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How We Are Funded

DukeEngage officially launched its civic engagement program in 2007, thanks to the generous support and forward-thinking vision of The Duke Endowment and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. That funding created an endowment, which continues to cover a 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 for students, but for those 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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Giving Opportunities

Philanthropic support is critical to everything we do, from providing immersive service experiences for DukeEngage students to supporting Duke faculty and community partners who make our programs possible. Here are a few ways your support can make a difference for DukeEngage. For questions about these — or any — funding opportunities, please contact Hesper Linger, development program director, at hlinger@duke.edu or 919-613-6366.

DukeEngage Pathways Fund

All DukeEngage programs are designed around specific themes or locations that connect the work our students do to the needs of communities they serve. Supporting a DukeEngage program that focuses on a specific service theme, social issue, or geographic region helps DukeEngage students tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. Examples of civic themes include Education & Literacy, Environment & Conservation, Health & Human Services, and Women’s Advocacy & Empowerment. Gifts to this fund can also be restricted to support only U.S. or international programs, or unrestricted to provide flexible support where it’s needed most.

 

DukeEngage 365 Fund

To extend the impact of DukeEngage, we are creating a year-round calendar of opportunities to help students prepare for their experience and process, apply, and share what they have learned after they return. The DukeEngage 365 fund will support a range of preparatory and re-entry activities, including reunion events, local service experiences, a post-service professional development trip to Washington, D.C., and attendance at professional and academic conferences.

DukeEngage Director’s Exploration Fund

DukeEngage is a recognized leader in higher education civic engagement. To maintain this status requires vision, leadership, and creativity. This flexible fund will allow the Peter Lange Executive Director of DukeEngage to launch new programs, fund site exploration grants, and expedite big ideas that keep DukeEngage at the forefront of experiential education.

 

DukeEngage Graduate Fellowship

An endowed fellowship will support an exceptional Duke University graduate student who has an interest in civic engagement, experiential learning, and/or community-based research. This fellow will work alongside DukeEngage staff to assist with program development, student mentoring, assessment and evaluation, as well as to advance research on the role and impact of civic engagement in higher education.

DukeEngage Co-Educators Fund

To expand and elevate the essential role that faculty members and community partners play in DukeEngage, we are making an investment in the people who teach and train our students each summer. This fund will provide flexible support for course development grants, faculty research that intersects with DukeEngage themes or locales, or bringing a community partner, practitioner, or faculty expert to campus.

 

DukeEngage Community Partner Conference

To ensure that DukeEngage programs and projects make meaningful change through collaborative work, we must foster relationships with community partners. Support for our biennial Community Partner Conference allows us to bring together 30+ partners from around the world to share knowledge, develop best practices, and integrate them more deeply into pre- and post-program activities.

DukeEngage Opportunity Fund

This fund provides immediate, flexible resources to support group programs and independent projects each year. Gifts to this fund can be used for student stipends, travel expenses, enrichment activities, reflection sessions, and faculty and site coordinator support for existing programs.

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.

Donor Spotlight: Mark ('86) & Benay Todzo

“Our hope is that every Duke student has the opportunity to participate in a DukeEngage program.  We have been so impressed with the DukeEngage alums we have met.  Some now work in the nonprofit sector where they may not have prior to their experience.  Some are working in the for-profit sector, but with an added sense of community service and awareness.  We would like to see that amplified across all the Duke graduates.”

Read more about why the Todzos invest in the work of DukeEngage.