In Brief

In Brief

On the Move

After years of leasing office space in downtown Charlotte, The Duke Endowment has announced plans to build on a site a few miles away at 800 East Morehead Street. Architectural designs are still preliminary, but the threestory building will be LEED certified and feature meeting space for Endowment grantees and other stakeholders. President Gene Cochrane said it was important to remain in a central area of the Carolinas to be accessible to grantees. The Endowment hopes to break ground in 2012 and move in 2014.




Profiles of Service

Our founder, James B. Duke, surrounded himself with hardworking men and women, believing that through working together, bigger and better things were possible. In 2011, the Endowment launched a new series that spotlights a few of the “behind-the-scenes” workers at grantee organizations who share Mr. Duke’s commitment to making a difference. “Profiles of Service” honors people who dedicate their time, talents and hearts to making community efforts successful.




Major Grants

In 2011, our Trustees approved nearly $130 million in new grants to strengthen organizations, replicate successful programs, and test innovative approaches. The total included several major multi-year awards, including $35 million to Johnson C. Smith University to support science programs, scholarships and capital improvements, and $11.25 million to Health Sciences South Carolina to advance leading-edge programs. In March, the Trustees also announced an $80 million gift to Duke University to transform the student union and renovate two other landmark facilities.




"Like" us on Facebook

When we surveyed our constituents about social media, 82.5 percent said they used social media and nearly 50 percent used it at least once a day. Those results – along with the arrival of our new Information Technology Director, Matt Sharp – led us to establish a presence on Facebook. The goal: increase awareness of our grantees’ work, share what we’ve learned in the field, and join conversations about important issues.




Legacy of Hope

Through personal letters, historical documents and archived film clips, a new 15-minute video presents a rare look at the life of James B. Duke and sheds light on his philanthropic dream. You can watch “Legacy of Hope: The Story of James B. Duke” on our website at or on our YouTube channel.


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