Princeton University Relief Fund established to advance local community efforts in response to COVID-19

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2020

By Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications

Princeton University has established the Princeton University Relief Fund to provide additional direct support to community organizations that are working to alleviate economic distress related to COVID-19 among individuals and businesses. The initial University commitment to the fund will be $1 million.

This commitment is in addition to the range of ways the University has been working to assist the local community since the onset of the pandemic, including direct support to organizations fighting food insecurity, donations of PPE to state and local partners, hosting blood drives, providing perishable food items to local food kitchens, and more creative contributions, such as donating dorm refrigerators to local organizations and families.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in immense financial pressures for nonprofits and service organizations; businesses, particularly small businesses; and individuals and families. The impacts in the communities where the University is located are significant. 

The University will use the fund to contribute to relief and recovery efforts already underway, and those that will emerge in the coming months. The fund is designed to distribute funds to partner organizations that provide grants, services and other forms of direct support to local organizations, businesses and families.

“Many local families, service organizations and businesses are struggling as a result of  the pandemic. Princeton has been actively engaged in early efforts to alleviate pressing needs, and we believe there will be an opportunity to continue to do so over the long term as the response continues,” said President Christopher L. Eisgruber. “The University is proud to be a member of the local community. At this critical time, we want to find ways to support those who serve our closest neighbors.”

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