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Michael Schwartz M.H.A.’71, J.D.’82, P’94

Charitable gift annuities to support the Katherine R. and Robinson O. Everett Fund and The Fuqua School of Business

August 16, 2017 | by Alyssa Alegre

Michael Schwartz M.H.A.’71, J.D.’82, P’94

Michael Schwartz M.H.A.’71, J.D.’82, P’94 attributes many of his blessings in life to Duke. Before attending Duke, Michael was an army infantry officer. He received his masters and law degree from Duke, then worked at Duke Medical Center for 12 years. He and his wife, Phyllis, established two charitable gift annuities in appreciation for Duke and his invaluable law degree.

Michael hopes that his gift to Duke Law will enable students with military backgrounds to receive the same quality education that he received.

“Duke Law gave me an excellent legal education, enhanced my critical thinking skills, and set a standard of professional excellence that I’ve tried to maintain my entire career.”

Charitable gift annuities provide future support for Duke, while also providing a source of income for you and/or your loved ones and an income tax deduction. You may establish a gift annuity with as little as $10,000. If you fund a gift annuity using appreciated stock, you can avoid paying tax on a portion of the appreciation. To learn more about supporting Duke through a charitable gift annuity, please visit our website or contact a member of our team.

About the author


Alyssa Alegre Assistant Director of Gift Planning

Alyssa 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. Alyssa has previous work experience with a private law firm, several non-profit organizations, and a regional bank. She received her undergraduate degree and Masters of Business Administration from Niagara University. Alyssa joined the Gift Planning team in 2007, after relocating from Buffalo, New York. When she is not in the office, she enjoys being outdoors, running, and chasing after her twin daughters.

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

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