We Depend on Your Support
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.

"I applied to Duke Divinity School and was surprised when I received word of my acceptance. Still, being accepted was just the first hurdle. The financial aid I received was literally an answer to prayer, a sign that I was heading in the right direction and a reminder that where God leads, God provides. I am grateful for those who have given of themselves—those who are, by their gifts and resources, helping to send me out into this work."

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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.

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.


Ways to Give

Please contact the Duke Divinity School Department of External Relations at (919) 660-3456 for help planning your gift.

Use our online giving form to direct your gift to Duke Divinity School.

Let the Duke Divinity School Office of External Relations 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. When you include Duke Divinity School in your estate plan, your generosity supports students through financial aid, field education opportunities, and formational programs. Find more information on gift planning.

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:

Duke University Cashiering - ADR
Smith Warehouse Bay 8, Room B-103
114 South Buchanan Boulevard
Durham, NC 27701

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.

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. You may add, delete, or modify a payroll deduction by logging on to Duke@WORK under MyPay. View complete instructions on managing your deductions (pdf).

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 call Alumni & Development Records for instructions at (919) 684-2338.

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 stockgifts@duke.edu or via telephone at (919) 684-2338.

To see if your employer (or your spouse's employer) has a matching gift program, visit https://giving.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