How We Are Funded

DukeEngage officially launched its civic engagement program in 2007, thanks to the generous support of The Duke Endowment and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. That funding created an endowment, which continues to cover a significant portion of the program’s expenses each year.

Duke University also contributes to the DukeEngage annual operating budget.

As the program has increased in scope and reach over the years, we’ve benefited from the additional support of a growing number of generous and devoted alumni and friends. These individual, family and foundation contributions have allowed DukeEngage to:

  • Increase target enrollment to 435 each year, nearly 25% of eligible Duke undergraduates now participate
  • Improve the quality of student pre-departure preparation
  • Strengthen community partner communication channels

Continued support from individuals and foundations will allow DukeEngage to maintain programmatic quality and grow participant numbers in coming years.

How We Fund Your Service

DukeEngage covers living and travel expenses associated with a student's summer of service, including transportation, housing, food and some enrichment activities.

For students on need-based financial aid, Duke waives the "summer earnings" requirement so those participants don’t have to worry about making up for lost wages during their service placement.

Any Duke undergraduate who will have completed two semesters of classes by the time their DukeEngage experience commences is eligible to apply for funding. (Because we believe it is vital for DukeEngage participants to return to campus and contribute to the campus conversation about civic engagement, Duke students in their senior year are not eligible to apply.)