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Ways to Give

According to the Institute of Medicine, western medicine has entered a new era—the era of the nurse.

We have always looked to nurses to be advocates for patients and their families. Today, nurses are directing the efforts of entire teams of caregivers, delivering coordinated care that is centered around the patient. This important role for nurses has the power to transform the practice of medicine here at home and around the world.

Nurse scientists are developing innovations in care delivery based on scientific evidence of what works. We are learning that nursing innovations can impact treatment success, prolong quality of life and improve cost effectiveness. These nursing innovations change lives.

Just as western medicine has arrived at the era of the nurse, Duke University School of Nursing has reached a new height — largest enrollment, most prestigious faculty, best national ranking and greatest amount of federal funding for nursing research — in our history.

We believe this is Duke Nursing’s time to lead. We seek to grow historic strengths in caring for the elderly, the chronically ill and sick children. We seek to advance nursing science in genetics and global health. And we are committed to continuing a long tradition of educating the thinking nurse — men and women empowered to lead change in health and medicine. We seek your partnership. Please join us, and together we will move Duke Nursing Forward for a healthier world.

Ways to Give

Read our spring donor letter.

Gifts of Cash

The simplest method of giving, an outright gift may be declared as a charitable deduction on your federal income tax return for the year you make the gift — up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income. You may deduct the excess balance over the next five years.

Gifts of Securities

You may give stock — both publicly and privately owned — or bonds to Duke. Stock gifts can offer significant tax benefits.

Gifts of Real Estate

You may donate land or other property to Duke, whether it’s a residential or vacation home, a farm, commercial building, residential lots or unimproved land. You will enjoy the same benefits with gifts of real estate as you would with gifts of appreciated stock.

Planned Gifts

Gifts of Real Estate with Retained Life Estate

You can give your estate and live there, too! Just transfer your ownership of a residence or farm to Duke, and you may continue to live there for your lifetime. This arrangement can qualify you for a charitable income tax deduction equal to your property’s value, minus the value of the retained life estate.

Life Income Gifts

So, you want to donate to Duke to support vital medical research or education, but you need your steady income for life? We offer several plans that combine the best of three worlds — important philanthropy, lifetime income and major tax benefits. These include charitable remainder trusts, charitable remainder unitrusts, charitable remainder “flip trusts” and charitable remainder annuity trusts.


Some of Duke’s most generous gifts have come to us under the terms of a donor’s will. Today’s federal estate tax laws favor charitable bequests. Like other gifts, bequests can be given without restriction or designated for specific purposes or special areas of research.

Other Forms of Giving

There are many other forms of giving to Duke, including pooled income fund gifts, charitable gift annuities, charitable lead trusts and retirement plans.