The Princeton Area Community Foundation has announced the eighteenth annual Leslie “Bud” Vivian Award for Community Service. The 2014 award was presented to Nancy Beck at a meeting of the board of the Princeton Adult School on May 7. A public celebration of Ms. Beck and the award will be held at a future date.
The Vivian Award for Community Service, established by members of the Princeton University Class of 1942, recognizes a person who exemplifies the late Bud Vivian’s commitment to serve the whole of the Princeton community. Bud Vivian often saw the need for community action to solve problems, understood how to generate constructive compromise, and had the tenacity to carry solutions through to completion. Previous winners include Marcy Crimmins, Reeves Hicks, Hank Pannell, Jocelyn Helm, Harry Levine, Ted Vial, Harriet Bryan, Pat Van Ness, Claire Jacobus, Anne Reeves, William Johnson, Karl Light, Sarah Hirschman, Shirley Satterfield, James Floyd, Jack Roberts, Ray Wadsworth, and Herb Hobler, and Mark Freda.
Nancy Beck gives generously of her time to a wide array of Princeton-area nonprofits. She is never a passive member. She immerses herself in the work of each organization, contributes her leadership skills, creative ideas, energy, and talent for getting things done, well.
Nancy’s longest and most sustaining contribution is to the Princeton Adult School, where she served as a member of its Board for over 25 years, and its president for over ten. As a Board member, she led the process of creating over 100 courses every semester for adults in the greater Princeton area. In addition to supervising the creation and management of the entire Adult School curriculum, she has been instrumental in creating two high profile lecture series and finding eminent scholars or nationally prominent experts to share their knowledge. The Adult School program closest to her heart is the program on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL), which attracts hundreds of students each semester who wish to learn or improve their English in order to support themselves and their families.
Nancy reads each week at Learning Ally. She is on the Board of Dorothea’s House in Princeton and contributes program ideas to that important cultural resource. Nancy is a former trustee of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, and collects water samples for testing—in good weather and bad.
Nancy’s breadth of interests and problem-solving approach make her an important resource to the Princeton community. She richly deserves thanks and recognition for all that she has done.
The Leslie “Bud” Vivian Award for Community Service is made possible through the Vivian Memorial Fund, an endowment fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation. The Community Foundation promotes philanthropy and builds community across Mercer County and central New Jersey. It provides charitable giving expertise to individuals, nonprofits and corporations, and makes grants to nonprofit organizations. Since its founding in 1991, the Community Foundation has granted over $55 million back into the community. For more information please contact the Community Foundation at 609-219-1800 or online at www.pacf.org .