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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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Thank you for your commitment to Duke and the success of Duke Forward, Duke University’s seven-year fundraising campaign, which ended on June 30, 2017. It was the most ambitious campaign in Duke’s history. Explore the final Duke Forward Impact Report to discover how generous donors, alumni, parents and students gave $3.85 billion in support of […]

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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 […]

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What happens when you combine: 14 Cities. 10,000 Participants. 225 Student and faculty speakers. 1,000+ Volunteers? You make DUKE HISTORY! Thank you for contributing to the success of Duke Forward: On the Road in your city—and around the world! We hosted our 22nd and final event in New York in September, a culmination of the […]

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There are thousands of educational apps and technologies available to help children learn. How do parents and educators decide which app or tool works best? All humans have 50 trillion cells in our bodies that begin with the same genetic code. What causes some of the cells to change and evolve into a cancer? Duke […]

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Did you know your walking speed can predict your future health? Have you ever wondered if your dog really understands you? These are examples of big questions and ideas explored by Duke faculty, alumni, and students at recent Duke Forward events across the nation. Visit the Ideas That Move the World Forward video library to […]

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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 […]

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We’ve reached a significant mark within the Duke Forward campaign, and I wanted to take a moment to share the exciting news on behalf of everyone at Duke University and the Office of Gift Planning. In May 2013, Duke launched a new initiative within the Duke Forward campaign to raise 1,200 new planned gifts by […]

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Take your front row seats to discover how Duke is moving the world forward. Check out our Ideas That Move the World Forward video library, featuring short, inspiring talks given by Duke’s leading faculty, alumni, and students at recent Duke Forward events.  Here’s just a small snapshot of the inspirational and insightful ideas you will learn about […]

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With just two years left in our Duke Forward campaign, we want to take a moment to thank you for your support.  We continue to be amazed by the generosity and involvement of our alumni and friends and we look forward to reaching our $3.25B goal together in 2017. Gifts like yours have made a […]

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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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