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Giving Stories: What’s Your Inspiration?

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • My Giving Story: Judith L. Ruderman

    My Giving Story: Judith L. Ruderman

    In the early 1980s, life was good for Judith Ruderman Ph.D.'76, with two preteen children and her husband, Bob HS'74, a Duke orthopedic surgeon. Her Duke career was off to a promising start as a program developer in Duke's continuing education office.

  • My Giving Story: Ronald Marcello

    My Giving Story: Ronald Marcello

    Ronald Marcello A.M.’65, Ph.D.’69 knows the value of a good library. After retiring, he established an endowed library fund to help Duke acquire primary and secondary materials on American history.

  • My Giving Story: Chun Lam

    My Giving Story: Chun Lam

    Chun Lam B.S.E.’71, M.B.A.’74, Ph.D.’77, P’00, has spent a lifetime learning. Now he’s giving back to Duke with two gift annuities to provide scholarships for students at Pratt and Fuqua.

  • Our Giving Story: David and Karen Cutcliffe

    Our Giving Story: David and Karen Cutcliffe

    One of the ways to have an impact at Duke is by making a gift that will enable the university to thrive for generations to come. Head football coach of the Duke University Blue Devils, David Cutcliffe, and his wife, Karen, share the reasons why they chose to create an endowment for the Duke Catholic Center.