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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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It’s rare for anyone to plan their estate at age 40, but Pavel Molchanov is an uncommon guy. He has worked for the same company his entire career. He is a longtime North Carolinian who isn’t a basketball fan. And he is planning to leave Duke more than $2 million in his will. Molchanov has […]

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Duke Reunion Weekend returns to campus on April 8-10, 2022, and we’re looking forward to celebrating together again. It’s an inspiring time as we reflect on our past Duke experiences and look ahead to an even brighter Duke future. There are so many meaningful ways you can give back to the university in honor of […]

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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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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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