Princeton University’s 2018-19 Annual Giving campaign raised $68,568,435 — the third highest total in Annual Giving history — with 55.4% of undergraduate alumni participating. The results are notable for their strength across all of Princeton’s constituencies: undergraduate alumni, graduate alumni, parents and friends.
Olga Troyanskaya is a professor of computer science and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. “I’m a computer scientist who has an experimental wet-lab,” said Troyanskaya, who came to Princeton in 2003 after earning her Ph.D. at Stanford University. “This is very unusual—and at Princeton it’s completely natural.”
Sophomore Tyler Eddy always dreamed of becoming a scientist, but that plan was nearly derailed when he dropped out of college. He was working full-time at an auto-parts store when he enlisted in the Marines with the intention of returning to school. He became an airframe helicopter mechanic and rose to a rank of corporal, while simultaneously taking community college classes.
The bonfire brought together students, alumni, parents, and friends to celebrate all that is Princeton. Please consider making your gift to the 2018-19 Annual Giving campaign before the end of the calendar year and keep the orange spirit glowing.
Princeton alumni, parents, friends, and fans united on Nov. 27 to set new records during the University’s fifth annual Tiger Athletics Give Day (TAGD). In just 24 hours, more than 8,600 donors contributed a total of $2.7 million.
On Nov. 3, more than 140 young alumni volunteers returned to Princeton for Annual Giving (AG) BootCamp, where recent grads (from the classes of 2009 to 2018) call, text, and Snapchat their classmates to ask them to make a gift to Annual Giving. The one-day event helps alumni hone their volunteer peer-to-peer fundraising skills and gives them an opportunity to give back to the University.
Princeton’s Office of Advancement has appointed two new executive directors. Sue Walsh, a longtime member of Princeton’s Annual Giving staff, is executive director of Annual Giving, and Heather Seagroatt, recently arrived from Dartmouth, is executive director of Leadership Gifts.
In his 47 years as a leader with Annual Giving, Bill Hardt '63 has never failed to answer the call. “The core of the program is the ethos that this isn’t the institution reaching out to the flock as much as it is alumni coming together to say, ‘We want to see Princeton continue to prosper and we’re going to put our shoulder to the wheel to make this happen,’” Hardt says.
William M. Hardt, Princeton’s assistant vice president for Annual Giving and longtime leader of the most successful Annual Giving program in the country, will retire in the fall of 2018 after 47 years at the University.
See how the collective effort and spirit of alumni, parents, and friends supports everything that makes Princeton extraordinary, including an exceptional faculty, unsurpassed financial aid program, and the wide range of educational and extracurricular opportunities that enrich the student experience.