In January 2016, Excelsior Cares was created as a community relations program built to expand the College’s mission of service to the underserved beyond the virtual classroom by assisting with the critical needs of the community, via shared time (volunteerism), shared talent (skills), and shared treasure (financial contributions).

Dedicated to the belief that a strong social fabric creates opportunity, our core community engagement initiatives focus on five key areas: health and wellness, lifelong education, diversity and inclusion, veterans/military, and social and economic justice to reach from New York’s Capital Region to globally, to show Excelsior Cares.

We welcome requests for volunteer help, event sponsorships, and speaking engagements focusing on our core initiatives.



Shared knowledge empowers.



Many hands make light work.



United we all stand stronger.

Thank you again for the donation of school supplies. We made bags for 6 families who were here for services before we even finished moving the boxes in. This will really assist the families we serve to get ready to go back to school and everyone on the team is excited that we have so many great items to hand out!Elise Martin, MSW
Assistant Director
Housing and Community Services


Excelsior College is a private, nonprofit, regionally accredited, distance learning institution focused on removing the obstacles to the educational goals of working adults.

The College has nearly 30,000 (new) students and while we don’t have a resident student body, our staff and faculty volunteers are committed to make a difference in the lives of residents of our larger community.

We support employee volunteerism beyond mere words. Official policy provides each employee with two days of paid time off to participate in volunteer and community service activities during normal work days.

In 2016, our employees volunteered 563 hours to more than 40 causes. In 2017, 67 people used 319.5 hours of Volunteer Time Off (VTO) through June. These hours helped to serve the needs of 55 organizations.



Our 2017 Excelsior Cares Community Engagement Program Highlights Included:

Excelsior Employees Supporting Fundraising

Leading by Example with Volunteerism

Charity Events

5,300+ Items Donated by Employees for Special Collection Drives

Natural Disaster Relief

Record Fundraising