The Way Forward
In 2014-15, generous gifts for need-based financial aid, professorships, campus facilities, global health, leadership education, research, and big data highlighted an extraordinary year. All of you have helped make it possible for Duke to bring together the best students, the best faculty, and the best resources. Because of your continued support, Duke will create innovative solutions to global, national, and local problems—all helping to move the world forward.
Overall Campaign Goal
Donors gave a record $478.3 million in cash.
Generous gifts support the university’s ability to provide an excellent education, fuel impactful research, and ultimately advance its mission of knowledge in the service of society.
Our inspiring donors give students and faculty the support they need to make a difference at Duke and around the world.
Progress by Purpose
The campaign raises endowed funds for long-term sustenance, essential expendable Annual Fund donations, and support for programs and research in new facilities.
- Overall Total
- Annual Fund
- Campus Transformation
- Programmatic & Research Funds
Progress by Area
All Duke schools and units are part of Duke Forward. Donor gifts make teaching and research possible across every part of the university.
Duke Forward On the Road
Duke Forward’s series of campaign outreach events visited four major cities this year and shared insights from Duke’s most innovative and inspiring faculty and students.
During her talk at Duke Forward On The Road in Boston, a touching and personal story from Kimberly Blackwell ’89, one of the nation’s top breast cancer researchers, revealed her drive to defeat the disease.
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San Francisco (April)
Almost 500 Duke alumni, parents, and friends came to Duke Forward On The Road in San Francisco to connect with fellow alums and to hear Duke visionaries discuss the impact of their work. Susan Lozier, a Nicholas School professor of ocean sciences, explored the critical connection between the circulation of ocean waters and climate change.
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Aim to raise an additional $107 million in scholarships and fellowships. Financial aid is a Duke Forward priority. Watch this short video of Sarah Rimawi ’16 explaining how a generous donor made her Duke education possible.
Raise funds for an additional 28 endowed faculty chairs. Faculty support is a campaign priority. Recruiting and retaining the best faculty enables the university to lead in teaching and research.
Seek endowed gifts of student, faculty, and program support for Bass Connections, its signature collaborative, interdisciplinary research program. Every $2 given is matched with $1 from the Bass Challenge. $9.8 million in matching funds remain to be claimed by donors.
Strive to continue the incredible success of Further Forward, the project to book 1,200 planned gifts during the campaign, which is on track to exceed its goal in 2016. This effort has been a mainstay of campaign giving.
Involve more people in yearly giving to the Annual Fund. These gifts provide the critical flexible support needed by every Duke school and unit, including operating funds and financial aid.
Solicit gifts for the Duke Global Health Institute that will be matched 1:1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates’ $20 million gift will help leverage a total of $30 million for programs and partnerships improving human health worldwide.