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.

Annual GivingAnnual 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.

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 Jordan Moses?’11, associate director, fundraising initiatives, at jmoses@princeton.edu or 609.258.5857.

Princeton 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.

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 researchers at Princeton have the 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.

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 Princeton 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.

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 Thomas Roddenbery, associate director, fundraising initiatives, at thomasr@princeton.edu or 609.258.6122.


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 Thomas Roddenbery, associate director, fundraising initiatives, at thomasr@princeton.edu or 609.258.6122.

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 Jordan Moses ’11, associate director, fundraising initiatives, at jmoses@princeton.edu or 609.258.5857.

Graduate Fellowships

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 Thomas Roddenbery, associate director, fundraising initiatives, at thomasr@princeton.edu or 609.258.6122.


Prof. 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 *17, assistant vice president for development/fundraising initiatives, at klarsen@princeton.edu or 609.258.8972.


ScholarshipsApproximately 60 percent of current students rely on financial aid. Princeton’s exceptionally generous aid policy covers 100 percent of need, ensuring that all students who are 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 Jordan Moses ’11, associate director, fundraising initiatives, at jmoses@princeton.edu or 609.258.5857.