Why Support Princeton AlumniCorps?

Princeton AlumniCorps is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. As such, we rely on the generosity of donors like you, who provide more than 80% of our operating budget. With nearly three decades of experience working with nonprofits and other civic-minded organizations across the country, AlumniCorps leads the charge to develop talent, create networks, and nourish a pipeline of effective leaders in the nonprofit sector. Each year our programs in Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, New Jersey, and Washington, DC provide mentorship, training, and professional development to almost 100 talented and passionate university graduates, Emerging Leaders, and ARC Innovators who directly affect thousands of people served by our partner organizations.

Your contribution ensures that the next generation of nonprofit leaders working in community development, social services, education, the environment, civic service, and more, can develop the skills and knowledge they need to effect long-term, systemic social change.


We’ve launched a special fundraising appeal focused on our Project 55 Fellowship & Internship alumni, with a target of $27,000 by June 30, 2018. To help inspire these program alumni, we shared photos of years gone by asking “Remember YOUR Princeton Project 55 experience?” In addition, current and continuing Fellow Anna Walker ’17 (pictured below), who is working at Partners for the Common Good in Washington, DC, wrote a heartfelt letter to the program alumni, outlining three reasons why she will always support the program.

Photo captions: (a) Anna (3rd from left) and her coworkers & PP55 Fellow Hayley Roth ’17 (right), at the Opportunity Finance Network Conference in Sept. 2017. (b) Anna with Hayley in the office. (c) Anna at training on the fundamentals of the opportunity finance industry hosted at Self-Help Credit Union.

First: No other university has a program like Project 55 (PP55). In all my conversations with recent graduates from other universities, I’ve found that only Princeton has a nonprofit fellowship program created and funded by alumni. I like to think that we Tigers are an exceptional bunch, and PP55 certainly cements that conviction.

Second: The support I received from Project 55 throughout the job search and application process. Instead of sending dozens of cover letters into the ether, never to be heard from again, I had PP55 staff, program alumni, and peers who could help me prepare for an interview, offer advice for placements, and even give a nudge to organizations I had interviewed with to improve my chances for a fulfilling post-graduate job. To have the guidance, reassurance, and support of PP55 staff and infrastructure during that process helped me and many other Fellows maintain our sanity.

Lastly: Former Fellows and Princeton alumni who welcomed me and the other Fellows into their homes and lives. Starting a new job in a new city with new people is difficult. Thanks to the PP55 network, a welcoming committee of local Princetonians awaits each PP55 Fellow. From backyard barbecues to cultural events to individual mentors, PP55 has connected me with fascinating people who have supported and guided me during my Fellowship. The best way I know to thank all those people who have welcomed the DC Fellowship class is to give my own time and expertise to future Fellows and the PP55 program.

Emerging Leaders Program Update

Congratulations to another cohort of Emerging Leaders alumni!

Closing Celebrations were held in New York City on Tuesday, February 13, and in Washington, DC on Thursday, February 15. Emerging Leaders were joined by supportive friends, family members, work supervisors, AlumniCorps board members, Emerging Leaders volunteers, and Emerging Leaders alumni.

As is customary, Emerging Leaders were invited to give a few closing remarks at the Celebrations. We have a few excerpts below:
“I am thankful to Princeton AlumniCorps for existing. You are doing impactful work and transforming lives by not only showing us we can remain in the sector but encouraging innovation to challenge the status quo.”
~Tenesha Duncan (pictured left), EL DC ‘17 – ‘18, Membership Director, National Abortion Federation, Washington, DC

“The best part of the program was hearing the great experience and knowledge of my cohort. This group has become crucial for me as I continue to develop in my career”
~ Liam Cates (pictured center), EL NYC ‘17-’18, Senior Community Engagement Associate, DonorsChoose.org, NYC

“Being in a leadership role in a small organization can be lonely. After a particularly frank conversation, my boss recommended that I apply to the Emerging Leaders program, and I am so grateful he did. Emerging Leaders gave me peers and thought partners ​who provided feedback and perspective I didn’t even realize I needed.”
~ Jessica Weis (pictured right), EL NYC ‘17 – ‘18, Program Director, The Petey Greene Program, NJ

We invite new program alumni to leverage our network by:
1. Joining our program facilitators for periodic professional development lunches.
AlumniCorps periodically sponsors lunches with program facilitators Hilary Joel and Yael Sivi for small groups of Emerging Leaders alumni. After a lunch in October 2017, Rachel Steinberg (EL NYC ‘16-’17) remarked “…to have the opportunity to re-immerse in the experience, even if only for a couple of hours, was excellent. I do think this is a wonderful way to sustain the growth and learnings of Emerging Leaders. Thank you for arranging this!”
2. Connecting Regionally with the Network.
May Mark, an alumna of the ’14 -15 Emerging Leaders cohort in NYC, moved across the country to join an Oakland, CA education tech startup. When that job ended prematurely, she turned to the AlumniCorps network to help her learn more about opportunities in the Bay Area. “This new AlumniCorps community was an extension of the one I’d joined in NYC during the Emerging Leaders program. Even though the Bay Area is different, both communities have shared values.” Read more about May’s journey with AlumniCorps here.

