What is Seniors for Duke?

Donations to the Senior Gift support the Duke Annual Fund, which provides operating dollars to programs across the university. Annual Fund gifts help pay for financial aid grants, technology upgrades, faculty salaries, service-learning projects, research stipends, curricular enhancements, and much more.

Seniors are encouraged to make a gift $20.17 in honor of their graduation year. Start saving at the beginning of the year, and little by little you will have that $20.17.  Remember, all gifts are welcome and much appreciated - $5, $10, $15, or even higher!

Seniors who give $100 or more to the Duke Annual Fund are eligible for membership in the Student Leadership Society. Learn more about the Student Leadership Society.

How will the money be used?

You decide! You can designate your individual gift to any of Duke's 10 schools or to the Duke Chapel, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, the Marine Lab, the Nasher Museum of Art, or the University Libraries.

Does everyone give?

Last year, gifts from nearly 59,000 Annual Fund donors added up to just over $36 million in vital support for the university. These gifts came from alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends of Duke.

How do I make a gift?

You can give online or in person. It's fast and easy!

  • Online
        You can make your Senior Gift by credit card or by FLEX.
  • In person
        Make your gift at any Seniors for Duke sponsored event.

By mail

Want to write an actual check? If so, make it out to "Duke University," write "Seniors for Duke" or the school of your choice in the memo, and mail it to:

Alumni and Development Records
Duke University
Box 90581
Durham, NC 27708-0581

What is the deadline to give?

In order for your gift to count towards the Senior for Duke Gift total and the Class of 2018 participation rate, you must give by June 30, 2018.

How many seniors gave last year?

Class of 2005   69%*
Class of 2006   61%
Class of 2007   66%
Class of 2008   53%
Class of 2009   69%*
Class of 2010   55%
Class of 2011   48%
Class of 2012   40%
Class of 2013   46%
Class of 2014   39%
Class of 2015   32%
Class of 2016 32%
Class of 2017 40%