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Appreciation Portal

hands applauding, "Cornell University - Thank You"

Help us support a culture of appreciation at Cornell!

It's easy to get focused on the tasks at hand – the emails, the meetings, the projects and to-do lists – and forget to say, “Thank you!” or “Well done!” And yet, it is often those simple, timely gestures that have a profound impact on our attitude, productivity, and feelings of belonging.

Supervisors and colleagues can use this portal to send kudos in real time. Also, supervisors can recognize their staff periodically with small tokens of appreciation in the form of points that can be redeemed through the Cornell store, Amazon, MealChoice plan, or donating to the Employee Emergency CARE Fund.

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Click Here to Redeem Points

New redemption options!


Awardco points can be used to purchase MealChoice credits, so you can grab a coffee, sandwich, snack, or sit-down meal at one of more than 30 Cornell Dining campus eateries! Points can be redeemed in increments of $10, $25, or $50 through the Awardco portal

Employee Emergency CARE Fund:

Donate Awardco points to the Employee Emergency CARE Fund, which offers financial assistance to faculty and staff who have experienced a sudden or emergency-related financial hardship.

It's easy to make someone's day!

Visit the portal at

  • Login using your NetID and Two-Step Login
  • Click on Recognize and search for the colleague's name that you'd like to recognize
  • Choose a program: Spot Recognition, Life's Celebrations, Birthday, or Sustainability Champion
  •  Add your message
  • Select an appropriate hashtag "#"  - supervisors won't see your message, but they will be able to see that their employees or group have been appreciated and view the hashtags.

  • Click "Recognize" to send your message

  • The person you've recognized will receive an email with the text of your message. 

Tutorial: How To Send Appreciation

Tutorial: How To Redeem Points


If I receive points, how do I redeem them?

Upon logging in with NetId and password, option to purchase select items through Amazon, The Cornell Store, or make a donation to the Emergency CARE Fund.  Each point is equivalent to $1. If the item you want costs more points than you have, unfortunately there is not an option to pay the difference or to add points to your balance.  

STEP 1: Log in STEP 2: Click on "Spend Points" and search for anything OR If you're not sure what you want, click a category and browse products STEP 3: Select the item(s) you wish to purchase with points STEP 4: Click checkout and type in your shipping address before submitting your order To check shipping status, click on "Profile" and then "My Redemptions"

How much is a point worth?

1 point = $1

What if I don't have enough points for an item I want? 

Save your points! As long as you are an active employee at Cornell your points never expire and roll over every fiscal year. Please note you cannot purchase additional points or supplement another form of payment to redeem a gift outside your point value.

Do my points expire?

No. Points can accumulate and do not expire until you separate from Cornell. Those leaving Cornell or retiring are encouraged to spend your points prior to separation. 

What can I redeem points for on Amazon?

There are thousands of items available through the portal at Amazon. Use the search box on the left hand side of the landing page and type in any item or category. For example: "yoga mat."

How do I redeem points at the Cornell Store?

Cornell store gift cards are currently sent electronically to your Cornell email address. You may need to check your spam, junk, or "other" folder in Outlook to find the email. If you have questions please contact or

How will I know if I've been recognized?

You will receive an email from with a subject line, "You've been recognized! It will include the exact message as well as if you have been awarded any points. You can also go into the system under "My Profile" and select "My Recognitions" to see a dashboard of your kudos.

Who will be able to see the recognitions?

All recipients will receive an email and be able to see their own recognitions within the system. Supervisors will be able to view the hashtags given to their group/employees (and which hashtag).

Who can receive spot recognition?

Employees, including temporary employees, can send a personalized message to a colleague to be shared privately with the individual. The system also allows supervisors to periodically recognize non-academic staff and bargaining unit employees with tokens of appreciation in the form of points.

What types of spot recognition are available in the Appreciation Portal?

Employees can send a personalized message to a colleague to be shared privately with the individual. The system also allows supervisors to periodically recognize non-academic staff and bargaining unit employees with tokens of appreciation in the form of points. Available point options are: 10, 15, 20, 25, 50, and 75 – points can accumulate and do not expire until separating from Cornell. Supervisors should review the Cornell Appreciation Portal overview and FAQ documents available in the Managers Toolkit for more info.

Each program is designated as non-monetary or monetary or both. Non-Monetary – all employees have the ability to recognize their peers, supervisors and others Monetary – supervisors have the ability to periodically award points to purchase products of Cornell Items and items through Amazon. Available point options are 10, 15, 20, 25, 50, and 75. Please note that compliant with Cornell policy 3.14, recognition not associated with job performance (#congrats) may not be recognized with points.

Current recognition programs:

  • Spot Recognition: Say thank you to a colleague or congratulate a member of your team for a successful project. This program can be monetary or non-monetary.
  • Life Celebrations: Take a moment and celebrate with a colleague or friend on a life event. This program is non-monetary only.
  • Birthday: Wish a friend, coworker, or colleague a happy birthday. This program is non-monetary only.
  • Sustainability Champions: Recognize a champion who demonstrates sustainability leadership with actions big or small. This program is monetary only through the administrator. It is non-monetary when used for peer to peer recognitions.

Additional specialized programs to come!

Questions or Feedback


If you're having issues access the appreciation portal please contact


For Step by Step instructions on system support such as how to return or cancel an item, updating your profile photo, or submitting a support ticket click the button below.

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