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A Message from the Parents Program Chairs

"Serving as Co-Chairs for the Class of 2019 for the Parents Committee has been great experience for us since we were new to Duke in 2015. Looking back, there were many times we had questions or needed support, and our fellow Parents Committee members or the outstanding Duke staff was always there to help. We are excited to continue in our chair role for the 2019 school year! Joining the Parents Committee is a great way to meet a wonderful group of parents that are so generous with their time and financial support.  We know that both of our children have made lifetime friends and we have too!" 
- Tony and Mary Barra P'19, P'21

Share your time and energy with Duke!

The Duke Parents Program is a vital part of the Duke Annual Fund. Each year, the generosity of Duke parents helps the university support its financial aid program, sustain a world-class faculty, pay for service-learning projects, and provide support for a wealth of innovative learning opportunities for students.

In 2019-20, the Duke Parents Committee raised over $7.5 million to set a new record for the Parents Program! This success would not be possible without the support, dedication, and enthusiasm of 660+ non-alumni Duke parents from across the country and across the globe. These proud Duke parents provide leadership support for the Annual Fund and reach out to other Duke parents to enlist their support of the Annual Fund. Our parent volunteers enjoy gaining a deeper appreciation for the experiences their children are having as Duke students, meeting fellow parents, and having an opportunity to give back to a university that gives their children so much.

Committee Members are asked to:

  • Make a leadership gift to the Annual Fund that is commensurate with your philanthropic capacity and passion for Duke, with the minimum gift being at the Washington Duke Society level.

  • Actively serve in at least one primary volunteer role, and update Class Co-Chairs and Parents Program staff on your outreach throughout the year:

    • Fundraising Volunteers: Educate parents about the importance of giving to Duke, and ask them to join you in supporting the Annual Fund. Resources will be provided to engage them through phone calls, letters, and/or emails. Send thank you notes to parents after they give.

    • Stewardship Volunteers: Send personalized thank you notes to parent donors at least two times each year, typically in the winter and summer. Call incoming families to welcome them to Duke each spring on behalf of the Parents Committee. Follow up with these families during the fall of their student’s freshman year to provide support and guidance.

  • Serve as an ambassador to help strengthen relationships between parents and the University, and identify potential leadership donors and volunteers from your network.

  • Attend Committee events during Family Weekend (Oct. 16-18) and Parents Committee Spring Weekend (April 9-10) as your schedule allows.

  • Participate in other opportunities as you are able, such as hosting or attending regional events, mentoring students, offering internships at your company, or speaking on campus.

Committee members can expect:

  • Meaningful impact at the University through your philanthropy, engagement, and volunteerism.

  • Exclusive access to hear from top Duke faculty and administrators at events and Speaker Series calls.

  • Support from Parents Program staff and Class Co-Chairs, including training materials, regular updates, contact information, outreach emails and tips, and other resources as requested.

  • Mentorship connections for you and your student in the Committee’s private Mentorlink program.

  • Connections with fellow parents through outreach, regional events, and on-campus opportunities.

  • Staff assistance in navigating Duke and deeper engagement with specific interest areas for you or your student.

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