Community Contributions

Princeton University is an economic engine for central New Jersey as one of the largest private employers, a major purchaser of goods and services, and the largest taxpayer in the Municipality of Princeton.  The University plays a significant role in the educational, cultural, and economic life of the region and provides direct and indirect support to local non-profit and governmental organizations.

The University values its longstanding, mutually beneficial relationships with nearby communities and the opportunities that emerge to connect campus and community. Together the University and its neighbors continue a vibrant tradition of cooperation through on- and off-campus learning opportunities, joint transportation and infrastructure projects, community service, and initiatives in entrepreneurship, the arts and other areas.

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People walk through town

Princeton University launched Tigers in Town during the COVID-19 pandemic to support struggling local businesses while providing a safe way for students to socialize. The program will continue and expand through the fall 2021 semester. Pictured, students partake of businesses along Witherspoon Street. Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications

people practice social distance while watching outdoor concert

Princeton University Concerts held its “Breathe in Music” series outdoors in 2021, inviting the community to experience live performances by the next generation of classical music stars while following a meditation led by Matthew Weiner, associate dean in the Office of Religious Life. The series is among the many ways in which Princeton University contributes to the Municipality of Princeton and surrounding communities. Photo by Nick Donnoli Productions LLC

 

 

 

Recent Contributions

By the numbers: University raises funds for United Way
March 27, 2024
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Written by Office of Community and Regional Affairs

With the help of a dedicated group of departmental volunteers from across campus and at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), the campus community raised $98,432.38 during the 2023 United Way Campaign. Proceeds support the United Way of Greater Mercer County’s education, financial stability, food insecurity and health programs.

Annual clothing drive supports community members entering workforce
March 8, 2024
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Written by Office of Community and Regional Affairs

Princeton University faculty and staff helped community members entering or re-entering the workforce through the annual business attire clothing drive.

Each spring semester the Office of Community and Regional Affairs offers faculty and staff the opportunity to donate gently used business attire at several collection sites on campus…

Eisgruber, municipal officials discuss University support of shared community interests
March 1, 2024
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Written by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications

President Christopher L. Eisgruber and Princeton municipal officials reaffirmed shared interests — from college access and socioeconomic diversity to sustainability and mass transit — during their annual meeting on Monday, Feb. 26.

“The town is such an important partner to us,” Eisgruber said during the meeting with Princeton Mayor…

University announces more than $50 million in voluntary contributions to Princeton municipality, local programs and residents
Jan. 30, 2024
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Written by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications

The University announced Jan. 30 its plan to contribute more than $50 million over five years to the Municipality of Princeton, community organizations and lower- and middle-income residents to support mutual community interests including college access, sustainability and resiliency, socioeconomic diversity and equity, safety and emergency…

Diversity, equity and inclusion report highlights ways Princeton builds community, supports success and belonging
Jan. 29, 2024
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Written by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications

Princeton has released its third annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion report, which shares the important work of students, faculty, staff and alumni to build community and support success and belonging at the University. The report…

Holiday Outreach Initiative provides food, toiletries, and more for local community
Jan. 5, 2024
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Written by Office of Community and Regional Affairs

At the end of each year, the Office of Community and Regional Affairs provides faculty, staff and students the opportunity to give back to the local community through the Holiday Outreach Initiative.

The initiative's main program is a food and toiletries drive made up of more than 30 collection sites both on campus and in town.

Princeton University Gift Supports PPL Pilot Waiving Fees
Oct. 25, 2023
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Written by Princeton Public Library

Princeton Public Library will use a generous gift from Princeton University to extend through 2026 a pilot program eliminating extended-use fees for children’s materials, Executive Director Jennifer Podolsky has announced .

The $50,000 gift from Princeton University will allow the library to continue to waive these fees, also…

Employee school supplies drive supports local students for seventh year
Aug. 29, 2023
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Written by Office of Community and Regional Affairs

For the seventh year, the Office of Community and Regional Affairs partnered with W.B. Mason to offer Princeton University employees the opportunity to purchase a backpack kit, which included binders, notebooks, pens, crayons and tissues for the annual Princeton Human Services’ School Supplies Drive to benefit economically disadvantaged…

By the numbers: University raises funds for United Way
April 3, 2023
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Written by Office of Community and Regional Affairs

With the help of a robust group of departmental volunteers, the campus community raised $96,852.05 during the 2022 United Way Campaign. Proceeds support the United Way of Greater Mercer County’s education, financial stability, food insecurity, and health programs.

Princeton University announces over $14.6 million in voluntary contributions to Princeton Public Schools
March 14, 2023
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Written by Office of Communications

Princeton University will contribute more than $14.6 million to Princeton Public Schools over the next five years. The annual voluntary contributions will exceed the amount the schools received from voluntary property tax payments the University made in previous years.

Annual Clothing Drive supports workforce organizations and local economically disadvantaged students
March 10, 2023
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Written by Office of Community and Regional Affairs

Each spring, the Office of Community and Regional Affairs invites faculty and staff to donate gently used business attire to support local workforce organizations. This year the University community filled our collection site with suits, dresses, shirts, pants, shoes, and accessories.

The donations benefit HomeFront's Suitably Dressed…