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Life Income Gifts: What You Need to Know

November 16th, 2017 / Gift Planning

In addition to providing generous support, life income gifts can diversify your portfolio, increase your income, reduce or defer capital gains tax, and provide a federal income tax deduction. Donors often use the payments to fund their annual gift to the University, or to support a University priority during their lifetime. Beginning with their 50th Reunion, alumni can make their gift in this form through the Annual Giving Legacy program and receive class credit.

Bill and Nancy Paternotte

Tiger Loyalty + Smart Giving = Benefits for Paternotte ’67 and Princeton

November 16th, 2017 / Gift Planning

As his 50th Reunion approached, Bill Paternotte ’67 thought, “I want to make a tangible statement of what Princeton has meant to me.” But how? When he learned a life income gift to Princeton would also be counted as a contribution to Annual Giving through a new program, thereby adding to his class’s legacy, he found his answer.

Princeton Professors

Princeton’s Professors Go Above and Beyond

November 16th, 2017 / Gift Planning

Chances are, when you went to Princeton, your interaction with professors went well beyond the classroom and office hours. The same teacher-scholars who are at the pinnacle of their professions and break new ground in their fields of study also work closely with undergraduates as mentors, advisors, and colleagues.

Edward C. (Ted) Taylor, Sir W. Arthur Lewis, and Froma Zeitlin are three of Princeton’s most accomplished and honored professors. Their dedication to students matches their contributions to their disciplines.

SJP students

Exploring the Impact of Princeton’s Summer Journalism Program for High School Students

August 25th, 2017 / Development Com...

In 2015, when we participated in the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program (SJP) as rising seniors in high school, we did not think we had what it took to come to Princeton; we couldn’t picture ourselves measuring up to our peers, never mind affording the cost of an Ivy League education. But today, we are about to begin our sophomore years at Princeton.

José Rico ’18

The Artful Gamer: José Rico ’18 Conjures Digital Worlds

July 10th, 2017 / Development Com...

As an aspiring wizard, wand in hand, steps before a huge screen projecting an image of the Hogwarts School Great Hall of Harry Potter fame, José Rico ’18 waits. At the moment the youngster flicks his wand while pronouncing magic words, Rico does his magic—making the spell come to life with the click of his computer’s buttons.

Allison Simi

Finding the Switch That Makes Cells Go Awry

June 30th, 2017 / Development Com...

It was spring, and the calendar hanging on the wall above Allison Simi’s cluttered desk was stuck on January. The image for January was a protein structure that Simi, a graduate student in Princeton’s chemical and biological engineering department, hadn’t noticed until one day, frustrated by a roadblock in her research, she idly glanced at it and had a breakthrough.

Robert H. Taylor '30

Bequest from Robert H. Taylor ’30 Supports Princeton University’s Library

June 26th, 2017 / Development Com...

In honor of a generous bequest from Robert H. Taylor of Princeton’s Class of 1930, Princeton University’s librarian will now be known as the Robert H. Taylor 1930 University Librarian. The post is currently held by Anne Jarvis, who came to Princeton from the University of Cambridge in 2016. The gift will also support and expand the library’s Special Collections and establish a new position: Curator of the Robert H. Taylor Collection at Firestone Library.

Photo of Peter Yu '83 and his parents, Charles and Marie

Honoring the Past While Helping to Shape the Future

June 14th, 2017 / Development Com...

When Charles Yu was a young boy in the 1930s, China was in turmoil. The central government was fighting internal revolutionary forces, poverty and crime were rampant, and imperialist Japanese forces had gained control of the northeastern provinces. Troops were steadily moving south toward Charles’s village when his family fled to Manila.  

Projects for Peace

Princetonians Forge Connections through Projects for Peace

June 6th, 2017 / Development Com...

Two projects designed by Princeton students to help make the world a better place have been awarded $10,000 by Davis Projects for Peace. Kyle Berlin ’18 plans to break down political divides through storytelling, and Lydia Watt ’18, Alice Vinogradsky ’20, Amanda Cheng ’20 and Kabbas Azhar ’18 will help bring clean drinking water to communities in Guyana.

Charlie Baker '17 with guest on All-Nighter with Charlie Baker

Watch Out, Stephen Colbert—Here Comes Charlie Baker ’17

June 5th, 2017 / Development Com...

Before Charlie Baker ’17 takes the stage as the host of Princeton’s monthly late-night talk show, he frantically runs through his lines, herds the theater’s previous audience out so his crew can set up, and fixes malfunctioning equipment. And he worries. But as the lights come up, he trots onstage to greet his audience, leaving the nerves and chaos behind.

Mark Pavlyukovskyy '13

Assembly Required: Teaching Tech with DIY Computers

April 12th, 2017 / Development Com...

It was the summer after his junior year, and Mark Pavlyukovskyy ’13 found himself in a hospital bed in Paris, recovering from a mysterious illness that he had contracted while teaching children in a remote village in Ghana. He was in the hospital for a week. When it became clear that he would get better, he used the time in bed to reevaluate his priorities. He thought about his future and how he could have a positive impact on people’s lives. 

President Christopher L. Eisgruber '83 addresses the Princeton-Fung Global Forum in Berlin

Princeton-Fung Global Forum Looks at Liberty in the Digital Age

March 23rd, 2017 / Development Com...

In a world filled with cyber hacks, communication silos, fake news and government surveillance, can liberty really survive the digital age? That question—which is playing out in real time across the globe—was the focus of the 2017 Princeton-Fung Global Forum held in Berlin on March 20 and 21. The event, established in 2012 through a generous gift from William Fung ’70, drew university leaders and policymakers from around the world.

Ben Raphael

Computing A Cure for Cancer?

March 21st, 2017 / Development Com...

Professor of Computer Science Ben Raphael first applied his computational muscle to the fight against cancer by accident. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego, he studied genomes. One day, during a routine research meeting, his advisor mentioned that he had gotten an email out of the blue from cancer biologists who needed help making sense of their data. He asked the lab group if anyone was interested in helping them out. Raphael volunteered, thinking it would be a one-off project. Fifteen years later, he’s still studying what drives cancer. 

Naoum Fares Marayati '19

Naoum Fares Marayati, student in the service of humanity

March 13th, 2017 / Development Com...

Sophomore Naoum Fares Marayati—who came to the University on a scholarship--is taking in as much of his Princeton experience as he can. When Marayati is not studying for his next class, you may find him guiding a tour in the Princeton University Art Museum, tutoring at the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, singing with the Umqombothi a cappella group or hosting a study break at Forbes College, his favorite community on campus.

SIFP

SIFP Helps First-gen, Low-income Students Thrive at Princeton

February 21st, 2017 / University Comm...

The Scholars Institute Fellows Program (SIFP) is among various University resources that empower undergraduates, particularly those from first-gen and low-income backgrounds, to thrive at Princeton. The program was launched by the Office of the Dean of the College (ODOC) in fall 2015 to provide mentorship opportunities, academic enrichment, and a support network of students, faculty and staff.

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