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Gifts

Duke Divinity School is grateful for recent gifts and financial support from friends, alumni, and foundations.

Recent gift commitments from generous supporters of the Divinity School include a $1.5 million bequest intention from Sandra Rainwater-Brott (T’75) of Rockville, Md., which will fund the Rainwater Family Scholarship in memory of her parents, Zillah Merritt Rainwater (WC’43) and Roland W. Rainwater (D’43); $850,000 from Bill (E’62) and Renie (WC’62) McCutchen of Westport, Conn., through the Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation for staff support for the Center for Reconciliation; $250,000 from Morris (T’62, G’63) and Ruth (WC’63) Williams of Gladwyne, Pa., for the Williams Challenge matching new scholarship gifts from Divinity graduates and their families at a 1:3 ratio; a $100,000 bequest intention from Ed (T’58) and Kathie (WC’61) Gauld of Los Angeles, Calif., for the Gauld Family Scholarship; $75,000 for the Christian Witness in the City program from Roy and Laura Nichol of Houston, Texas; $25,000 for the Dean’s Initiative Fund and $22,500 for Divinity Field Education from Gaston (D’99) and Laceye (D’95) Warner of Durham, N.C.; $25,000 as a Charitable Gift Annuity for Scholarships from Keith (T’51, D’54) and Frances Glover of Raleigh, N.C.; and $10,000 from Stephen and Ruth Gunter of Durham, N.C., for a new Oklahoma Scholarship. Also, the Divinity Annual Fund has received $12,500 from Jeffrey and Leann Black of New York, N.Y., and $10,000 from the Soderquist Family Foundation of Rogers, Ark. 

The Divinity Annual Fund achieved a record total of $692,383 this year with 1,658 participants. These funds were dedicated entirely to financial aid for Divinity School students.

Foundation support for the Divinity School continues to come from many sources. The Duke Endowment, based in Charlotte, N.C., has announced an additional commitment of $5.7 million for the next phase of the Clergy Health Initiative; the Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church has committed $300,000 for the Christian Witness in the City program in Houston; the Issachar Fund of Grand Rapids, Mich., has provided $109,360 for exploring new interdisciplinary programs; a grant of $37,860 from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina is supporting the Baptist House of Studies; the McDonald-Agape Foundation of Birmingham, Mich., is giving $21,000 for the Revelation Conference; and $10,000 has been given by the Magee Christian Education Foundation of Lebanon, Ohio, for Scholarships.

See complete details and current progress in the Duke Forward campaign.