Donor Stories

Jeff and Laurie Ubben


$10M—activities in Duke’s new arts center

$2.5M—split between club sports program and Duke Athletics

$2.5M—alumni programming

Total: $15M

Jeff ’83 and Laurie Ubben ’84, P’15, P’19 know how to make a wide-ranging yet well-balanced gift. Their $15 million commitment enhances curricular and co-curricular priorities that make the undergraduate and alumni experiences at Duke rich, meaningful, and fun. Jeff, who played club football at Duke, and Laurie, the co-founder of a music school, designated $10 million to support activities in the new arts center. A $2.5 million portion of the gift is for Duke Alumni Association programming. The remaining $2.5 million is split between the Duke club sports program, which offers 37 different teams, and the athletics department and its 27 varsity teams.

“Laurie and I saw a unique opportunity to support areas at Duke that are important to us. We are excited about the new center as a permanent home for the wonderful arts programs at Duke. Club sports brought me together on a team with a different group of students—I really believe in the value of Athletics at Duke and the spirit it builds across the entire university. And of course, we love the alumni association and look forward to continuing to support their efforts to bring alumni closer to the university.”