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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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(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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Corporate mergers and acquisitions take place many times each year. These are often great for shareholders in terms of additional gain, but may also produce unwanted taxes. If a donor owns appreciated stock in a company that is subject to a takeover, merger, tender offer, negotiated sale or other acquisition, can the stock still be […]

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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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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 60s and 70s, you are likely thinking about your upcoming retirement.  You may be wondering how to provide […]

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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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Many people assume that planned giving means making a gift after your lifetime (such as through your will).  While including a charity in your estate plans may be the most common planned giving method, it certainly isn’t the only way.  In fact, there are many ways you can make a gift now and support your […]

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You’ve worked hard…for decades and it’s about time for you to enter the next phase in your life, one in which you’ll have time to catch-up on all those books you’ve been meaning to read, travel to those capitals (foreign and domestic) that you’ve always wanted to see, and perhaps volunteer for that charity you’ve […]

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Charitable gifts of real estate, such as a vacation home, rental or investment property, farm, or (sometimes) a primary residence can make a big impact at Duke.  Gifts of real estate provide scholarship support to numerous students, strengthen our academic programs, support athletic, engineering and other campus facilities.  At the same time, a gift of […]

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It has been nearly 40 years since Jeff Howard ’76 and his wife, Carson Dowd Howard ’76, roamed the “Gothic wonderland” they loved as classmates at Duke. Still today, these Duke alumni, and now Duke parents, continue to find inspiration in the energy of intelligent, motivated learners and limitless options available to students at their […]

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“Duke opens doors to opportunities and challenges us to expand our minds and to pursue lifelong learning,” said trustee and former Duke Alumni Association (DAA) president Jeff Howard ’76 and his wife, Carson Dowd Howard ’76.  As alumni and Duke parents, the couple continues to be inspired by the energy of intelligent and motivated learners […]

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