Donor Stories

Danny and Nancy Katz

When their daughter Liza graduated from Duke last spring, Danny ’80 and Nancy Katz P’15 saw an opportunity. Liza’s experience showed them that there was room to enhance leadership training for women at the university, so they committed $750,000 in operating funds for the Kenan Institute for Ethics and to endow the Katz Family Women, Ethics, and Leadership Fund for a new program at the institute. (A portion of their gift also supported Duke Gardens and Athletics.)

The Katz family’s new fund leverages the existing structure of the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics to bring in prominent female leaders for talks and residencies. This places undergraduate women in close contact with role models and creates professional school programming for undergrads.

“The goal of this program is to enable Duke students to gain further awareness and understanding of what is required to rise above traditional stereotypes. Kenan attracted our attention and enthusiasm because it is integrally involved with topics that are not covered in typical coursework. The result of this moral emphasis allows students to be more compassionate and understanding, which in our opinion is a very worthy cause.”