How to Donate

There are many ways to give to Duke. However you give—as a former patient, family member or friend, alumnus, or corporate or foundation partner—your gift has a profound impact on today’s care and tomorrow’s cures.

Outright Gifts

Credit Card

Make a gift on Duke’s secure giving website


Mail your gift to the Office of Alumni and Development Records, where all charitable contributions to Duke University and the Duke University Health System are processed. Download a pledge card to include with your gift. Please make all checks payable to Duke University. You can use these mailing addresses:

U.S. Mail

Alumni and Development Records
Duke University
Box 90581
Durham, NC 27708-0581
Phone: 919.684.2338
Fax: 919.684.8527

Express Mail

Duke Health Development and Alumni Affairs
300 W. Morgan Street Ste #1000
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919.385.3100

My Giving to Duke

Explore information about your giving to Duke through a secure, one-stop, self-service destination for your gifts and commitments to Duke Health and Duke University.

  • Review your 5-year giving history
  • Obtain receipts for specific gifts
  • Print calendar-year summaries
  • Update your contact information

Visit My Giving to Duke


Other Ways To Donate

Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds

Notify us of your plan to donate securities to Duke.

Matching Gifts

Find out if a particular organization will match your gift.

Payroll Deduction

Duke employees can make charitable contributions to the university and health system by payroll deduction through Duke@WORK under MyPay.

Gifts from UK Taxpayers

If you are a UK taxpayer—even if you also pay taxes in the US—you may be able to significantly increase the value of your gift. Find out how the Duke UK Trust Limited can make your donation worth more

Information for European Donors to Duke 

Through Transnational Giving Europe (TGE), donors in participating countries can direct gifts to Duke University through Duke’s UK-registered charity, Duke U.K. Trust Limited (Duke UK Trust). 

Foreign Currency

Duke University greatly appreciates cash donations in any form, including foreign currency, US dollars drawn on foreign banks, or foreign "dollars." Duke gives gift credit in US dollars for the value of the donation based on current exchange rates as of the day of receipt. Please consult your financial institution for information on current US exchange rates.

It is important to know that Duke incurs what can amount to substantial bank fees to process foreign currency gifts and checks drawn on foreign banks. Unfortunately, there are times when the fees associated with these types of gift outweigh the gifts themselves. For this reason, Duke is only able to accept foreign checks of $100 or more

Personal Property

If you would like to donate personal property to Duke, please contact Alumni and 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

Real Estate

All gifts of real estate require prior approval by the university. A gift of real estate may be a principal residence or vacation home, a farm, a commercial building, a 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.

Electronic Transfers

The use of wire transfers has fallen out of favor as the fees incurred by donors have become quite substantial. An electric transfer through the Automated Clearing House Network (or "ACH") is often a more practical option. Please notify Alumni and Development Records at 919. 684.2338 after you have scheduled an electronic transfer. If you are trying to meet a deadline, you might also consider charging your gift to a credit card or mailing a payment through an express carrier. Note that IRS regulations stipulate that contributions sent by private carriers must be dated based on Duke's date of receipt, whereas gifts sent through the US Postal Service can be dated based on the postmark date

Deferred or Planned Gifts

Your gift to Duke can also be a useful financial planning tool

Life Income Gift

A life income gift, such as a charitable gift annuity or a charitable remainder unitrust, can provide you and/or your loved ones with an income for the duration of your lives or for a specific number of years. You receive a current income tax deduction as well

Charitable Lead Trust

These trusts can be used to transfer assets to a loved one with a significantly reduced tax liability

Bequests and Other Testamentary Gifts

The most common form of deferred gift to Duke is a bequest contained in a person's will or revocable (living) trust

Gifts of Retirement Plans

Naming Duke as a primary or contingent beneficiary of a retirement plan (e.g. IRA, SEP, 401(k), 403(b), ESOP, etc.) may enable you to make a larger gift than you anticipated because income and estate taxes are not imposed when plan assets are distributed to Duke. Your retirement account's plan administrator (the company that manages the account) can help you designate Duke University as a primary or contingent beneficiary on the plan's beneficiary form.

Retained Life Estate in Property

You can generate a current income tax deduction by giving a home or farm to Duke, while retaining the right to use the property during your lifetime. The property will also be removed from your taxable estate. Contact Duke's Office of Gift Planning to discuss this gift opportunity in more detail.

Your Donations Make a Difference

Care, heal, teach, discover—that’s what your gifts empower Duke Health to do. Your generosity keeps us vigilant and innovative, able to take on urgent challenges and promising opportunities.