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A Message from the National 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 become the Chairs for the 2018 and 2019 school years! 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 cannot believe our son will be starting his senior year and our daughter will be starting her sophomore year. Both have made friends for life!"

Tony and Mary Barra P'19, P'21

The Duke Parents Committee is made up of non-alumni parents who serve a one-year renewable term and are asked to:

  • Make a leadership gift that is commensurate with their philanthropic capacity and passion for Duke, with the minimum gift being at the Washington Duke Society Level.
  • Secure financial support from assigned parents (5-7 parent families) for the Duke Annual Fund by phone, letter, email, personal visits, or any combination of methods.
    • Report the results of contact to the Class Co-Chairs and the Parents Program staff. Training materials are provided, and volunteers can conduct these solicitations in the way that is most comfortable for them.
    • Volunteers also have the option of writing thank-you notes if they are not comfortable making solicitations.
    • Volunteers receive notification of any gifts received through daily alerts and monthly prospect updates.
  • Serve as ambassadors for Duke by helping to build relationships between Duke parents and the university.
  • Identify potential Parents Committee members by reviewing rosters of incoming undergraduate students.
  • Attend Committee events during Family Weekend as schedules allow. Please note dates and times for travel planning.
    • New Member Welcome Gathering Friday, October 20, 3:00-4:15 p.m., Kirby Horton Hall, Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Meet your Class Co-Chairs, hear from guest speaker Sue Wasiolek '76, M.H.A '78, L.L.M '93, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, and get some pointers and training for tackling your prospect list.
    • Parents Leadership Cocktail Reception Friday, October 20, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Nasher Museum of Art. This event is for the entire family.
    • Parents Committee Meeting, Saturday, October 21, 8:00-10:30 a.m., Washington Duke Inn. Parents Program update, remarks by President Vincent Price, and special presentation by General Martin Dempsey G'84, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Rubenstein Fellow, Duke University. In addition, there will be entertainment!
    • Family Weekend Pre-Game Event Saturday, October 21, time & location TBD.
  • Attend regional Duke parent events as schedules allow.

The Duke Parents Committee has 500+ members whose enthusiasm and commitment fuel the success of the Duke Parents Program. Members enjoy developing a connection with the university and with each other, and many parent volunteers choose to stay active on the committee even after their children graduate.

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Contact us at (919) 684-4419 or parentsprogram@duke.edu.

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