Ira Drukier is very committed to philanthropic causes, with a focus on education, health and the arts. In particular, he donates generously to Cornell University. He served on the educational institute’s Board of Trustees for 8 years. Drukier also participated in the Cornell Tech Taskforce, which thereafter led to the creation of the Cornell Tech campus at Roosevelt Island. He is also Council Chairman at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art (at Cornell) and in the past, participated in the Weill Cornell Medical College’s Board of Overseers.
With health charity being important to Drukier and his wife Gale as well, the couple donated $25 million to Cornell University in 2014 which enabled the creation of the Drukier Institute for Children’s Health at the Weill Cornell Medical College, as well as an annual lectureship and faculty prize – the Gale and Ira Drukier Prize in Children’s Health Research. In 2016 this was awarded to Dr. Sing Way who is Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Infectious Disease Chair and the University’s Associate Professor of Pediatrics. According to Gale, “Dr. Way exemplifies just why we created this prize: We could not think of a more deserving individual, or someone who is a greater exemplar for the importance of pediatric research.”
So Ira Drukier has shown his charitable endeavors through education and health. But it does not end there. Drukier also gives generously to the arts. Examples of this include: part of the NYC President’s Council of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, along with Chairman of the Board of Trustees Building Committee at the Parish Art Museum.
Vis-à-vis Jewish causes, Drukier is Vice Chairman of the American Society for Yad Vashem and a member of the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Jewish Heritage.