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Staff members at The Duke Endowment have deep expertise in their fields. For members of the media seeking sources for news stories related to our work, or for questions about The Duke Endowment, please contact:

Charity Perkins
Director of Communications
The Duke Endowment
800 East Morehead Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

Fast Facts About The Duke Endowment

  • Private foundation founded in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James Buchanan Duke with an initial gift of $40 million
  • Additional $67 million given in 1925 upon Mr. Duke's death
  • Serves the people and communities of North Carolina and South Carolina
  • Supports programs benefiting higher education, health care, child services and rural church life
  • Has current assets of $3.9 billion
  • Since 1925, has awarded more than $4 billion in total grants

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Areas of Work

  • Prevention and early intervention for at-risk children

    To equip children and families with skills to ensure that children reach developmental milestones to lead successful lives.

  • Out-of-home care for youth

    To drive child welfare systems toward greater accountability for child well-being.

  • Quality and safety of health care

    Improving the quality and safety of health care delivery

  • Access to health care

    Improving health by increasing access to comprehensive care

  • Prevention

    Expanding programs to promote health and prevent disease

  • Academic excellence

    Enhancing academic excellence through program and campus development

  • Educational access and success

    Increasing educational access and supporting a learning environment that promotes achievement

  • Campus and community engagement

    Promoting a culture of service, collaboration and engagement among schools and communities

  • Rural church development

    Building the infrastructure and capacity of United Methodist churches to enhance ministry and mission

  • Clergy leadership

    Strengthening United Methodist churches by improving the quality and effectiveness of church leadership

  • Congregational outreach

    Engaging United Methodist congregations in programs that serve their communities

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