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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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Beginning January 1, 2023, the Secure Act 2.0 allows taxpayers to establish a charitable gift annuity with a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from their individual retirement account (IRA). With a charitable gift annuity, a donor makes a gift to a public charity—like Duke—in exchange for a fixed, lifetime payment. While taxpayers have established gift annuities […]

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Naming a charity as a beneficiary of your retirement account can be an effective way to make a future gift with a lasting impact. But be sure to take the step of notifying those beneficiaries of the plans you have made. Understandably, you may have reasons to keep this information private from some beneficiaries, but […]

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Originally published on March 22, 2023 in the Duke University School of Medicine’s Magnify Magazine by Dave Hart In an age when people share the details of their days on social media and you can learn almost anything about almost anybody with a few clicks, it is not easy to pass through a long life […]

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Original article published in the 2021-2022 Duke Pathology Annual Reportby Morgan Pope, Director of Interdisciplinary Development, Duke Alumni Engagement and Developmentand Jamie Botta, Communications Strategist, Duke Pathology We sat down with major donors Todd Brady MD’99, PhD’98 and Andrea Darling MA’96, JD’99, a married couple of 26 years whose son, Alex, started as a freshman […]

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Duke Reunion Capstone Weekend returns to campus on April 14-16, 2023, and we’re looking forward to celebrating together again. It’s an inspiring time as we reflect on our past Duke experiences and look ahead to an even brighter Duke future. There are so many meaningful ways to support the university. One way many of your […]

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President Biden recently signed into law the Secure Act 2.0. Among other things, this new law allows taxpayers to establish a charitable gift annuity with a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from their individual retirement account (IRA), starting in 2023. With a charitable gift annuity, a donor makes a gift to a public charity (like Duke!) […]

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Last month, the Internal Revenue Service announced its annual inflation adjustments for tax year 2023. In general, values have risen by about 7%. Notable changes include increases in: Standard deductions Marginal tax rates Unified gift and estate tax exemptions Annual gift tax exclusions Learn more about these and other tax changes by visiting www.irs.gov, and […]

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Location, location, location!  With the booming real estate market, you may own some property that has substantially increased in value. Here in Durham, for instance, home values have gone up 34% over the past year and 119% over the past decade. Due to rapid increases in property values, the income you are seeing from rental […]

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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 […]

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A charitable IRA rollover–often called a “qualified charitable distribution” or “QCD”–may be an easy and effective way to make an immediate impact at Duke. It allows those who are 70 ½ or older to support Duke people, places and programs with a tax-free transfer of up to $100,000 a year from an individual retirement account. […]

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