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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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Charitable bequests offer a flexible way to support the university while maintaining access to your funds in case you need them. Bequests can help you achieve your personal and financial goals while providing vital support for the Duke students, faculty, departments, and programs that matter most to you. Two of the most common charitable bequest […]

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Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) alumna Bettye Martin Musham has committed $8 million to the School. Her gift is the second-largest donation by an individual in the School’s history and the largest ever for faculty, students, and programs. Musham’s gift, via her estate, allots $5 million to endow the William and Bettye Martin Musham […]

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Originally published on February 27, 2024 on Duke TodayCredits: Thomasi McDonald, Senior Writer Father and son George and George-Frank Wall spent their lives making Trinity College, Duke, and Durham better. Their legacy in nurturing stronger communities continues at Duke and in Durham’s Walltown neighborhood. The East Campus Union, home to the Marketplace dining hall and […]

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You may have seen articles about donating IRA assets to a charity. For several years, donors 70 ½ or older have been able to make tax-free transfers from an IRA to a qualified charity. This transfer is known as a qualified charitable distribution, or “QCD.” Increase in QCD limit in 2024: Increase in QCD Gift […]

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Beneficiary designations offer a direct and meaningful way to support Duke University. What are some options? Let’s get started! Access our Beneficiary Designations Guide to discover how this direct giving strategy can make a significant impact at Duke and beyond. This information is provided with the understanding that neither Duke University nor the authors are providing […]

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“Our Centennial is a gift to us: our chance to pause and contemplate our past, to appreciate our present, and to plan for our future.” President Vincent E. Price The weather outside was frightful but Cameron Indoor Stadium was delightful as the Duke community celebrated the university’s 100th birthday on January 9, 2024. The stage […]

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It’s been a while since Jim Vogeley threw a television off the roof of a building. These days, he’s interested in quietly helping fix problems rather than spectacularly breaking things. The TV stunt, which was his contribution to the engineering school’s version of the classic egg-drop challenge, was admittedly a one-time thing — just college […]

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People say it every December and it continues to be true: This past year went by so fast! It’s hard to believe we are approaching another 12/31 and thinking once again about how to reduce taxes while supporting your favorite charities (like Duke!) before the tax year ends. Here are some ideas: Donating publicly traded […]

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“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie As we reflect during this season of expressing gratitude, we’d like to take a moment to reiterate our heartfelt appreciation for your continued support of Duke University. Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous, bountiful […]

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As we prepare to launch Duke’s centennial celebration in January 2024, it’s an apt time to reflect upon the resources that have sustained the university throughout its first century—and will continue to do so as we enter its next 100 years. Without question, endowed funding is one critical component of Duke’s enduring success. An endowment […]

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