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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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It’s never too early to being planning for your future. Contrary to popular belief, estate planning is not just for older individuals. In fact, younger people can find the planning process to be both worthwhile and relatively simple to begin. This article from WealthManagement describes the importance of planning for one’s foreseeable future (like marriage, […]

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(Left to right): Heather Wilkinson Deguire ’98; Hayley Wilkinson Brammer ’00; Bev Wilkinson P’98, P’00, P’03; Jerry Wilkinson B.S.E.’67, P’98, P’00, P’03; and Hilary Wilkinson Bayer ’03 “My experience at Duke not only formed me as a person, but transformed me,” said Jerry Wilkinson B.S.E.’67, P’98, P’00, P’03, who received a degree in electrical engineering […]

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Duke Trustee Emeritus Karl von der Heyden ’62 and his wife, Mary Ellen P’87, have a deep affinity for the arts. As New York City residents since 1987, the von der Heydens have embraced the ever-present and thriving arts culture that the city is known for. “We love the theater and go there frequently,” said […]

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It was a wonderful time celebrating with alumni and friends at Duke Reunion Weekend, held earlier this month on April 15-17, 2016.  Duke University’s Office of Gift Planning hosted two events during this milestone weekend. If you returned to Duke for Reunion Weekend, we hope you enjoyed your time on campus. Here is as recap […]

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Duke University’s campus is undergoing an incredible transformation. The Duke Chapel is nearing the end of a yearlong project to restore the chapel to its original beauty. New buildings have popped up all over campus, and old buildings have been remodeled from the inside out. The physical changes of our alma mater are reflective of […]

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Gift planning can be a smart way to leave a lasting impression at a charity, like Duke, while achieving your personal and financial goals.  There are many options for every life stage. If you are in your 40s and 50s, you probably have an established career.  It’s likely you are thinking about how to save […]

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It’s no secret that the modern world is becoming more complex.  With that complexity arise new expressions and vocabulary.  I can’t even remember, for example, when we began using the term “emoticon.” 🙂 While jargon can be helpful to people who dwell full-time within specialized areas of life, it can also become very commonplace and […]

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Retirement planning remains an important part of every person’s life.  Gift planning may provide creative strategies to help you align your personal and financial plans with your charitable intentions. Anne Bradley, associate director of gift planning at Duke University, describes how to bridge your individual retirement goals with a legacy gift to Duke.  Two of […]

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Duke was a very different university when Mary Robinson ’49 arrived from Ashtabula, Ohio. It was September 1945, just weeks after World War II ended. Women students were housed on East Campus, men on West. Women were not allowed to have cars—or men in their classes for the first two years. The Giles Residence Hall […]

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Becoming the first person in his family to go to college was a distinction Jack Boyd ’85 didn’t take lightly.  He still remembers the excitement of his first day at Duke, from meeting his roommate to attending his first dorm meeting.  That was the moment a realization hit him: attached to his new independence and […]

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