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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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As we prepare to launch Duke’s centennial celebration in January 2024, it’s an apt time to reflect upon the resources that have sustained the university throughout its first century—and will continue to do so as we enter its next 100 years. Without question, endowed funding is one critical component of Duke’s enduring success. An endowment […]


Duke University has been an important part of Scott Brun’s life since he attended. For Brun and his wife, Tere (pronounced “Terry”), the university is also a place where investing in societal change by investing in students produces the most bang for their philanthropic buck. Scott and Tere, who met and still both work at […]


Will your gift be endowed or expendable? It’s one of the most important questions you’ll be asked if you’re considering an estate gift to Duke. Understanding the differences between these types of gifts will help you determine the impact you want to have on the people and places at Duke that are most important to […]


What makes a great university?  Certainly the fundamentals include creative and bright students, engaging faculty, a beautiful campus, a culture of open inquiry, and a commitment to public service.  It also requires dedicated alumni, parents, and friends who believe in the institution and want to be a part of its future.  Many individuals and families […]


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