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Young Alumni Development Councils

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Become a young alumni leader!

Young alumni leaders and Duke University president Vincent Price

Development Council members are passionate Duke ambassadors who encourage other young alumni to actively engage with and support Duke. They are seen as Duke’s emerging young alumni leaders with their leadership support to the Duke Annual Fund and by helping other young alumni understand how gifts to the Annual Fund have meaningful impact for current Duke students and for our entire Duke community. Duke YADC members are also often found in other Duke regional and reunion leadership roles.

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Benefits of Membership

  •  Access to a dynamic group of young and distinguished alumni and Duke supporters in your area and nationally
  •  Exclusive invitations to intimate events with distinguished Duke alumni, faculty, and administrators
  •  Learn 'insider' knowledge about Duke through periodic e-newsletters and webinars offered exclusively to Duke's top volunteers and closest friends
  •  Personal contact with development staff in the fund office to assist with Duke matters
  •  Launching point for other volunteer leadership roles at Duke such as Annual Fund Advisory Board, Alumni Association Board , individual school and unit boards, and other local leadership roles

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 leader for Duke through their time and financial support. They serve a renewable one-year term and will be asked to:

  • Make their own leadership gift (minimum $1,000 per year; $500 for alumni in years 1 - 4 or those in graduate/professional school) or pledge commitment early in the year
  • Be an actively engaged ambassador for Duke by attending YADC as well as other Duke regional events and by being a visibly strong Duke ambassador whenever appropriate opportunities are available.
  • Educate fellow alumni about the importance of supporting the Duke Annual Fund
  • Identify potential new members for your Council, and Councils nationally

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 more than 250 members in eight Councils found in: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.


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