An external view of the Sanford School of Public Policy with crape myrtles.
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Duke University

New $11M Gift to Duke to Invest in Public Policy as Primary Focus

An anonymous Duke alumni family has made an $11 million gift to Duke, $8.75 million of which will endow two public policy professorships and support the Sanford School of Public Policy.

The largest part of the gift, $4 million, will create the Grand Challenges of Public Policy Fellowship Fund, which will be used to support Sanford graduate students who have demonstrated a commitment to addressing the biggest problems that can be solved by public policy. Preference will be given to master of public policy students.   

“We are so grateful for this momentous gift, which will support our mission of empowering faculty and students to solve the world’s most pressing challenges,” said Duke President Vincent E. Price. “Throughout its 50-year history, the Sanford School of Public Policy has pursued knowledge and discovery to improve lives—and this gift will lay the foundation for an even more exceptional future to come.”