Chet Safian ’55 interviewed by GOTO


Chet Safian ’55, current PP55 volunteer, former Chair of the PP55 New York area committee, and former PP55 Board member, was recently interviewed by Giving Opportunities to Others (GOTO). GOTO enriches the lives of promising, underprivileged middle school students by immersing them in art and music. This effort is complemented by a series of initiatives that encourage philanthropic awareness and leadership among young professionals. GOTO was founded by Cameron Snaith ’00, a former Princeton Project 55 fellow in New York.

Click here to read the full interview.

Funding for Education Month at the Foundation Center

The Foundation Center is a great organization with tools for both grantmakers and grantseekers. They are a PP55 partner organization and will be hosting a fellow for 2009-10! This month, the Foundation Center is offering free webinars for people who want to learn more about funding for education. This might be a good resource for anyone working at an education-focused nonprofit organization or for anyone generally interested in education. For more information, check out the website at

Across the Nation: Regional Updates


PP55 fellows currently serve in the above locations.
PP55 fellows currently serve in the above locations.

Bay Area, California

Project 55, Harvard CPIC, and SPIN (Stanford Public Interest Network) are excited to announce we will be working together to host seminars and social events for our fellows in the Bay Area. PP55 and CPIC have partnered in the past, but by adding SPIN to our dynamic partnership, we hope to develop a more vibrant fellowship experience for all three programs in the Bay Area.


Project 55 organized a baking class at Canto 6 bakery to raise money for Project 55; students learned how to make sweet and savory pastries. Twenty-three local Princeton alumni and fellows attended the class, way to go Boston!


The Center for Neighborhood Technology, one of our longtime Chicago partner organizations, was recently awarded the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. To learn more about CNT and the award, please visit thier website,  


Both Norwalk Community Health Center and Fair Haven Community Health Center, two PP55 partner organizations have received grants to renovate their buildings and expand their ability the serve Connecticut’s must vulnerable.

New York

Dana Warren ’03 and Pete Milano ’55 organized a discussion about the current financial crisis and it’s impact on the nation, the nonprofit sector and fellows’ career paths. Featured speakers include a financial journalist from NPR, a program officer from the Surdna foundation, as well as alumni who have worked in the financial services sector.

Washington, DC

Fellows in DC had the opportunity to showcase their accomplishments at a recent fellow’s forum. Keynote speakers included PP55’s President Bill Leahy, Executive Director Kathleen Reilly and CityBridge President Katherine Bradley. It was a great culmination of the year’s work!


To learn more about exciting PP55 regional activities taking place across the nation, contact John Shriver at