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And It’s All Made Possible by You

Every gift to Duke – large or small – plays a role in pushing us forward. They allow research into uncovering the next impossible discovery, financial aid ensuring the best and brightest always have a spot, and top faculty to train future leaders and advance new fields. In other words, Duke isn’t Duke without you.

Duke Isn’t Duke Without You
Thanks to financial aid, all students are afforded the opportunity to pursue their greatest ambitions and benefit from the Duke experience.
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Discover Your Impact

Donors like you make the Duke experience possible.

We believe that education is both inside and out of the classroom, from studying in Lilly Library to cheering in Cameron Indoor Stadium. That’s why we’ve integrated service-learning, community engagement and studying away into the fabric of the Duke experience. Your support of programs like DukeEngage and Bass Connections allows students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to the real-world while shaping their learning, future careers and lives.

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Our research not only discovers answers to some of the world’s most pressing challenges – it changes lives for the better. Your gifts help us to strip away the divisions between departments, so that ideas flourish at the intersection of health, science, technology and the humanities. Faculty and work side by side with graduates and undergraduates, amplifying new voices and preparing students to confront the challenges of the future.

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Duke faculty is the best of the best. They not only make a difference through their research and scholarship to advance new fields, but in the students they train and mentor as future leaders. Answers to complex problems require multiple and inclusive perspectives, and your support helps to recruit and retain the next generation of diverse and superb faculty that make that possible.

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Our admissions are need-blind, so that the best and brightest always have a place at Duke regardless of their ability to pay. Your support of scholarships and fellowships ensures a student body of diverse perspectives, backgrounds and talents that enrich the classroom and campus experience.

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Duke Health is at the forefront of the future of health care, translating discoveries into treatments that improve all our lives. Your support helps students and researchers work together to unlock the secrets of disease, fight the battle against urgent health challenges like COVID-19, make a difference in the health of both North Carolina and communities around the world, and offer a transformative education to prepare the next generation of great health care professionals.

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Duke’s campus is timeless, but we constantly strive to elevate it into a class of its own. We tear down divisional boundaries and establish collision spaces for innovative research across departments, such as humanities and medicine or computer science and philosophy. We create space inside and out of the classroom that enhance the way students live, learn and grow. Your support allows us to continue providing the highest level of academic life and patient care for a vibrant, diverse and exceptional campus community.

See the impact on campus transformation

Our 16 Annual Funds allow our deans to say “yes” when innovation, research and ambition is needed most. They keep us flexible and nimble, providing for need-based financial aid, world-class teaching, hands-on learning and so much more. Your collective support helps us respond to the changing world around us and continue making the amazing possible.

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Help our most vulnerable students

Together, we will ensure every student can keep learning and growing as scholars during the challenges of COVID-19. Thank you for making more possible for the world and for Duke.


Give for Today

Gifts to Duke can immediately make an impact on the schools, programs and priorities that need them most.

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Give for Tomorrow

There’s a flexible way to ensure your impact far into the future. Our planned giving team can help you plan today to secure permanent support for Duke tomorrow.

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$3 Million Gift to Power Duke Efforts to Expand Energy Access

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Duke Counts $517 Million in Private Donations

More than 92,000 Duke University alumni and friends gave $517 million in fiscal year 2021 to support research, faculty, financial aid, patient care, campus transformations and the student experience. This marks the sixth consecutive year that Duke raised more than $500 million in philanthropic support. “The support of our alumni and friends is vital to […]


$100 Million to Advance Duke Science and Technology Research

The Duke Endowment of Charlotte, N.C., is supporting Duke University’s efforts to expand its faculty in science and technology by completing the second phase of a $100 million investment. This is the largest award Duke University has ever received.


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The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will continue to fund a Duke University program to increase the number of underrepresented minority Ph.D. graduates in the physical sciences and engineering, approving a three-year, $1 million grant renewal. The grant, supplemented by funding from Duke’s Office of the Provost and The Graduate School, will support the University Center of […]


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Can we count on you?

Your support of the Annual Fund remains the essential element that unlocks new possibilities for Duke. You ensure students overcome the barriers and financial obstacles that stand in their way, enabling them to take full advantage of world-class faculty and learning opportunities. Our fiscal year ends on June 30 – please make your gift today.