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Gift planning insights to build a plan for your future

The Gift Planning Blueprints blog offers planning insights, charitable giving news and stories of inspiration to help you plan for your future.

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As we close 2021 and look ahead to the new year, we take this time to reflect on just a few of the many Duke University achievements over the past twelve months that were made possible by your steadfast support, encouragement, and generosity. U.S. News & World Report ranked Duke 9th among U.S. universities. In […]

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For a half century, Mary and Judd Edeburn M.F.’72 have worked, played, grown and dreamed in Duke Forest. They even built their home nearby. Now retired, they have more time to observe its ever-changing landscape and notice the increasing demands on it. The Edeburns love staying involved. Though they once circled the globe, they don’t travel […]

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The past year and a half has given us renewed perspective on what matters most. For many, that includes the well-being of ourselves and loved ones, financial stability and supporting causes that make a difference. In times like these, a charitable gift annuity is a great option for many individuals and couples who want to […]

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For the philanthropically inclined IRA owner, a charitable IRA rollover – often called a “qualified charitable distribution” or “QCD” – may be an easy and effective way to make an impact at Duke. It allows those who are 70 ½ or older to support Duke people, places and programs with a tax-free transfer of up […]

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The rules that govern donor advised funds (DAFs) have always been a topic of conversation among lawmakers, and there have been many proposed changes over the years. The most recent effort is the Accelerating Charitable Efforts (ACE) Act introduced in June 2021 by Senators Grassley (R-IA) and King (I-ME). The stated purpose of the ACE Act […]

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It was a time in the Department of Pathology when esteemed faculty members such as Dr. Bernard Fetter and Dr. Donald Hackel walked the halls of the Davison Building, and Dr. Ed Bossen and Dr. John Shelburne were just starting out in their laudable careers. Following in the footsteps of such powerful mentors and scientists, […]

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Have you heard of donor advised funds but aren’t sure how they work? In this post, we’ll answer the top 4 questions we receive about donor advised funds to help you understand how this charitable giving strategy might work for you. What is a donor advised fund? Simply put, a donor advised fund (DAF) is […]

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Much has been made about the performance of publicly traded, or publicly owned, companies in 2020 and 2021. Despite a “COVID dip” in March 2020 and other short-term declines, the stock market has continued to climb at a historic pace overall since the 2008 financial crisis. In fact, many private companies are also performing well […]

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As with other facets of the pandemic economy, the U.S. housing market has defied expectations with its strong performance that, thus far, shows no signs of stopping soon. A confluence of social and economic factors – including steep homebuyer demand, limited housing inventory, historically low mortgage rates,1 and shifting demographic trends – has created an […]

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Major life events mark our most important milestones. As we all continue to adjust in these uncertain times, flexibility is key. We reconsider what is most important to us, re-examine our plans, and try our best to prepare for what’s to come. If you are looking for a way to have an impact at Duke […]

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