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Gift planning insights to build a plan for your future

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Lacey Wheeler’s acceptance to Duke brought up one big question: How could she afford to attend? Her financial aid package, including funds from individual scholarships and the Annual Fund, provided the answers. Thanks to the tremendous support of alumni and friends, Duke Forward raised a record $571 million in gifts and pledges in 2015-16, allowing […]


Thank you for your support of Duke Forward.  With the help of thousands of Duke alumni and friends, we had another record-breaking year and continue to make great progress toward our campaign goals. In 2014-15, generous gifts for need-based financial aid, professorships, campus facilities, global health, leadership education research, and big data highlighted an extraordinary […]


Trinity College was renamed Duke University following a gift for endowment from James Buchanan Duke in 1924.  What most people do not know is that the bulk of the endowment was paid through a bequest.  Planned gifts have set the trajectory for Duke’s future growth and success.  Gifts from donors like you propel us further […]


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