The Princeton Education Foundation was founded in 1995 to support educational excellence in the Princeton Public Schools. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated almost $2 million to the public schools in Princeton, NJ.

Serving as a bridge between our community and the schools, the Princeton Education Foundation encourages private philanthropy to enhance public education for students at all levels.



PEF grants and gifts totaling nearly $89,000 enable outfitting of a small group instruction room in the new JW Learning Commons, and make robotics and computer science enhancements at JW and PHS.

PEF funds combined with gifts from the Community Park and Johnson Park PTOs provide the District with $113,500 toward technology and upgrades for media centers and vocal and instrumental classrooms at all four elementary schools, as well as specific classroom enhancements at Community park and Johnson Park.

PEF establishes two $50,000 endowments at the Princeton Area Community Foundation to support science education and excellence in education in the Princeton Public Schools.
The PHS & JW Media Centers receive new computers.
The PowerUp! Technology Campaign is launched with the goal of ensuring that every classroom from Pre-K to 12th grade has the tools and equipment it needs to support today’s students.

TV production equipment is purchased for JW Middle School.

The Institute for Advanced Study bestows $100,000 to name the PHS biology wing and to support K-12 science education. Initiation of the Student Investigative Project, a new way of teaching scientific inquiry to elementary school students.

Over $100,000 is raised for fitness equipment, teacher training and innovative exercise programs for the newly established PHS Fitness Center.PEF’s Love Your Library Campaign raises $10,000 for new media for the renovated PHS library.

Take a Seat, PEF’s first large scale capital campaign, raises more than $300,000 for the PHS Performing Arts Center. PEF funding was used for a choral shell, orchestra pit cover and acoustic enhancements.

The popular Music After School Program begins. The program has provided after school group music lessons to hundreds of elementary students since it was started.

A Mathematics Residency is established at JW Middle School.

The StarLab, a traveling astronomy center for K-5 students, is purchased with PEF support.

PEF’s signature Teacher Mini-Grants begin.  Since inception, PEF has dedicated over $200,000 to funding more than 240 teacher projects, including artists-in-residence, multi-cultural studies, technology development, parent education, specialized fitness programs, programs for autism, books for ESL learners, civics lessons and much more.