Profiles of Service

Profiles of Service

In business, philanthropy and life, James B. Duke surrounded himself with smart, hard-working men and women, committed to success and impact. He believed that through partnership with these individuals, bigger and better things were possible. Today, Profiles of Service spotlight a few of the “behind- the-scenes” workers from grantee organizations, past and present, who share Mr. Duke’s commitment to making a difference. The Duke Endowment honors these exceptional nonprofit staff and volunteers who represent the human face of community efforts and who dedicate their time, talents and hearts to making those efforts successful.


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