The mission of Princeton Community Works is to enable non-profit boards, staff and volunteers to work together more effectively by networking, developing skills, and raising community awareness. Passion, inclusion, teamwork and best practices shape the Annual Princeton Community Works Conference for nonprofits held at Princeton University on the last Monday of January each year. The event takes place on Princeton University, at the Frist Campus Center, from 5 pm to 9:15 pm.  

The price of the event is $35 for early birds, then $40. Scholarships also are available. The conference includes networking activities, an inspirational keynote address, boxed dinner and choice of two workshops from 20+ topics. According to Smith, PCW is able to keep the price affordable because of the support of Princeton University and the help of 100 dedicated PCW volunteers. Everyone connected with the event – from the planning committee and event-night volunteers to the expert speakers – all donate their time.

Workshop sessions cover a range of topics that are important to nonprofits. They include: volunteer recruitment and retention, board building cycle, board governance, effective leadership, fundraising success, understanding the grantor’s perspective, understanding donor expectations, metrics and measuring success, budgeting, strategic planning, branding, implementing new tax laws, legal considerations, social media for savvy users, team building, youth volunteers, and more.

Reviews from prior PCW Conferences:
- Most valuable four hours I spent this year!
- The professionalism of the workshop leaders was impressive.
- I can put what I learned to use immediately.
- Seeing all these people doing such great things was exhilarating.
- It was great to see so many people with similar issues. I don’t feel so alone.
- The contacts I made were worth the price of admission.