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Blueprints Blog

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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In this three-part series, we’ll explore strategic gift options and introduce you to Duke alumnae who have made lasting impacts on the university through planned giving. Whether you are just starting to consider how a legacy gift can work for you, or are already working with a financial advisor or estate attorney, we are here […]

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In this three-part series, we’ll explore strategic gift options and introduce you to Duke alumnae who have made lasting impacts on the university through planned giving. Whether you are just starting to consider how a legacy gift can work for you, or are already working with a financial advisor or estate attorney, we are here […]

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Duke University receives various types of charitable gifts from alumni and friends each year and the tax deduction rules for these vary widely. Duke is a “public” charity so gifts receive the highest deduction limits allowed by law. This post will address the two gift categories: current or deferred. The most common type of “current […]

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Duke Reunions can be an inspiring time, even virtually — catching up with old friends, sharing the joy of their success and experiences, meeting great classmates you didn’t know during your days at Duke. Celebrate and honor your class reunion by giving back to the university with a planned gift. Each reunion class is raising […]

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For each of us, home can mean many things beyond the place we currently reside. Duke alumni Tanya Rolle Smith and Geoff Smith remind us what it means to seek comfort and community from the places we call home. Home of the Blue Devils Geoffrey Smith ’94 grew up in south New Jersey. He was […]

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The dramatic rise in the value of cryptocurrency has garnered a lot of attention in the media. The novelty and low cost attracted many investors in the early days. The value of the most popular cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, has grown exponentially in the last 10 years. Those who hold cryptocurrency as part of their portfolio may […]

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If you grew up in a military family or know how often those in the military move, you’ll understand how Shannon Denise Norris ’93, M.D.’97 came to view the world as a child — and later what that meant for her in choosing a university and a career. Shannon’s father became an airman in the United States […]

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In our first post, we considered the potential impact of several of President-elect Joe Biden’s proposed tax measures on charitable giving, focusing on proposals related to revenue earned by a taxpayer:  income and capital gain taxes. Today’s post focuses on Biden’s proposals that signal changes to the taxes imposed when an individual transfers wealth to […]

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In 1969, within the first few weeks of beginning a new year at Duke, Diane L. Holditch-Davis, Ph.D., B.S.N.’73, P’12, FAAN and Mark Davis Ph.D., B.S.E.’73, P’12 met on the third-floor of Trent (then the Graduate Center) in the commons room and were becoming fast acquaintances. At the time, freshmen were given upperclassmen as advisors. […]

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During this particularly challenging year, we are humbled by the continued strength and generosity of the Duke community. As the holidays approach, there’s no better time to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for all that you do for the university. We wish you and your family good health and happiness this holiday season and […]

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