Nurturing Children

Nurturing Children

By expanding opportunities for vulnerable children in North Carolina and South Carolina, The Duke Endowment hopes to help them lead successful lives as they mature. We work through accredited organizations and other select nonprofit groups to help children, who are without the benefit of family support or are at risk of losing such support, reach developmental milestones and prepare for successful transitions to adulthood.

We support early intervention, collaborative approaches, and projects that help organizations serve children and their families more effectively. We focus on advancing evidence-based, nationally recognized practices that promote child well-being.

In this section, you’ll find information about specific efforts, both past and present, around key issues in Child and Family Well-Being.

Have questions about the Endowment’s new Zero to Eight emphasis? Find answers here.


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