Sanford's myriad engagement included alumni connections and policy engagement. We sincerely thank all who engage with us!
Research & Expertise | Professional Programs | Undergraduate Experience | Engagement
9500 Sanford Alumni
More than 180,000 Duke Alumni
Alumni volunteer, service, and participation
37 events that reached 3,600 alumni
Sanford is proud to offer timely and relevant programming in partnership with Duke Alumni, Duke Federal Relations, the School of Nursing, and the Parents’ Committee, to name a few.
While we hosted numerous alumni events throughout the year, it was a delight to return to hosting in-person alumni programming.
DC Alumni Event
In spring 2022 Sanford hosted a rooftop reception for DC alumni featuring Professor Deondra Rose.
Celebrating a stalwart of the Sanford Community
We hosted an alumni gathering in the Triangle to fête a stalwart of the Sanford Community, Director of Career Services Donna Dyer on the occasion of her retirement from Duke.
MPP and MIDP Send off
We held and event on campus for our MPP and MIDP graduates to send them off in style.
Service to Sanford and Duke
We want to say thank you to our Sanford Alumni who make such a big impact on our community. Sanford alumni dynamically serve both Sanford and Duke in a variety of engaging ways.
330 Active Volunteers
Our alumni speak in classes, meet with student groups, and provide career advice, mentoring, and networking opportunities. We are grateful to our Sanford alumni for their service to Sanford and Duke as leadership volunteers on boards across the University and the Healthy System. With over 330 active volunteers contributing to our outrageous ambition.
32 Active Members on Boards
In addition to Sanford alumni serving on the Sanford BOV and MPP Alumni Advisory Board, 32 Sanford grads serve on 11 boards across Duke including the Duke University Board of Trustees and the Duke University Health System Board of Directors. Our policy alumni proudly serve Duke in a variety of ways.
Board of Visitors and MPP Advisory Board
Our Alumni Board of Visitors and MPP Advisory Board support Sanford and our global alumni community in critical roles that contribute to our programs' growth, leadership, and future. They join us as regional leaders working with other alumni and assisting with various student needs. They share their expertise as career panelists, help hire student interns, host regional events, and serve as fundraising ambassadors.
Volunteer work at Sanford
Sanford alumni serve in various ways through volunteer opportunities, helping make a difference in student lives and our broader community. Whether it's through alumni engagement, student engagement, or academic engagement, our alumni volunteer help drive Sanford's mission.
- Sanford's Master's Mentoring Program.
- Sanford Board Leadership Initiative.
- MPP student mentors and advisors.
- Assisting our career services team.
- Admissions ambassadors and applications readers.
- MPP Diversity recruiters.
- And much more.
The Sanford School Annual Fund
Thanks to your generosity and support we were able to raise $1,551,230.29!
To the 1,615 alumni, friends, and donors, we appreciate your generous support for the Sanford School Annual Fund.
The celebration of 50 years of public policy at Duke provided a call to action for alumni and friends to invest in Sanford’s strategic priorities including endowed professorships and graduate fellowships, putting in place the vital groundwork for Sanford at 100!
$15 Million in New Commitments
At the close of the 2022 fiscal year, we had secured nearly $15 million in new commitments, including $8.75 million from an anonymous donor, and we had successfully completed fundraising for the Sanford Faculty Challenge ($2.75M) and the Graduate Financial Aid Challenge ($2M) established as part of the $10 million grant From the Duke Endowment received in November 2020.
Sanford and You The Perfect Pair
In February 2022, over 80 alumni and students made a gift of support to the Sanford Annual Fund via our second winter campaign. The theme for 2022, Sanford and You The Perfect Pair, treated our donors to a fun pair of Sanford socks, an exclusive for the campaign!
Support for Faculty, Financial Aid, and Programs
Financial Aid Support
We secured new commitments totaling $5.125 million to establish 9 endowed graduate fellowships.
We secured new commitments totaling $6.750 million to establish four endowed professorships including, a full professorship in national security, two assistant or associate professorships honoring retired Sanford faculty members, Bruce Payne and Tony Brown and his wife Teddie, and a professorship of the practice.
We secured new commitments totaling $1.3 million. $800,000 to establish a dean’s innovation fund honoring Tony Brown, and $500,000 to support faculty research and recruitment.
Faces@50 Alumni Stories
We are proud of the varied paths our alumni pursue after graduating.
Sanford faculty produced research findings that contributed to evidence-driven policy, authored policy briefs, testified before Congress, convened policymakers around important issues, worked with community partners, provided expertise and resources to government officials. Here are a few of the many examples in 2022 of policy engagement.