The Duke Endowment enriches lives and strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina.
We support grantees as they nurture children, promote health, educate minds and uplift spirits
Child & Family Well-Being
All children deserve to grow up safe from maltreatment, supported by nurturing families and caring adults. The Duke Endowment is dedicated to enabling children in the Carolinas to live successful lives.
The Duke Endowment believes that maintaining good health over time is dependent on a person’s ability to lead a healthy lifestyle and access essential health care services.
The Duke Endowment supports the four institutions named in Mr. Duke’s Indenture of Trust: Davidson College, Duke University, Furman University and Johnson C. Smith University.
We faced a host of challenges in 2021. Even as vaccinations spread and hospitalization rates fell, the impact of COVID-19 remained devastating. Amid all the struggles, however, we at The Duke Endowment have been inspired by the will and determination countless individuals have shown to keep their families safe, their communities healthy and their organizations together.
Our Commitment to Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
We are systematically reviewing our grantmaking and organizational culture through the lens of racial equity, diversity and inclusion to better understand and fight the damaging effects of historic inequities and systemic bias across our work.
Our Strategic Focus on Ages Zero to Eight
We believe that a good beginning for children bodes well for their lives as adults and for their communities. The Endowment seeks strong starts for more children.
Latest News & Stories
Get the latest from the Endowment and read more about the impact of the work being done by our grantees and individuals in the field
Kinship Care: A Vital Part of the Child Welfare Safety Net
Some 84,000 children in North Carolina and 74,000 in South Carolina live with kin caregivers. These children often enjoy better outcomes than those placed in non-familial settings, but kin caregivers often receive less support from the child welfare system than foster families.
September 8, 2022 | Phillip H. Redmond Jr., Tamika D. Williams
NC Medical Journal Shows How NC Hopes to Beat the Downward Trend in Life Expectancy
As the United States faces a historic drop in life expectancy, the September/October issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal features recommendations for improving longevity and well-being for all North Carolinians—and all Americans—regardless of race, gender, class, or geography.
September 5, 2022 | NCIOM.org