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The Annual Fund gives flexible funds to deans across Duke’s 10 schools that set students on a path toward invention and innovation. Gifts support need-based financial aid, world-class teaching, hands-on learning and the tenfold inspiration that motivates students to do and be greater every day.

What “together” can do

In the last year, more than 52,000 members of the Duke community added more than $44 million in flexible support—setting a new record. Read more about the amazing ways your contributions have been working for Duke students.

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Duke Divinity Welcomes Largest Incoming Class

This fall semester, Duke Divinity School welcomed the largest incoming class in the school’s history, with 257 students from seven countries and 35 different states. Students hailed from China,…

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Duke Divinity Welcomes Largest Incoming Class
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Duke Divinity Announces Three New Faculty Will Join the School

Duke Divinity School has announced the hiring of three new faculty members, each of whom adds to the strengths and gifts of one of the world’s most outstanding divinity faculties. 

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Duke Divinity Announces Three New Faculty Will Join the School
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Duke Divinity School Announces Hybrid M.Div. Degree

Duke Divinity School has announced a new hybrid version of its flagship Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program that will give students the opportunity to earn the M.Div. degree without relocating to…

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Duke Divinity School Announces Hybrid M.Div. Degree
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Doubling the Dollars for Cutting-Edge Research

The Mars $750,000 Challenge Match, issued last winter by Board of Visitors member Michael Mars, provides dollar-for-dollar matching funds, up to $750,000, for all new gifts and pledges made to the…

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Doubling the Dollars for Cutting-Edge Research
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MMS Graduates Establish New Scholarship

In a gesture of significant impact, Lilian Yang and Cosmin Panait have established the Cosmin Panait and Lilian Yang MMS Scholarship. Aiming to support international students in particular, the…

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MMS Graduates Establish New Scholarship
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Undergraduate Thesis Projects Show Just How Versatile the Study of Statistics Can Be
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Undergraduate Thesis Projects Show Just How Versatile the Study of Statistics Can Be
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Pilot Program Will Train DGSAs to Support Graduate Student Wellness

A Duke pilot program will provide opportunities for director of graduate studies assistants (DGSAs) to pursue training and certification as health and wellness coaches to support graduate students…

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Pilot Program Will Train DGSAs to Support Graduate Student Wellness
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Your Impact on Reunions 2021

Thank you so much for your support and generosity leading up to your Reunions this year! Each class did so much to help Duke continue supporting the programs, faculty, and students we love.

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Your Impact on Reunions 2021
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Duke Divinity Announces Asian House of Studies

Duke Divinity School has launched the Asian House of Studies, a formational community that will support Asian…

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Duke Divinity Announces Asian House of Studies
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Our Giving Story: Mary Lynn and John Wigodsky

For Mary Lynn Wigodsky B.S.N.’71, P’00 and John Wigodsky ’71, P’00, giving to Duke comes naturally. Over the years, their level of engagement has only grown, by…

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Our Giving Story: Mary Lynn and John Wigodsky
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One Day in the Life of Duke Students

We couldn’t be more excited to show you the lives of students as they navigate their Duke experience in 2020, with all its ups and downs, and triumphs and challenges.

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One Day in the Life of Duke Students
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Navigating Freedom

From an early age, as he grew up in Los Angeles in a blue-collar, immigrant family, Arturo Nava’s parents drilled into him that the ultimate achievement to strive for was education. …

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Navigating Freedom
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Alexander Digs into French Cemetery Data to Explore Life, Death, and Ephemeral Rest

For art historians, cemeteries serve as one of the most important ways to not only study the art of a period, but also learn more about the culture, the people, and the customs of a time. The…

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Alexander Digs into French Cemetery Data to Explore Life, Death, and Ephemeral Rest
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From Dolphins to Dementia, Summer Internships Enhance Doctoral Education

Eight Duke University Ph.D. students have received Graduate Student…

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From Dolphins to Dementia, Summer Internships Enhance Doctoral Education
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Fuqua Announces Creation Of The Darryl T. Banks HBCU Scholarship

As part of Fuqua’s commitment to address issues of racial inequity, Dean Bill Boulding announces the formation of The Darryl T. Banks HBCU Scholarship. This merit-based award will support Fuqua…

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Fuqua Announces Creation Of The Darryl T. Banks HBCU Scholarship
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Nicholas Scholars Program Opens Doors for Aspiring Environmental Leaders

Funded by five endowments and the Nicholas School’s Annual Fund, the program awards scholarships covering up to two-thirds of tuition to as many as 15 of the most highly qualified MEM or Master of…

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Nicholas Scholars Program Opens Doors for Aspiring Environmental Leaders
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Duke establishes 10 Summer Fellowships for Research on Racism, Systemic Inequalities

As part of Duke’s anti-racism efforts, the Office of the Provost and The Graduate School are funding 10…

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Duke establishes 10 Summer Fellowships for Research on Racism, Systemic Inequalities
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The Right Experience

A move back to Durham meant Dennis Ph.D.’78 and Jane Gilmore Ph.D.’80, P’14 could share their expertise and offer their help to Duke in many ways.

