Thriving Philanthropy, Thriving Communities

The Princeton Area Community Foundation is the philanthropic nexus of central New Jersey. We’re committed to helping our region and its residents – and especially its children – thrive.

As a robust foundation with more than $240 million in assets, we help individuals, families, businesses, and organizations create permanent charitable funds to meet the challenges of changing times. As a community leader we invest and administer these funds, award grants and scholarships, and promote philanthropy and encourage meaningful collaboration, all under the direction of a knowledgeable team.

As your community foundation, we provide services, guidance, and partnership. It’s our job to help you exercise generosity here, and to bring philanthropists together for maximum impact. We strive toward a vibrant, engaged, equitable community, from which all will benefit.

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We promote giving as a shared community value. This is the fundamental value that connects us and helps us grow. We believe in sharing resources—money, ideas, talents, time—and we encourage generosity in ourselves and others.

We help people invest in outstanding local organizations—successful nonprofits that are making lives better across central New Jersey and beyond. We put our experience to good use throughout the community by leading convenings that creative the partnerships and clarity necessary for collective impact.

Your investments in the Community Foundation are doing good things now. Giving through your Community Foundation is powerful and enduring—together, we’ll help take care of generations to come.

Our Values

  • Generous
    We believe in the sharing of resources and encourage this altruistic spirit in ourselves and others.

  • Fair
    We perform the work of our organization justly, openly, honestly, and striving for social justice.

  • Creative
    We will harness our collective intelligence, compassion, and empathy to ensure that our work is productive, constructive, and imaginative.

  • Courageous
    We aspire to do the right thing for our organization and for our community, even when a decision may not be popular or universally understood.

  • Lasting
    Our organization will remain enduringly relevant to our communities.

We Believe

• our community flourishes as philanthropy thrives;

• all of our children deserve opportunities; and

• working together with people who care, businesses, and nonprofits, we can address our region’s most difficult challenges.

Our History