Duke President Vincent E. Price with Young Alumni Development Council members
Duke President Vincent E. Price with Young Alumni Development Council members

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.

Recent Events

  • Life at Duke Right Now with Gary Bennett, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
  • Special Invitation to Undergraduate Admissions Discussion with Christoph Guttentag
  • Captivating Conversations: A Duke Master Class with JJ Ramberg ’92
  • Special Invitation to A Giving Tuesday Conversation with Valerie Ashby, Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, and Ravi Bellamkonda, Vinik Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering
  • Young Alumni Development Council and Young Alumni for Duke Joint Holiday Mixer Trivia Night

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

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 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) to the Annual Fund.
  • 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.


Contact Grace West, Director of Next Generation Philanthropy, at grace.west@duke.edu or 919-681-0433