The 1746 Society, named for the year in which the University was founded, gratefully acknowledges benefactors whose estate gifts to the University show that the future of Princeton was close to their hearts.
Anyone who notifies Princeton that the University is named as the beneficiary of a gift through his or her estate, or through a planned gift during his or her lifetime, is automatically enrolled. The 1746 Society has over 2,400 living members, including those who choose to remain anonymous.
To join the 1746 Society, please download and complete our membership form and return via email to GiftPlanning@princeton.edu. A philanthropic advisor in the Office of Gift Planning will contact you if there are any questions.
Please contact the Office of Gift Planning at 609.258.6318 or email GiftPlanning@princeton.edu for more information.
Read the stories of 1746 Society members who have made bequests and other planned gifts to Princeton.
Examples of planned gifts include:
- A gift of any amount to Princeton through a will provision or revocable “living” trust
- A 401(k), IRA, SEP, or similar retirement plan beneficiary designation.
- A charitable remainder trust.
- A charitable gift annuity.
- A pooled income fund.
- A charitable lead trust.
- A life-insurance policy beneficiary designation.
- A bank account, Totten trust, or similar arrangement.
- A real estate gift or gift of unusual assets.
- A permanent legacy at Princeton.
- Invitations to members-only events.
- Recognition in University publications, including the Princeton Alumni Weekly and Gifts to Princeton.
- Professional, personalized gift-planning services.
- Reports on the investment performance of gifts to Princeton and highlights of the gift-planning program.
- A handsome 1746 Society pin – a badge of distinction.