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Dear friends, What a year this month has been! As we all adjust to life during this trying time, we want to let you know that the entire Duke community – alumni, friends, faculty, staff and beyond – is stronger than ever. All facets of the university, including the Office of Gift Planning, continue to […]


On Tuesday, March 19, the Duke Annual Fund and Duke’s Office of Gift Planning partnered to host an evening reception at The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design in Richmond, VA. It was a pleasure to spend the evening with so many friends and Duke supporters. Hosts John T’96 and Carolyn Port T’96 opened the […]


On Wednesday, December 20, the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate approved a major tax reform bill, which President Trump is expected to sign into law before the end of the year. The bill contains several elements that will have an impact on the tax benefits of charitable giving in 2018 and beyond. What are […]


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 […]


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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