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

How We Fund Student Placements

DukeEngage covers living and travel expenses associated with a student’s summer of service, including transportation, housing, food and some enrichment activities. Stipends for each student are calculated based on the cost of living in the student’s placement community; those funds are intended to cover the student’s program expenses for the summer.

Funding for Students Receiving Financial Aid

When the program launched in 2007, Duke University made a commitment to financially support the program — and its participants. And we are proud to say that every eligible student can apply to, and if accepted, participate in DukeEngage without worrying about money.

Not only is the program fully funded, but 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. Contact the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support for more information about the summer earnings waiver.

We’re not exaggerating when we say that there is no other program like DukeEngage.

Giving to DukeEngage

Continued support from individuals and foundations will allow DukeEngage to maintain programmatic quality and grow participant numbers in coming years. Please consider making a financial gift to support DukeEngage’s ongoing efforts. Your generosity will help  future DukeEngagers experience the life-changing and transformative power of an immersive summer placement.

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Donor Spotlight: Linda Hoffman Sterling (’83)

“I hope that my financial support of DukeEngage will help more students have the opportunity to experience the program, and with that, the chance to live in a community somewhere in the world where they might never have had the opportunity otherwise.”

Read more about why Sterling invests in the work of DukeEngage.