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Giving to the Community

Princeton University is a major economic asset to the State of New Jersey, Mercer County and the Princeton-area communities. Through operating budget expenditures, construction spending, local purchasing and as a large visitor attraction, Princeton University generates a continuing stream of expenditures into the local economy and provides a significant, stable base of employment within the region. In addition, the University frequently provides funding for special projects underway in the community such as the renovation of the library at Princeton High School, the construction of the new Princeton Public Library, and the preservation of open space.

Beyond these economic contributions, Princeton University provides frequent access to creative and performing arts programs across the campus, opens its classrooms to community participation through the Community Auditing Program, provides countless volunteer hours to local charitable agencies, makes surplus equipment available to local not-for-profit organizations and provides access to campus facilities for many community activities.

The staff in the Office of Community and Regional Affairs are an important link in the vital University/community relationships. Through collaboration with regional and local governments and public and private organizations on issues that are important to the area, Princeton University seeks to make a positive impact upon the long term success of the Princeton region.

For additional information about University contributions to the Princeton community, please review the Local Contributions section of the annual Princeton Profile.