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  • Jeff Howard ’76 and Carson Dowd Howard ’76

    May 20, 2015

    Jeff Howard ’76 and Carson Dowd Howard ’76

    “Duke opens doors to opportunities and challenges us to expand our minds and to pursue lifelong learning,” said trustee and former Duke Alumni Association (DAA) president Jeff Howard ’76 and his wife, Carson Dowd Howard ’76. As alumni and Duke parents, the couple continues to be inspired by the energy of intelligent and motivated learners at Duke.

    That’s why the Howards made a gift of stock to fund a charitable remainder unitrust to benefit DAA, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and a student scholarship fund. “Our family is pleased to provide future students with similar opportunities to be challenged, grow, and contribute to their communities.” Continue Reading ➜

  • A mother’s legacy lives on

    May 14, 2015

    A mother’s legacy lives on

    It was college tour time, and Courtney Crump wasn’t planning on liking Duke. Some in her family even preferred a lighter shade of blue. But once on campus, she was a convert. “I found myself imagining living in Few Quad, eating at the Bryan Center, and studying in Perkins. I was really interested in DukeEngage and undergraduate research,” said Courtney, now a sophomore. “It felt like I belonged.” From the start, her student experience was everything she envisioned and more. The night of her freshman orientation, she remembers staying up until 4 a.m. discussing the merits of health care reform with her new classmates. “I’ve always wanted to be surrounded by academically minded people, and I found that at Duke. I’m amazed at how much I learn from my peers.”
    Continue Reading ➜

  • It’s our blogaversary!

    April 29, 2015

    It’s our blogaversary!

    This April 2015, Duke’s Office of Gift Planning celebrated the Blueprints blog’s first anniversary! Over the past year, we have published more than 50 blog posts to provide gift planning information and inspiration to our alumni and friends. We are excited to reach this milestone together!

    We began this blog as a way to provide helpful insights into charitable giving and offer creative strategies to satisfy your personal and philanthropic goals. We wanted to dispel any common misconceptions about gift planning and demonstrate ways to be savvy and smart with your charitable giving—no matter what your age or where your passion lies. Continue Reading ➜

  • VIDEO: Watch how Duke faculty and students are delivering new ideas that move the world forward

    April 27, 2015

    VIDEO: Watch how Duke faculty and students are delivering new ideas that move the world forward

    Take your front row seats to discover how Duke is moving the world forward.

    Check out our Ideas That Move the World Forward video library, featuring short, inspiring talks given by Duke’s leading faculty, alumni, and students at recent Duke Forward events. Here’s just a small snapshot of the inspirational and insightful ideas you will learn about through the collection of videos... Continue Reading ➜

  • Duke Reunions 2015

    April 24, 2015

    Duke Reunions 2015

    More than 4,100 alumni and friends – the highest number of attendees in history – came back to campus April 17-19 to celebrate Duke Reunions 2015, and it was an especially good time!

    We can’t think of anything better than spending a sunny weekend reacquainting with old friends, making new ones, and reliving memories at place that is special to so many Duke alumni. If you joined us at Reunions Weekend, we hope your experience was unforgettable. We loved seeing so many friends gather to celebrate their mutual love for Duke. Continue Reading ➜

  • Class of 1985 Gift Planning Reunion Co-Chair Jack Boyd ’85: “Why I Give”

    April 16, 2015

    Class of 1985 Gift Planning Reunion Co-Chair Jack Boyd ’85: “Why I Give”

    Duke has grown significantly since our Class of 1985 graduated 30 years ago. The landscape of Duke’s campus is changing with the development of new buildings. New professors and administrators are offering new courses that overlap across disciplines, schools, and programs. The next class of Duke students are preparing to become the next generations of critical thinkers and global influencers.

    On April 17-19, 2015, our Class of 1985 will reunite to reflect on Duke’s role in shaping our lives, and to celebrate our university, education, and student experiences. It will be incredible to see the growth of the university on campus firsthand! Continue Reading ➜

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