Class of 1985 Gift Planning Reunion Co-Chair Jack Boyd ’85: “Why I Give”

Duke has grown significantly since our Class of 1985 graduated 30 years ago.  The landscape of Duke’s campus is changing with the development of new buildings.  New professors and administrators are offering new courses that overlap across disciplines, schools, and programs.  The next class of Duke students are preparing to become the next generations of critical thinkers and global influencers.

On April 17-19, 2015, our Class of 1985 will reunite to reflect on Duke’s role in shaping our lives, and to celebrate our university, education, and student experiences.  It will be incredible to see the growth of the university on campus firsthand!

In recognition of the impact Duke has had on my life, and for many of you, I made an unrestricted bequest designated to Duke support the university’s most pressing needs and to allow Duke to reach new heights in academia, research, and community service.

The decision to include Duke in my long-term plans was an easy one to make.  Duke’s commitment to putting knowledge in service of society is a model that delivers immediate results and serves as a platform for the future.

Did you know that gifts to the Duke Annual Fund and planned gifts count toward our 1985 class goal of $2.9M?  Through the Annual Fund, I can support the needs of current students, and through a planned gift, I can help keep that spirit alive for future generations.  Each of our gifts contributes toward the legacy our Class of 1985 is establishing.

Make a planned gift to recognize a meaningful Duke experience or program that resonates with you.  Honor a professor or school.  Come back, give back, and celebrate with us at the Class of 1985 30th reunion.

Celebrate our class reunion this year by making a planned gift toward our class total. Contact Duke University Office of Gift Planning.

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Duke University’s Office of Gift Planning specializes in charitable gift planning for estates, charitable trusts and annuities, and other complex current and future gift plans.

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