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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.

  • 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.

  • My Giving Story: Ron Temple

    My Giving Story: Ron Temple

    From his office in New York’s famed 30 Rock building, Ron Temple ’90 has an amazing view of the colorful living tapestry below. And thanks to a Duke education he calls “transformational,” Temple also has an elevated ability to see shades of gray in a world that seems increasingly polarized.

  • My Giving Story: Josh Jackson

    My Giving Story: Josh Jackson

    Listen to what Joshua Jackson ’06 has to say to someone on the fence about giving to Duke.

  • My Giving Story: Melinda Gates

    My Giving Story: Melinda Gates

    Connections with people—profound and often unexpected—have made all the difference in the world to Melinda Gates.

    They defined her time as a student at Duke and have shaped her path to becoming one of the world’s most influential philanthropists.

  • My Giving Story: Carol Ensinger

    My Giving Story: Carol Ensinger

    Through smarts and persistence, Carol Ensinger ’82, Ph.D.’88 made a career of breaking down gender bias. In her retirement, she is teaching others to break through their own barriers to success.