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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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Greetings, Class of 1970! We have been busy planning for our upcoming 50th Reunion at Duke, April 17-19, 2020. I hope to see you there for a beautiful spring weekend! Be sure to visit our website at dukereunions.com/1970 for more information and updates. In addition to Annual Fund and endowment support you may be considering, […]

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When Tre’ Scott ’15 left Duke as a wide-eyed graduate he knew what he wanted in a career. But in order to make it real, as easy as it sounds, Tre’ needed to write it down. Tre’ created a list of the things he hoped for — and a separate list of the things he […]

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On Thursday, June 6th, the Office of Gift Planning hosted the 16th annual Duke Heritage Society luncheon at the Washington Duke Inn Hotel & Golf Club. Our team hosts this event each year as a way to thank local Duke alumni and friends who have included the university in their estate plans. It was a […]

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On Wednesday, March 27, Duke’s Office of Gift Planning partnered with Gregg ‘79 and Susan Berdy to host an evening reception at the Westwood Country Club in St. Louis, MO. It was a pleasure to host over 30 Duke alumni and friends for cocktails and conversation. Our keynote speaker, Nicole Schramm-Sapyta, Ph.D., is the chief […]

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This year’s Gift Planning Reunion Co-Chairs share why they were inspired to leave a legacy at Duke by including the university in their estate plans. Planned gifts – such as bequests, retirement account designations, and charitable gift annuities – provide meaningful support to Duke far into the future. No matter who or what inspires you […]

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Students from the Duke in Silicon Valley program visit PayPal headquarters in San Jose, CA. The first gift to endow the program will rename it to the Ronald and Carrie Ludwig Duke in Silicon Valley Program. Photo by Pilar Timpane / Duke I&E. Duke undergraduate students will further engage in experiential innovation and entrepreneurship learning […]

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Pam and Gery Anderson are forever grateful for the care their grandson, Lachlan, received at Duke Children’s. Lachlan was prenatally diagnosed with what he calls a “special heart,” and after an inpatient stay and three heart surgeries, he is now a healthy, energetic seven-year-old who enjoys math and soccer. “The team at Duke Children’s took […]

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Before 2018 draws to a close, consider supporting the Duke programs and areas you care about most with a charitable gift annuity. Charitable gift annuities (CGAs) provide a future source of support for Duke while securing a fixed income for you and your loved ones. With a gift of $10,000 or more, you could receive […]

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The first house calls James R. “Jim” Urbaniak M.D.’62 made as a doctor were for Mary and Eddie Cameron. The last house calls he made were for Tom Butters. For more than half a century, Jim and his wife, Martha “Muff” Shawger Urbaniak B.S.N.’67, have been devoted to Duke blue. For those not familiar with […]

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Together, William W. Johnston, MD’59, and Charles R. West have a more than half a century of combined service to Duke University. To be in their presence is to be regaled by one astonishing and often hilarious story after another. And yet they say their most recent undertaking—establishing an estate gift that will endow a […]

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