Further Forward reaches a significant milestone!

Duke planned giving initiative surpasses 1,000 gifts

We’ve reached a significant mark within the Duke Forward campaign, and I wanted to take a moment to share the exciting news on behalf of everyone at Duke University and the Office of Gift Planning. In May 2013, Duke launched a new initiative within the Duke Forward campaign to raise 1,200 new planned gifts by 2017.  As of April 2015, we have recorded over 1,000 planned gifts toward our 1,200 goal of new legacy gifts!

I would like to personally thank you for your profound support. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our alumni and friends.  Your gifts will make a significant impact on Duke and will continue to support the future of our university for generations to come. With just two years remaining in the campaign, we are overjoyed by our progress and we are confident we will reach (dare I say, beat?) our goal.

The estate gift from James B. Duke transformed Trinity College into Duke University, and planned gifts have remained a vital source of support ever since. Planned gifts have funded numerous campus landmarks, including The Fuqua School of Business and the Pratt School of Engineering. They provide scholarships for future students, bolster our programs and faculty, and support countless research and medical advances. There is no doubt the power and impact of planned gifts can be seen and felt everywhere at Duke.

Making the decision to include Duke in your long-term plans will help ensure that the priorities that matter most to you will be supported well into the future. Thank you for all you do to support Duke!

If you would like to learn more about the Further Forward initiative at Duke, please feel free to contact me or a member of the Gift Planning team. We would be delighted to speak with you.

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Phillip Buchanan


Phil is a veteran of development and gift planning who considers it a privilege to help good people celebrate the joy of giving. He served as Duke’s senior philanthropic counsel until his retirement in April 2021 and helped donors, professional advisors and Duke Development officers evaluate the best options for making a charitable gift to Duke. He has been featured in publications such as BusinessWeek  and Kiplinger’s.