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The Sanford Annual Fund, which raised $1,551,230 last year, provides resources to move Sanford forward. 

Gifts enable us to respond quickly to emerging needs and opportunities within the school.  We can award scholarships and fellowships, attract and maintain an outstanding faculty and enrich our academic and service-learning programming.

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At Sanford, one of the most important lessons students earn is how to demonstrate leadership in all areas of their lives, both personal and professional. Leadership through philanthropy is a natural extension of this lesson.

Leadership support by alumni and friends of the school is a public affirmation of confidence in the school and raises our reputation in the marketplace. Your participation as a leader strengthens our momentum and encourages fellow alumni to step up and support the school.

Gifts of all sizes are important and appreciated. leadership gifts can help us reach our goals more quickly and better prepare us for the future.

In 2021-22, 21% of Annual Fund gifts benefiting Sanford were at the leadership level ($1,000+), accounting for 91% of the $1.5 million raised.

What Your Gift Supports

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Scholarships that help attract the brightest students

Annual Fund dollars underwrite Duke’s commitment to need-blind admissions and support undergraduate and graduate public policy students. Many professional opportunities in public policy fields pay modestly, so reducing student debt upon graduation is critical for students who choose to pursue a life in public service.

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Research and teaching by our world class faculty

Sanford is consistently highly ranked in public policy analysis among the nation’s graduate schools, according to U.S. News and World Report. We also boast one of the most popular undergraduate majors at Duke. Your gifts help provide the robust academic and research opportunities that keep us competitive.

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Real-world policy experience through internships

We don’t just encourage our public policy students to get out in the field, we require it. But many of the most dynamic and prestigious public policy internships are unpaid. Annual Fund gifts help provide internship stipends which allow students to focus on their passions and field of study rather than on how they’ll pay the bills.

When to Give

The Sanford Annual Fund operates on the fiscal year: July 1 - June 30. Making a gift early in the fiscal year relieves the need, and cost, of sending reminders throughout the year and saves you from being solicited multiple times. Many alumni prefer to make their gift at the end of the calendar year to take advantage of the IRS tax benefit. Donors who make a gift each fiscal year are recognized for consistent giving.

How to Give

Gifts are accepted year-round.

Sanford Annual Fund c/o Alumni & Development Records Duke University, Box 90581 Durham, NC 27708-0581

  • Give by stock transfer:

For information about making a gift of stock, please contact the University's Office of Gift Records at 919.684.2338 or stockgifts@duke.edu.

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