected schools that comprise it.

Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson

The gift includes a $50 million challenge grant that will build the college's endowment for faculty, students and programmes. The challenge is expected to raise an additional $150 million. Combined with the gift by SC Johnson and Fisk Johnson, the challenge will bring the full impact to $300 million, which will bolster the college's endowment.

The donation also funds the SC Johnson Scholars Programme. As part of this programme, undergraduate students chosen from the Dyson and Hotel Schools have the opportunity to participate in various events hosted by the company including summer internships.
The Johnson family has been committed to Cornell and its mission for generations. Olaf Brauner, father-in-law of third-generation leader H.F. Johnson, Jr., began teaching there in 1896 and founded the Department of Art where he was a professor for more than 40 years. H.F. earned his degree in 1922. His son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Gene Johnson, both graduated from Cornell in the early 1950s. All four of their children attended Cornell, including our CEO, Fisk Johnson.
As Fisk explained, “In 1918, my great-grandfather dispatched my grandfather to Cornell after one of the company’s products wreaked havoc on the Model T radiators it was designed to protect. So, our very first graduate chemist, my grandfather, attended Cornell, and today Cornell has one of the top business schools where the company regularly recruits many talented graduates.”
TOP : The H.F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell, which was designed by I.M. Pei.
BOTTOM : Sam (centre) looks on as H.F. (seated) is greeted at the dedication of the museum he made possible.
The Johnson family also has donated repeatedly to the university, including The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, the Herbert Fisk Johnson Professorship of Industrial Chemistry, and the Samuel C. Johnson Chair in Sustainable Global Enterprise in the Johnson School.

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