Duke Divinity School depends on the support and financial partnership of thousands of donors, churches, and foundations to make it possible for us to train the next generation of Christian leaders. Every gift you make supports our mission to provide spiritually disciplined and academically rigorous education in service and witness to the Triune God, preparing students to serve the church, the academy, and the world.
Gifts That Make a Difference
Giving to Duke Divinity School help make possible the education and formation of our students by:
- Providing need-based financial aid grants
- Funding formative field educational opportunities, giving our students real-world ministry experiences in the U.S. and overseas
- Offering resources to recruit and retain world-class faculty, supporting research and innovation
- Supporting the Divinity School’s centers and initiatives—including the Center for Reconciliation; Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts; and the Theology, Medicine, and Culture initiative—encouraging students and faculty to use their Christian faith to engage with crucial issues in the world.
Duke Forward Campaign
As part of a Duke-wide campaign, the Divinity School is raising $80,000,000 to support student financial aid, merit scholarships, faculty support, research, and the work of our centers and initiatives.
The Annual Fund
Every year, Duke Divinity School receives applications from some of the brightest and most faith-filled prospective students from across the country. Every year, we admit individuals who show great promise for ministry and scholarship. And every year, we hear a similar refrain: “I want to come to Duke Divinity School, but I don’t know how I can afford it.”
Here’s where you come into the story.
We want to be able to tell all admitted students that they can follow God’s call to a seminary education at Duke because the alumni and friends of Duke Divinity School have supported the Divinity Annual Fund. Your gift helps support students through financial aid, field education opportunities, and formational programs.
Use our online giving form to direct your gift to Duke Divinity School.
Gift Planning at Duke
Let the Office of Gift Planning at Duke University help you and your financial advisors develop a gift plan that meets your financial and philanthropic goals. A properly planned gift may help you reduce or eliminate capital gains and gift and estate taxes.
Give by Mail
The Duke University Office of Alumni & Development Records receives all gifts on behalf of the Divinity School. The check should be made payable to Duke Divinity School. Please write the area or designation of your gift in the memo section or include a letter. Then, mail your donation to: Alumni & Development Records, Duke University, Box 90581, Durham, NC 27708-0581. For a donation sent via an overnight mailing service, send to: Alumni & Development Records, Duke University, 700 W. Main St., Suite #110, Durham, NC 27701.
Give by Phone
In order to make your gift by phone, please call (919) 684-2338. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.
Give by Payroll Deduction
Divinity School and Duke University employees are eligible to make charitable contributions to Duke via payroll deduction. You may choose any amount of deduction over $5.00, and the gifts can be established for any duration of at least three pay periods. At any time, a payroll deduction can be changed or stopped by contacting Susan Hutchins in Alumni & Development Records at (919) 684-2338. To sign up, simply complete the payroll deduction form and return it to Alumni & Development Records at Box 90581, Durham, NC 27708-0581.
Give by Bank Draft
Through electronic bank draft, you can spread the cost of your support over the course of a year by authorizing your bank to transfer a monthly amount to Duke Divinity School. Please email Deborah Irby at Duke Gift Records to receive the form, which you can return with a voided check.
Although outright gifts provide vital resources for the university today, deferred gifts help insure Duke Divinity School's future. Giving through estate plans may be particularly suitable for individuals who would like to provide significant support for Duke Divinity School but need income from their assets during their lifetime. Please let us know if you have included Duke Divinity School in your long-term plans. You can complete a confidential Confirmation of Legacy Gift Form (pdf), or feel free to contact our staff with any questions you may have.
Give Mutual Funds or Stocks
You may make a gift of stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. Please download detailed instructions for making your gift of stock to Duke Divinity School. For specific questions, contact the Alumni & Development Records Office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at (919) 684-2338.
To see if your employer (or your spouse's employer) has a matching gift program, visit http://dukeforward.duke.edu/ways-to-give/matching-gifts. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift.
If you would like to donate personal property to Duke, please contact Alumni & Development Records at (919) 684-2338. Some gifts require appraisal or advance approval in order to be accepted. Examples of gifts of property include tickets to athletic events, rare books, art work, computer hardware and software, and laboratory equipment.
All gifts of real estate require prior approval by the university. A gift of real estate may be a principal residence or vacation home, farm, commercial building, subdivision lot, or unimproved land. The gift may be the entire property or a fractional interest in the property. Duke's Office of Gift Planning can walk you through the approval process. Learn more.
Please contact the Duke Divinity School Department of External Relations at (919) 660-3456 for help planning your gift.