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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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Have you heard about the Duke 100 Challenge? For the first time in Duke’s history, there is a matching challenge for planned gifts and the opportunity to support Duke today and tomorrow. As of April 2023, 10% of a new planned gift established in your estate or retirement plan will be matched with current-use funds […]


As an associate director of gift planning, I speak with a lot of Duke alumni and friends across the country about ways to support the university. Here are the four most common questions I receive from donors, alumni, and friends of Duke about planned giving: 1.  What is a planned gift and why should I […]


(Left to right): Heather Wilkinson Deguire ’98; Hayley Wilkinson Brammer ’00; Bev Wilkinson P’98, P’00, P’03; Jerry Wilkinson B.S.E.’67, P’98, P’00, P’03; and Hilary Wilkinson Bayer ’03 “My experience at Duke not only formed me as a person, but transformed me,” said Jerry Wilkinson B.S.E.’67, P’98, P’00, P’03, who received a degree in electrical engineering […]


Gift planning can be a smart way to leave a lasting impression at a charity, like Duke, while achieving your personal and financial goals.  There are many options for every life stage. If you are in your 60s and 70s, you are likely thinking about your upcoming retirement.  You may be wondering how to provide […]


It’s no secret that the modern world is becoming more complex.  With that complexity arise new expressions and vocabulary.  I can’t even remember, for example, when we began using the term “emoticon.” 🙂 While jargon can be helpful to people who dwell full-time within specialized areas of life, it can also become very commonplace and […]


Many people assume that planned giving means making a gift after your lifetime (such as through your will).  While including a charity in your estate plans may be the most common planned giving method, it certainly isn’t the only way.  In fact, there are many ways you can make a gift now and support your […]


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