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Young Alumni Development Councils

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Young alumni leaders and Duke University president Vincent Price

Young Alumni Development Council members are passionate Duke ambassadors. With their leadership support to the Duke Annual Fund and their encouragement of other young alumni to actively engage with and support Duke, they are valued as Duke’s emerging alumni leaders.

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Benefits of Membership

  •  Access to a dynamic group of  young alumni in your area and nationally who also cherish and support Duke
  •  Exclusive invitations to intimate events with distinguished Duke alumni, faculty, and administrators
  •  Insider knowledge about Duke through first-look announcements and webinars offered exclusively to Duke's top volunteers and closest friends
  •  Personal contact with staff in the Annual Fund office to assist with all Duke matters
  •  Launching point for other leadership roles at Duke, such as Annual Fund Advisory Board, Alumni Association Board , and individual school and unit boards

Emily Modlin Knas T’10 and Kraig Knas T’10
"Neither of us would be where we are today without Duke. Duke opened doors for us - to new ways of thinking, parts of the world, friendships, career opportunities - and continues to do so to this day. We believe so much in the power of a Duke education, so that’s why we give back. Volunteering for the Annual Fund through YADC has also taught us just how much donations sustain Duke - its financial aid and student enrichment programs, its faculty and ground-breaking research, its libraries and grounds, to so much more."
--Emily Modlin Knas T’10 and Kraig Knas T’10
"Success leaves a pathway. As the son of immigrant parents, the value of a good education was instilled in me at a young age. However, attending public school in the inner city, the thought of attending Duke was only a dream – a dream that I never thought would come true. But that all changed, on May 1st, 2008. On this day, I received a call from Samuel Carpenter, Director of Admissions at Duke, informing me that I was being taken off the wait list and granted admission into Duke. As I hung up the phone and tears swelled in my eyes, I realized in that moment, that my life trajectory will be changed forever. Each of our life’s trajectory has been impacted by Duke; this is why I give back and encourage others to do so. By giving back, we help to create more pathways to success for future students."
--Kenny Osakwe T’12

Member Roles and Expectations

Development Council members are ambassadors and leaders for Duke through their time and financial support. They serve a renewable one-year term and are be asked to:

  • Make a personal leadership gift of at least $1,000 per year ($500 for alumni in years 1-4 or those in graduate/professional school)
  • Constantly seek opportunities to educate fellow young alumni about the impact that supporting the Duke Annual Fund has on current Duke students and the entire Duke community through personal conversations and/or partnership with Annual Fund staff on wider outreach
  • Help identify and recruit potential new members for YADC

A Little History

The Young Alumni Development Councils are one of the Annual Fund's most vibrant and long-standing volunteer networks. The councils were launched in 1999 during the Campaign for Duke as a way to cultivate the next generation of leadership volunteers and donors. The first Council began in New York City with eight members. Today, the Councils have nearly 400 members in eight major cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.


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