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Annual Fund Sets $615,000 Goal

As the cost of theological education rises, so does the goal for the Annual Fund.

“Making theological education more affordable is the ultimate goal of the Annual Fund,” says Betsy Poole, associate director of annual giving and alumni relations. “We want to help our graduates enter ministry with as few financial constraints as possible, free to serve Christ and the church wherever their call leads them. And we are grateful for every gift that helps meet this goal.

“A master of divinity (M.Div.) degree at the Divinity School requires at least three years of study at a yearly cost of approximately $37,000, including tuition and living expenses,” says Poole. “Every dollar given to the Annual Fund goes directly toward student financial aid. We want our students to graduate with less and less debt. Also, competitive financial aid is crucial in our ability to recruit strong students and shape our student body.”

A gift of $500 supports a mission trip, while $1,200 covers a student’s books for a year. Funding a year’s full-tuition scholarship requires a donation of $17,750.

“Whether you give $25, $25,000, or any amount in between, your gift will make a difference in the lives of our students, and the future of ministry,” Poole says. “We urge alumni and friends to give joyfully to support transforming ministry at Duke.” 

Online gifts in any amount may be made at

To learn more about the Annual Fund or about options for planned giving, contact Wes Brown, Jami Moss Wise, or Betsy Poole at the Divinity School by calling 919.660.3456.