New Staff at 12 Stockton! Spring 2018

Soraia Francisco, Program Associate at 12 Stockton.

Princeton AlumniCorps welcomes Soraia Francisco, our new Program Associate, to the team at 12 Stockton. A native of Portugal, Soraia graduated from Rutgers University and served in multiple U.S. cities as a two-term AmeriCorps member. In her first term of service, she provided disaster relief and long-term recovery for communities impacted by Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Sandy. She then moved to the West Coast to serve as an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) tutor in Federal Way, Washington, where she served both elementary, middle and high school students. For the next three years, she continued to build relationships with and serve at-risk youth as a School Outreach Coordinator for Communities In Schools.

She is a current M.Ed. student at Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies on the Sexuality Education track. In her free time, she loves to hike with her dog, craft snail mail, and unpack social constructs with friends over a meal.

Dan-el Padilla Peralta ’06 Keynotes Leadership Circle Breakfast

Members of the Keystone Society at the 2018 Leadership Circle Breakfast

On February 25, 2018 new AlumniCorps board member Dan-el Padilla Peralta ’06 addressed our Leadership Circle Breakfast. Guests listened with rapt attention to Dan-el’s exploration of ancient Roman civilization and the implications the classics hold for our understanding of the rights of modern citizenship. The talk was followed by a question and answer session, and all attendees received a signed copy of Dan-el’s 2015 memoir, Undocumented.

Dan-el’s 2015 memoir, Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to Ivy League

Dan-el is Assistant Professor of Classics at Princeton University. He is currently finishing his latest book entitled Divine institutions: religion and state formation in middle republican Rome. His 2015 memoir Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to Ivy League received an Alex Award from the American Library Association.

Each year Keystone Society members are honored with a small gathering featuring noted speakers. This year we expanded the scope of the event by hosting a Leadership Circle Breakfast for all those who have demonstrated their commitment by giving significant time, talent, and treasure to AlumniCorps. Past guest speakers included Nobel Prize-winner Princeton Professor Emeritus Sir Angus Deaton; noted first-amendment authority, Professor Margaret ‘Peggy’ Russell ’79; and well-known writer, documentarian, and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff ’83. Learn more about the Keystone Society here.

Bold Idea Update

160 attend webinar on trauma and mental health in immigrant and refugee communities

As part of the Bold Idea initiative, Princeton AlumniCorps and Appleseed hosted a webinar presentation and Q & A on the topic of trauma and mental health in immigrant and refugee communities. One-hundred and sixty viewers from all over the United States tuned in to listen and learn from Dr. Usha Tummala-Narra and Dr. Maria Nardone about the various aspects of trauma, including the effects of the current political climate on mental wellness and the generational impact of chronic stress on immigrant families.

A girl holding a doll, arrives with others migrants at the refugee center in the town of Presevo, after walking from Macedonia to Serbia on August 26, 2015. At least 2,000 more migrants flooded overnight into Serbia in a desperate journey to try and go on to Hungary, the door into the European Union, a UN official said on August 24. More than 9,000 people, mostly Syrian refugees, have arrived to Serbia those last three days. AFP PHOTO / ARMEND NIMANI

The Bold Idea initiative seeks to bring together practitioners, academics, policymakers, and funders from both within and beyond the AlumniCorps network for dialogue and action over a three-year period. The current iteration of the Bold Idea is a two-year pilot focusing on immigration issues. AlumniCorps, in partnership with Appleseed, a network of 17 public interest centers in the United States and Mexico, received a grant from the Hewlett Foundation to promote network-based collaboration focused on the issues facing immigrants and refugees.

Get free access to the recorded webinar here. To learn more about empowering immigrant communities, come to our Princeton Reunions 2018 panel, In the Service of Humanity: Empowering Immigrant Communities on Friday, June 1 at 2:00pm in the Neuroscience Building. Get more details here.

In Memoriam: Ethel Lipsitz s’55

Ethel Lipsitz s’55– February 23, 2018

Ethel was the widow of Hilary Lipsitz ’55, and remained an active AlumniCorps supporter and generous donor after Hilary’s passing in August 2016. She was the Director of Development for the Collegiate School from 1985 – 2000. Writing of Mrs. Lipsitz, current Collegiate Headmaster Lee Levison observed that Mrs. Lipsitz’ “Dignity and grace were palpable – and radiated throughout [a] room. Being in her presence made us all better.” Read Ethel’s full obituary in the New York Times online here.