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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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You may have seen articles about donating IRA assets to a charity. For several years, donors 70 ½ or older have been able to make tax-free transfers from an IRA to a qualified charity. This transfer is known as a qualified charitable distribution, or “QCD.” Increase in QCD limit in 2024: Increase in QCD Gift […]

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Beneficiary designations offer a direct and meaningful way to support Duke University. What are some options? Let’s get started! Access our Beneficiary Designations Guide to discover how this direct giving strategy can make a significant impact at Duke and beyond. This information is provided with the understanding that neither Duke University nor the authors are providing […]

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“Our Centennial is a gift to us: our chance to pause and contemplate our past, to appreciate our present, and to plan for our future.” President Vincent E. Price The weather outside was frightful but Cameron Indoor Stadium was delightful as the Duke community celebrated the university’s 100th birthday on January 9, 2024. The stage […]

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It’s been a while since Jim Vogeley threw a television off the roof of a building. These days, he’s interested in quietly helping fix problems rather than spectacularly breaking things. The TV stunt, which was his contribution to the engineering school’s version of the classic egg-drop challenge, was admittedly a one-time thing — just college […]

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People say it every December and it continues to be true: This past year went by so fast! It’s hard to believe we are approaching another 12/31 and thinking once again about how to reduce taxes while supporting your favorite charities (like Duke!) before the tax year ends. Here are some ideas: Donating publicly traded […]

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“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie As we reflect during this season of expressing gratitude, we’d like to take a moment to reiterate our heartfelt appreciation for your continued support of Duke University. Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous, bountiful […]

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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 […]

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Kelly Braddy Van Winkle says she has finally stopped bouncing. For years, when she was introduced to innovative, interesting new work at Duke, she dove into it, supporting it financially and as a volunteer … until the next interesting idea came along and she bounced over to it. Then Van Winkle learned about the Human […]

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For many individuals and couples, a charitable gift annuity can be a simple, tax-savvy way to support the future of Duke University while enjoying the security of a fixed income for life, regardless of market performance. How does it work? Establish a gift annuity with a gift of $25,000 or more. Receive a one-time income […]

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With a qualified charitable distribution, you can transfer assets directly to Duke in an easy, tax-efficient way to fulfill your philanthropic goals. What is a qualified charitable distribution? A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) or charitable IRA rollover allows individuals to transfer up to $100,000 a year directly from an IRA to Duke. You can also […]

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