Giving Opportunities

Princeton raises funds for the programs and areas of study that have been identified as most crucial to preparing students to be leaders in their professions and communities, and to keeping the University at the forefront of teaching, research, and discovery. Flexible funds for financial aid, teaching and research, and extracurricular activities are always needed; current strategic priorities seeking designated gifts range from the arts to entrepreneurship to deepening our understanding of the cosmos and the world around us.

AGAnnual Giving

Gifts to Annual Giving are unrestricted and have immediate impact. They are essential in enabling the University to extend financial aid to every student who needs it, support excellence in teaching and research, and fund emerging opportunities for learning and discovery. “Giving back” through Annual Giving is a tradition that links Princetonians of every generation.

How You Can Help
Your gift will provide the flexible funds essential to sustaining and enhancing the essential elements of a Princeton education.

Make your gift or call 800-258-5421 for more information.


Friends GroupsFriends Groups

Princeton’s Friends Groups—for athletics, the library, the art museum, and other programs and activities—provide much-needed support to essential components of a Princeton education beyond the classroom.

How You Can Help
Your gift to a Friends Group can keep a cherished element of your Princeton education strong for the Princetonians of today and tomorrow.

Visit Athletics and Other Friends Groups for more information.


Capital Giving Opportunities


Some alumni, parents, and friends choose to make gifts to support programs and places at Princeton that are particularly meaningful to them. Members of the capital giving team are happy to discuss this option, and can be reached at 609.258.8972.

Career Services

Career ServicesThe search for a first job after graduation is very different today than it has been in the past. Career paths are not as well defined, competition is intense, and today’s students seek positions that offer fulfillment in addition to a paycheck. In response to this changing landscape, Princeton’s Office of Career Services has embarked on a bold reinvention of its role. No longer based on a job-placement model for juniors and seniors, it is now a resource that engages students in their freshman year and guides them through a process of self-discovery to help identify careers that resonate with their interests and values.

How you can help
Your gift will help Princeton students forge meaningful and rewarding careers by supporting programs such as the Career & Life Vision workshops, which guide students through an introspective process that helps them articulate their values, interests, and beliefs , networking events, Princeternships with alumni, and new initiatives.

For more information, contact Mary Boyajian, senior associate director of leadership gifts, at mboyajian@princeton.edu or 609.258.6894.


Center on Contemporary China

Contemporary ChinaPrinceton University established the Center on Contemporary China to seize a critical opportunity to examine a nation in transition. China—home to the largest population and second largest economy in the world—is the only superpower that is still in the process of being defined both domestically and internationally. The scope and speed of its transformation from an isolated, largely agrarian nation to one of great economic and political power is unprecedented in human history.

It is essential that we deepen our understanding of China as it grapples with dramatic social changes across all critical indicators, from foreign policy, to economic stability, technology, and the environment. Princeton is uniquely well positioned among American universities to lead that effort, with its long-established strengths in interdisciplinary research, economics, political science, history, sociology, Chinese language, and anthropology.

How you can help
You can help Princeton explore the political, social, and economic transformation of one of the world’s most influential nations. Funds are needed to recognize distinguished senior scholars by establishing professorships. Support is also needed for a research scientist, postdoctoral fellows, visiting graduate students and junior scholars, a six-week seminar in China, and research, visiting scholars, and collaborative ventures between Princeton and scholars in China.

For more information, contact Kerstin Larsen ’83 *88, assistant vice president for development/strategic priorities, at klarsen@princeton.edu or 609.258.8972.


College Opportunity

College OpportunitySome of our nation’s most intellectually capable young people will never reach their potential because they have no idea what educational opportunities may be available to them. And those who do dream of a college education face enormous obstacles, from high schools that don’t adequately prepare them to financial stress at home that detracts from their studies. Many have no one to turn to for advice about college, and no way of knowing that a Princeton education may be within their grasp.

This failure to educate and empower some of our country’s most capable young people is a national challenge. Princeton has a moral imperative to solve it on our own campus and inspire our peers to follow suit. The University is opening pathways for these students through several initiatives and programs that identify high-achieving, low-income high school students and help them prepare for selective colleges.

How You Can Help
With your support, we will build on our existing efforts and develop new ways of reaching students of great potential and helping them succeed.

For more information, contact Jennifer Sachs Dahnert, senior associate director for principal gifts, at dahnert@princeton.edu or 609.258.8252.


EngineeringEngineering and Applied Science

Engineers, and their colleagues in related disciplines, develop solutions, improve processes, and invent better products and practices. At Princeton, much of their work is focused on today’s most urgent concerns.

The Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education educates leaders for a technology-driven society by fostering entrepreneurship, innovation, and design. It shares the School of Engineering’s broad vision to ensure that all students, regardless of major, are prepared use science and technology to address critical societal challenges. It is the home of many of the University’s entrepreneurial ventures conducted by students, faculty, and alumni.

