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In late September 2012 Duke University formally launched a $3.25 billion fundraising campaign following two years of preparation and the gathering of leadership gifts. This campaign, Duke/Forward, will help us partner together for the future of the Divinity School. The Divinity School is seeking at least $80 million for scholarships, professorships, and broad program support (including the Clergy Health Initiative) during the campaign which will continue into 2017. Complete details and current progress may be seen for both the University and the Divinity School at

Recent gift commitments from generous graduates and friends of the Divinity School include $150,000 from James L. Matheson T’51, D’54 of Wardensville, W.Va., to be added to the James L. Matheson Scholarship; $125,000 from Barnes and Cammie Robinson (T’78) Hauptfuhrer of Charlotte, N.C., to establish the Hauptfuhrer Family Scholarship; $116,000 from the estate of Estelle L. Delo to establish the James and Estelle Leonard Scholarship; $100,000 from Calvin and Janet Hill of Great Falls, Va., to be added to the Calvin Hill Scholarship; $58,000 from the estate of James L. McClung D’72 to be added to the Aldersgate Endowed Scholarship Fund; $50,000 from Ron (D’12) and Kasey (D’12) Beaton of Appleton City, Mo., and $50,000 from Douglas (G’63) and Barbara Lawson of Dallas, Texas, both gifts intended to generate scholarship support; $50,000 from Paul (T’98) and Courtney (T’99) Amos of Columbus, Ga., for the Center for Reconciliation; $49,000 from Vann and Ann York of High Point, N.C., for the York Family Scholarship; $25,000 from Morris (T’62, G’63) and Ruth (WC’63) Williams of Gladwyne, Pa., for the Tech4Church Program in the Divinity School Library; $25,000 from Greg (D’85, G’88) and Susan Pendleton (D’83) Jones of Chapel Hill, N.C., for Friendship House; $12,600 from Patricia Garland/Estes Express Lines for field education programs in Southside, Va.; $10,000 from Elwood Shaulis of Whispering Pines, N.C., for the Freida Bennett Shaulis Scholarship Fund; $10,000 from Bill (D’58) and Mary Quick of Detroit, Mich., for the William Kellon Quick Scholarship; $10,000 from Will and Patsy Willimon of Durham, N.C., for the Patricia Parker and William H. Willimon Scholarship; and $10,000 from John and Bobbi Augustine of Minneapolis, Minn., for Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts.

Many of these individuals and hundreds of others have contributed to the Divinity School Annual Fund that is part of the Duke/Forward Campaign. As of March 1, $462,403 has been contributed during the fiscal year, and a new record level for dollars and participation is encouraged by June 30, 2013. Our goal is $660,000.

Foundation support for the Divinity School continues to be strong. In addition to grants from The Duke Endowment, Charlotte, N.C., for Field Education, the Clergy Health Initiative, and Thriving Rural Communities, the Henry Luce Foundation, New York, N.Y., is providing $150,000 for programs of the Center for Reconciliation. A grant of $110,000 received through the Houston Jewish Community Foundation, Houston, Texas, will provide ongoing support for the Wise Women project in South Sudan. The Cal Turner Family Foundation in Nashville, Tenn., has committed $50,000 toward a new scholarship endowment to be announced soon. The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation is giving $20,000 for Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts. The Lucille and Edward Giles Foundation in Charlotte, N.C., has given $20,000 for the D.Min. Scholarship Fund; and a gift of $10,000 from the C. M. Herndon Foundation of Durham, N.C., has been added to the Clair M. and Mary D. Herndon Memorial Scholarship.