Bequests

Sharon Holland“A bequest gives you a legacy. I changed Princeton, and Princeton changed me. I want that to be marked.”

-- Sharon Holland ’86

Bequests have helped shape the character of Princeton since 1749, when a gift of five pounds was left to the recently founded college. Campus landmarks ranging from FitzRandolph Gateway to Jadwin Gymnasium were all funded through bequests. So, too, were many of the scholarships and endowed professorships that are central to the intellectual vitality of the campus.

Let us help you realize your Princeton legacy. Learn how to name Princeton as a beneficiary of your will, find out how retirement plans make the most highly  tax-efficient bequest to charity, and be inspired by the stories of some of our bequest donors.

Taking the First Step

Download the bequest fact sheet to understand the steps for making a bequest. Members of the gift planning staff are available at 609-258-6318 or 1746soc@princeton.edu to discuss your plans, and, should you wish to restrict the purpose of your gift, can provide sample language for you and your attorney to review.

Princeton is a tax-exempt institution, so when you name the University as a beneficiary of your qualified retirement plan, these assets can pass to the University without being taxed. The University’s tax ID number (EIN) is: 21-0634501.

Princeton’s “Thank You”

The 1746 Society gratefully acknowledges benefactors whose estate gifts to the University show that the future of Princeton was close to their hearts. For a list of members of the 1746 Society who passed away in 2013, as well as those not previously enrolled in the society from whom a bequest was received, please click here.

If you have already designated Princeton as a beneficiary of your estate, please let us know so that we can welcome you as a member of the 1746 Society.

The information presented on these web pages is not offered as legal or tax advice. You are urged to seek the advice of your tax advisor, attorney, and/or financial planner to make certain any gift you are considering fits well in your specific circumstances.