The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment combines engineering expertise with an entrepreneurial spirit to minimize dependence on fossil fuels and mitigate damage to the environment. Its many initiatives include making more efficient use of energy in transportation and buildings, developing sources of renewable energy, and storing energy that comes from natural sources such as solar and wind.

Technology touches everything we do, and the public debate about its possibilities—and its intrusions— grows every day. The Center for Information and Technology Policy, co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, is a nexus of expertise in technology, public policy and the social science. Its research and teaching center on digital technologies and their impact on society.

Although water constitutes 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, it is our most endangered natural resource. The problems that stem from water shortages—poverty, disease, famine, economic decline, political instability, dwindling wildlife, loss of biodiversity—have dire consequences that transcend national boundaries. No single discipline or profession can solve this multifaceted problem, but Princeton’s Water Initiative brings together expertise in the sciences, social sciences, international policy, and engineering to chart a course to solutions for water-related challenges that are growing ever more urgent.

How You Can Help
Investment in the work of engineering, entrepreneurship, technology policy, and environmental protection will accelerate the pace of discovery in areas essential to creating a safer, more sustainable world. Your gift will support teaching, research, equipment, and field work.

For more information, contact Tom Roddenbery, associate director, strategic priorities, at thomasr@princeton.edu or 609.258.6122.


Entrepreneurship

E-LabTackling real-world problems usually requires venturing into uncharted territory in search of solutions. A growing number of Princeton faculty, students, and alumni are forging new paths, from developing a painless method for diabetics to check blood sugar to increasing access to solar power. Their successes demonstrate that embracing an entrepreneurial mindset can be the catalyst for turning fundamental research and creative ideas into products and services with social and economic impact.

How you can help
Your investment in programs and activities that help Princetonians turn their entrepreneurial ideas into solutions for society will support infrastructure and projects, visiting scholars and practitioners, an entrepreneur-in-residence, teaching initiatives, and various opportunities for entrepreneurial students and alumni.

For more information, contact Kerstin Larsen ’83 *88, assistant vice president for development/strategic priorities, at klarsen@princeton.edu or 609.258.8972.


Firestone Library

FirestoneSince it opened in 1948, Firestone Library has played a central role in the lives of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty members, and visiting scholars.

A major renovation is infusing Firestone Library with new life and ensuring that it remains one of the world’s most eminent research libraries. The University is creating a more open and welcoming building that supports contemporary approaches to scholarship while honoring Firestone’s historic character. The new and improved Firestone, scheduled to be completed in 2018, offers comfortable places to work, including graduate study rooms; peaceful reading rooms; open, wooden study carrels; and a solarium; as well as more efficient and intuitive ways to move throughout the building, particularly in the stacks, and modern facilities for preserving and restoring rare books and other artifacts.

Whether students consult printed volumes or digital displays, Firestone will always be a place of scholarship, illumination, and serendipitous connections with great works and great minds.

How you can help
You can help sustain and enhance Firestone’s intellectual impact with a gift to name spaces dedicated to rare books and special collections, book preservation, study and teaching; or by providing support for the library’s leaders, including the University librarian and associate University librarian for rare books and special collections.

For more information, contact Mariesa P. Lea, project manager, at mplea@princeton.edu or 609.258.8189.


Graduate Fellows

Graduate FellowsPrinceton’s graduate students are some of the world’s most promising young scholars. They collaborate with the University’s distinguished faculty, conduct their own original research, and teach and mentor undergraduates, all in preparation for taking their place in the classrooms, laboratories, boardrooms, and government halls of tomorrow. Their presence helps the University recruit stellar faculty members who want to work with these exceptional scholars; these faculty members, in turn, attract more outstanding undergraduate and graduate students. This intellectual symbiosis helps to make Princeton one of the premier international research universities in the world.

How you can help
Your gift to establish a graduate fellowship will help ensure the continued vitality of Princeton’s teaching and research mission.

For more information on supporting graduate fellowships, contact Charles Rippin ’61, senior associate director of leadership gifts, at crippin@princeton.edu or 609.258.5613.


The International Building at 20 Washington Road

20 Washington RoadCollaboration and collegiality are the hallmarks of the new International Building currently under construction at 20 Washington Road, the future home of Princeton’s many international initiatives.

Princeton attracts students and faculty from around the world, and sends our own faculty and students to premier institutions abroad, for research, study, work, and service. These experiences are made possible with the support of an array of administrative and academic departments currently scattered throughout campus. The disparate locations present challenges for students seeking overseas opportunities best suited to their program of study, and can create confusion for students and scholars from other countries who need information.

Princeton is eliminating those problems bringing its international programs together under one roof, in an extensively renovated portion of the campus landmark known for more than 80 years as Frick Laboratory. The reconfigured building celebrates the heritage of this Collegiate Gothic edifice while creating a modern, airy space to provide “one-stop shopping” for global experiences.

