An update on IRA gifts for donors and their advisors to consider as they make charitable gift plans for the remainder of 2014.
Since the inaugural Annual Giving campaign in 1940-41, generations of alumni, parents, and friends have joined together creating a tradition of giving back and providing essential support for Princeton.
Bruce Freeman has just assumed the duties of class agent for the five years leading up to the Class of 1969’s 50th Reunion, but he is no stranger to University service. He has long served his class as Annual Giving special gifts chair, leadership chair, and participation volunteer. He was a reunion committee member, and yearbook editor for ’69’s 35th, 40th, and 45th Reunions. A former member of the 1969 Community Service Fund Board of Directors, he was also a member of his regional schools committee. And he spent 10 years on Princeton’s staff as a senior associate director of Annual Giving.
Louise Sams ’79, executive vice president and general counsel of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., has been named chair of Princeton University’s Annual Giving Committee.
Hal Saunders has always been proud to wear orange and black. Princeton gave him, he says, “my intellectual awakening and my basic approach to life. I am deeply appreciative of everything the University offered me.” At Princeton he majored in English, and earned a certificate in the Program in American Civilization (now American Studies).
Dean Groel has enthusiastically served his class and his alma mater for over 50 years. “I am proud to be a member of the Class of 1957 and to be a graduate of this great university,” he says, “with its strong commitment to undergraduate education.
“Princeton gave me so much,” says Bob Nahas, “above all, the ability to think critically.” He “learned so much in a variety of areas. Every day I am grateful for the broad education I received.” He also cherishes “the friendships I made, and connection with so many Princetonians.” That connection has expanded through his work as class agent.
Princeton University’s 2013–14 Annual Giving campaign raised $58,748,900—the highest total in Annual Giving history—with 61.4 percent of undergraduate alumni participating. The results are notable for their strength and breadth across all of Princeton’s constituencies: undergraduate alumni, graduate alumni, parents, and friends.
The gifts made to Princeton through Annual Giving go directly into the University’s operating budget, to be used where they are needed most. Here are a few examples of the areas where gifts to Annual Giving have provided essential support to teaching and learning.
Shani Moore Weatherby ’02 considers the financial aid she received as an undergraduate both a “badge of honor” and the motivation behind her efforts to support Princeton, particularly its commitment to need-blind admission and a diverse campus community. “I can now give back,” she says, “because someone gave to me.”