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Giving Stories: What’s Your Inspiration?

More Giving Stories

Read about the ideas and inspiration behind gifts from fellow Duke alumni and friends— and share yours with us.

  • Our Giving Story: Tom and Lesley Allin

    Our Giving Story: Tom and Lesley Allin

    In retirement, Tom ’71 and Lesley Allin P’03 returned to Durham, North Carolina, where they found a southern gem with great food, quality time with friends and family, and compelling Duke side projects. Of their many interests, they’ve actively become involved with funding a cutting-edge cancer researcher at the Duke Cancer Institute who is working quickly to save lives.

  • Our Giving Story: Gerald and Ginger Wilson

    Our Giving Story: Gerald and Ginger Wilson

    For generations, Gerald and Ginger Wilson have been mainstays of education in Durham. Along the way, they learned a lot about what students need to be successful. Now, with a boost from planned giving, the Wilsons are helping promising students afford the cost to attend Duke University.

  • My Giving Story: Tre’ Scott ’15

    My Giving Story: Tre’ Scott ’15

    When Tre' Scott ’15 left Duke as a wide-eyed graduate he knew what he wanted in a career. But in order to make it real, as easy as it sounds, Tre' needed to write it down.

  • My Giving Story: Mark Burgess

    My Giving Story: Mark Burgess

    Mark Burgess M.B.A.’85 lives a fast-paced life. His role as CEO of Diversey, a producer of cleaning and hygiene products, is the latest stop in a successful career notable for its rapid tempo.

  • My Giving Story: Mike Hunnicutt

    My Giving Story: Mike Hunnicutt

    Mike Hunnicutt and his colleagues remember Charlie Lochmüller as a chemistry professor who inspired great work and great friendship.

  • Our Giving Story: Jim and Gail Vander Weide

    Our Giving Story: Jim and Gail Vander Weide

    The Fuqua professorship Jim and Gail Vander Weide established is just part of their gratitude for a remarkable career at Duke and beyond.

  • One alum’s journey of 60,000 steps to raise money for Duke

    One alum’s journey of 60,000 steps to raise money for Duke

    When Robert Santangelo ’92 decided to raise money for Duke, he figured a journey of 60,000 steps was par for the course. The golf course, that is.

  • Gift establishes first endowed professorship for French and Francophone Studies

    Gift establishes first endowed professorship for French and Francophone Studies

    One after another, they shared how exploring French at Duke had transformed their lives, often broadening their perspectives in wonderful – and unexpected – ways. There were anecdotes about intense cultural immersion during a semester in Paris, debating Flaubert’s fiction through the lens of neuroscience, research on urban space, fashion and the body in modern French literature and culture.

  • My Giving Story: Caroline L. Lattimore

    My Giving Story: Caroline L. Lattimore

    Dean Emerita Caroline L. Lattimore Ph.D.'78 had a storied career fostering inclusivity for Duke University students of all backgrounds. After retirement, she used an IRA charitable rollover to establish an endowed fund supporting a fellowship at The Graduate School.

Many Faces. One Duke.

At Duke, the Annual Fund directly benefits our students and faculty. This season, join us by giving to support Duke's many faces.