Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County held a campaign kickoff Thursday night.
The event was at its facility on Front Street in the Town of Dickinson.
The group is beginning a capital campaign, hoping to raise money for building improvements.
It wants to renovate the existing structure and add a new wing.
Wednesday night, the group raised around 400 thousand dollars through donations.
"This is a great start to get off and running, we had a number of large commitments come in and large number of individual commitments come in to get us started toward the 5 million campaign goal," says Executive Director of Cornell Coop David Bradstreet.
Bradstreet says the group is about 10 percent toward its financial goal.
The night's largest donation came from the Decker Foundation for 250 thousand dollars.
The building renovations could begin this spring.