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The Right Experience
A. James Clark Scholars host a STEM Leadership Camp for over twenty Durham middle-school students in spring 2019.
All the way up

Gifts to the Engineering Annual Fund give already exceptional students like Philip Liu the opportunities they need to rise to their…

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All the way up
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Partners in Education, Philanthropy, and Life

Katrinka and Tom McCallum were one of the first married couples to enroll at Fuqua in the same Fuqua class and program. The McCallums’ long history with Fuqua extends to many facets of the school…

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Partners in Education, Philanthropy, and Life
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Sustaining Fuqua's Diversity

Natasha Collins M.B.A.’96 has no doubt that her success today is because of the challenges she navigated and overcame during her Fuqua education. Now Senior Vice President, Market Planning and…

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Sustaining Fuqua's Diversity
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Many Faces, One Duke: Claire – Duke Divinity School

Because of your support of the Divinity School Annual Fund, amazing students like Claire Holland are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Claire – Duke Divinity School
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Many Faces, One Duke: Sinja – The Graduate School

Because of your support of the Graduate School Annual Fund, amazing students like Sinja Küppers are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Sinja – The Graduate School
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Renewing Christian Imagination for a Transformed World

With the support of a $12 million grant from The Duke Endowment, Duke Divinity has…

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Renewing Christian Imagination for a Transformed World
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Many Faces, One Duke: Quentin – Nicholas School of the Environment

Because of your support of the Nicholas School of the Environment Annual Fund, amazing students like Quentin Cui are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Quentin – Nicholas School of the Environment
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Many Faces, One Duke: Oliver – School of Nursing

Because of your support of the School of Nursing Annual Fund, amazing students like Oliver Fajardo are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Oliver – School of Nursing
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In a Year Eclipsed by COVID-19, Hearts and Hands Open

When the last day of classes concluded for the fall semester,…

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In a Year Eclipsed by COVID-19, Hearts and Hands Open
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Many Faces, One Duke: Cassie – Pratt School of Engineering

Because of your support of the Pratt Annual Fund, amazing students like Cassie Shriver are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Cassie – Pratt School of Engineering
Kevin Cheng with his band Kirins performing as part of Duke’s 2020 Lunar New Year Showcase. February 7, 2020.
The Bright Sounds of Being Together

In a life where everything has come to a halt and a pandemic goes on, it’s hard to find the silver linings. Sometimes it’s only after sifting through the recent past that we realize that even this…

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The Bright Sounds of Being Together
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Investing in the Fuqua Brand

Hari Garhwal M.B.A.’12 hopes his philanthropy, combined with the gifts of other alumni, will ensure Fuqua’s base of support continues to grow for years to come. Co-founder at Garhwal, Chan &…

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Investing in the Fuqua Brand
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Many Faces, One Duke: Garrett – Duke Law

Because of your support of the Law School Annual Fund, amazing students like Garrett Perconti are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Garrett – Duke Law
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Many Faces, One Duke: Alysha – The Fuqua School of Business

Because of your support of the Fuqua School of Business Annual Fund, amazing students like Alysha McFall are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Alysha – The Fuqua School of Business
Sarah Lipuma is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Nicholas School of the Environment.
Rising Tides: Meet Orrin Pilkey Fellow Sarah Lipuma

Everyone from the Jersey Shore remembers the storm. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy barreled through the Mid-Atlantic region with conditions ripe for destruction.

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Rising Tides: Meet Orrin Pilkey Fellow Sarah Lipuma
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Garden Rounds: With Sonali Biswas ’18

The School of Medicine Annual Fund makes many of Duke’s most transformative experiences possible for those training to be future leaders…

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Garden Rounds: With Sonali Biswas ’18
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Many Faces, One Duke: Alexis – Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Because of your support of the Trinity College Annual Fund, amazing students like Alexis Zachem are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Alexis – Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
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Building Experiences That Matter

Experiences matter. They inform who we are and how we view the world. And they tell a story of how we interact with and relate to one another.

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Building Experiences That Matter
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Many Faces, One Duke: Francisco – Sanford School of Public Policy

Because of your support of the Sanford School of Public Policy Annual Fund, amazing students like Francisco Jeria are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Francisco – Sanford School of Public Policy
Mahsa Taskindoust, a School of Medicine student
Many Faces, One Duke: Mahsa – School of Medicine

Because of your support of the School of Medicine Annual Fund, amazing students like Mahsa Taskindoust ’15 are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Mahsa – School of Medicine
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Experiential Learning for Young Engineers Starts With Design

Together, with the power of the Engineering Annual Fund, a large number of donors have aggregated their gifts to create monumental impact for new undergraduates.

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Experiential Learning for Young Engineers Starts With Design
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Flexible support helps DIBS advance brain research

Michele Cascardi ’88, P’20, P’22, a new member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences External Advisory Board, understands that unrestricted support is especially important because it allows the…

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Flexible support helps DIBS advance brain research
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Beloved chemistry mentor’s influence lives on

Chemistry is a creative discipline between biology and physics. For many students aiming to become scientists, it’s an exciting field.

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Beloved chemistry mentor’s influence lives on
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New Endowment to Support Thomas Gerard Catena Lectureship

Lecture series will feature prestigious speakers at the intersection of theology, medicine, and culture.

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New Endowment to Support Thomas Gerard Catena Lectureship
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Making ministerial aspirations real

When it comes to making a difference in young peoples’ lives, it’s often hard to predict where a mentor can have the most impact.

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Making ministerial aspirations real
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Go team! On research and innovation 

Bold innovation requires imagination, patience – and most importantly, teamwork.

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Go team! On research and innovation 
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'I Can Do This' — Duke’s First-Year Design Course Boosts Student Self-Efficacy

Student surveys also show improved teamwork, communication and leadership skills.

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'I Can Do This' — Duke’s First-Year Design Course Boosts Student Self-Efficacy

This fiscal year, more than 51,700 alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends gave to Duke’s 16 Annual Fund designations.