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Donations to Duke set $410M record

Posted August 8, 2013

 Duke University

— Duke University received a record $410.9 million in philanthropic contributions in the past year, the school reported Thursday.

The amount given between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, marked a 17 percent increase over the previous year and broke a 2007-08 record of $385.7 million.

"The generosity of our alumni and friends will move this university forward," Duke President Richard H. Brodhead said in a statement. "All of us at Duke are profoundly grateful for their support, which will benefit Duke students and faculty today and in the future, giving them access to resources and opportunities that enable them to engage with the world's most pressing challenges.”

Philanthropists Anne T. and Robert M. Bass, of Fort Worth, Texas, made the largest single gift to the university last year. Their $50 million contribution will launch Bass Connections, an initiative to encourage students and faculty to collaborate on issues of societal importance.

David Rubenstein, co-founder of The Carlyle Group and the new chair of the Duke Board of Trustees, gave $10 million to the Sanford School of Public Policy - its largest single gift - to endow graduate fellowships and undergraduate internships. He also committed $10 million to Duke Athletics, matching its largest gift.


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  • Cock a doodle doo Aug 8, 2013

    You are correct Common Sensey, US News and World Report list NC State grads #7 in the nation for obtaining a job after college.

  • Common_Sensey Aug 8, 2013

    No surprise, but I wonder what local University's graduates ending up making the highest average salary? It probably is Duke with medicine, or maybe NC State with engineers and computer programmers. It's not unheard of for a new NCSU grad with a computer science degree to start out making over $80,000 a year.

  • paulacapell Aug 8, 2013

    Just want to say THANK YOU!!!