How you can help
Your gift will help transform a venerable campus edifice into a new landmark that embodies the University’s commitment to research and teaching that transcends borders. Support is needed for interior gathering spaces, including conference and class rooms.

For more information, contact Noelle Zappacosta Romano, associate director for capital giving, at nromano@princeton.edu or 609.258.9170.


Lewis Center for the Arts: Facilities

Arts CenterThe University is committed to ensuring that all undergraduates, in every discipline, are able to broaden their perspectives and strengthen their ability to think creatively by engaging with the arts. As a result, more Princeton students are participating in the arts, at more sophisticated levels, than ever before.

As the University’s arts offerings have expanded, so has the need for space. An array of burgeoning arts programs are housed in several locations throughout campus, in spaces that may be too small or insufficiently equipped to meet the growing demand from students. Beginning in 2017, a new arts complex will provide state-of-the-art spaces for teaching, rehearsing, performing, exhibiting, brainstorming, and experimenting, as well as a gallery for student and faculty art exhibitions. Its five-story tower, housing both artistic and administrative activities, will be a new campus landmark, standing as a monument to Princeton’s commitment to the arts as an integral part of a liberal arts education.

How You Can Help
Your gift can help ensure that the creative and performing arts—and the explorations they inspire—are at the heart of the Princeton experience. Support is needed for music, acting, and dance rehearsal and performance spaces, community gathering spots including the plaza and a forum that connects all three buildings, and teaching spaces.

For more information, contact Laurie Russen, senior associate director, strategic priorities, at lrussen@princeton.edu or 609.258.5374.


Lewis Center for the Arts: Programs

ArtsThe imaginative thinking that powers artistic endeavors also strengthens academic efforts. It inspires creativity, an appreciation for differing points of view, and respect for the many ways ideas can be expressed: the kind of thoughtful and original exploration that is the hallmark of a Princeton education.

Since the Lewis Center for the Arts was established in 2007, the University has infused the arts into the curriculum, giving undergraduates in all disciplines opportunities to explore their abilities and expand their perspectives through music, theater, writing, dance, and the visual arts. Students have responded with overwhelming enthusiasm to the increase in breadth and depth of classes in the arts: more than 1,400 students—a nearly 50 percent increase since 2006—are enrolled in Lewis Center courses each academic year. Despite an increase of more than 40 percent in course offerings, student demand has outpaced our ability to accommodate their interests.

How you can help
Your gift can help a student develop the creative abilities that are just as desirable in a research lab or on Wall Street as in a studio or on a stage. Funds are needed to recognize distinguished senior and promising junior scholars by establishing professorships and preceptorships, and to support artists-in-residence and arts fellows who serve as teachers and collaborators, and for undergraduate study and research projects.

For more information, contact Laurie Russen, senior associate director, strategic priorities, at lrussen@princeton.edu or 609.258.5374.


Preceptorships

PreceptorshipsEndowed preceptorships recognize junior faculty members of great potential, providing both financial support and opportunities to hone their research and teaching skills. The promising faculty members who hold preceptorships often go on to careers as senior members of the faculty at Princeton or at other universities.

These coveted awards provide a salary, a research fund, and a leave of absence to enable a promising junior faculty member to concentrate on research and writing after teaching responsibilities have been fulfilled.

How you can help
Your gift will help nurture gifted scholars as they launch their careers and perpetuate excellence in teaching throughout the Princeton campus, and beyond.

For more information, contact Kerstin Larsen ’83 *88, assistant vice president for development/strategic priorities, at klarsen@princeton.edu or 609.258.8972.


Professorships

Professor Eddie GlaudePrinceton University has long been renowned for its faculty of men and women who have defined their disciplines, advanced the frontiers of knowledge, and motivated generations of students. A named professorship, awarded to extraordinary teacher-scholars, is the highest academic honor the University can bestow. These professorships, or chairs, become part of Princeton’s fabric, held by a succession of illustrious scholars over generations.

How you can help
Gifts to create professorships allow the University to attract and retain exceptionally accomplished and in-demand teacher-scholars, enabling students to work with some of the finest minds in the world.

For more information, contact Kerstin Larsen ’83 *88, assistant vice president for development/strategic priorities, at klarsen@princeton.edu or 609.258.8972.


Scholarships

ScholarshipsApproximately 60 percent of current students rely on financial aid. Princeton’s exceptionally generous aid policy covers 100 percent of need, ensuring that every student who is admitted can attend, regardless of their ability to pay. It’s a costly commitment but an essential one that allows students of all backgrounds to learn from and with one another, and to realize the full benefits of a Princeton education.

Scholarship funds provide nearly 80 percent of the University’s financial aid budget.

How you can help
Your gift will help Princeton provide access to an extraordinary education to talented students from all walks of life.

For more information, contact Jim O’Boyle, associate director for leadership gifts, at joboyle@princeton.edu or 609.258.1782.