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Duke Now & Forever in Richmond

The Annual Fund and Office of Gift Planning partner for a special evening with annual fund and planned giving donors

April 03, 2019 | by Brandy Chieco, Nan Futrell ’07

Duke Now & Forever in Richmond

On Tuesday, March 19, the Duke Annual Fund and Duke’s Office of Gift Planning partnered to host an evening reception at The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design in Richmond, VA. It was a pleasure to spend the evening with so many friends and Duke supporters.

Hosts John T’96 and Carolyn Port T’96 opened the event with a warm welcome and offered personal testimony about why they support Duke.

Our keynote speaker, John Caccavale T’81, P’11, joined us from the Duke Financial Economics Center (DFE) to share about his work with current Duke students. His remarks provided a wonderful reminder of the things that distinguish Duke from other universities, including its effort to leverage Duke’s liberal arts curriculum and world-class faculty to become a leader in the field of financial education. Through teaching, research, innovative programming and alumni engagement, the DFE equips Duke undergraduates, regardless of academic focus, with the skills they need for successful careers in finance and related fields. John’s insights made each of us proud to be connected to Duke, whether as an alumnus, volunteer, parent or friend.

The Duke Now & Forever regional event series brings together individuals who support Duke today, through contributions to the Duke Annual Fund, and those who support Duke’s future, through retirement and estate planning techniques. Annual Fund gifts are the primary source of funding for the University’s present, most pressing priorities, while planned gifts help to secure its long-term vitality. Without the generosity of our alumni and friends who recognize these tandem needs, Duke would not be the internationally-renowned institution it is today.

Our next event will be held on April 16 at the Renaissance Downtown in Denver, CO.

To learn more about supporting the Duke Financial Economics Center or other areas at Duke, please contact the Duke Annual Fund or the Office of Gift Planning.

About the authors


Brandy Chieco Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications

Brandy oversees marketing and communications, events and special initiatives for the Office of Gift Planning. She works closely with donors who are featured in Duke Magazine, the Blueprints blog and other publications. She also works closely with development teams, schools and alumni volunteers as part of our comprehensive reunion efforts. Prior to joining the team, Brandy worked in marketing, human resources and banking. She received her B.A. degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. When she is not in the office, Brandy enjoys local theatre, exploring the diverse Durham food scene and spending quality time with her husband and son.

Brandy Chieco can be contacted via email or by phone at (919) 681-8030.


Nan Futrell ’07 Associate Director

Nan helps alumni and friends of Duke explore tax-efficient ways to support key priorities they share in common with the University, often through retirement and estate planning. A North Carolina native and third generation Duke graduate, Nan joined the Office of Gift Planning after completing a two-year clerkship in the chambers of Chief Judge Linda McGee at the North Carolina Court of Appeals. She previously worked as a staff attorney at a non-profit in Washington, D.C., focusing on First Amendment church-state issues. Nan received her law degree from the University of North Carolina and her undergraduate degree from Duke, with majors in History and Religion and a certificate in Policy Journalism and Media Studies. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and their two sons.

Nan Futrell ’07 can be contacted via email or by phone at (919) 613-4530.

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