Campaign History

Participation in the annual employee giving campaign had declined from a high of 22% in 2001 to just 7% in 2008. Faculty and staff indicated they would be more likely to participate if given more options. As a result, the annual campaign was expanded to include schools and nonprofit organizations that apply for funding through the five thematic categories administered by Duke: Health, Neighborhoods, Schools, Youth Empowerment and the Community Care Fund.

Campaign Organization

Duke Doing Good is a Duke University/Duke University Health System giving campaign, which means any gift to the campaign may be seen by Duke Alumni & Development Records staff, Duke Development staff, Duke Payroll Services staff, Duke Doing Good campaign staff (who are based in the Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs), and United Way staff, based on the way you give (payroll deduction, or by cash/paper check).

We have an e-newsletter that we will only send to your inbox twice a year. In this e-newsletter, we don’t ask for money. Instead, we update our donors and potential donors on how Duke Doing Good funds are being used, to include feature stories, interesting infographics and fun volunteer opportunities. Sign up here.

Employee donations to Duke Doing Good benefit organizations in Durham, Wake, Orange and Johnston counties. The Duke Marine Lab is also participating in a Duke Doing Good fundraising pilot project in Carteret County.

When you donate through Duke Doing Good, you can rest assured that your dollars are put to the best possible use in the community.

For Duke-administered gifts to the Community Care Fund competitive grantmaking program, Triangle nonprofits submit detailed applications about how they plan to use the funding. Then, a review committee of Duke University and Duke University Health System employees review each application, using a rubric, and decide on how to allocate funding. Funded nonprofits submit end-of-year reports about how Community Care Fund dollars supported their project.

For Duke-administered gifts to the Health, Neighborhoods, Schools and Youth Empowerment categories, community partners must submit funding proposals to the Duke Doing Good campaign as well as follow up on how dollars were used by submitting end-of-year reports.

Gifts to United Way of the Greater Triangle are collected through Duke payroll deduction or by cash/check. Duke payroll sends United Way of the Greater Triangle the donations, and cash/checks are delivered in person by Duke Doing Good campaign staff to the United Way of the Greater Triangle office at The Frontier in Research Triangle Park. Click here to learn more about how United Way of the Greater Triangle uses Duke Doing Good funding for collaborative partnerships.

Year-round, we report back to Duke Doing Good donors about how funding is being used in the community, through the News webpage as well as in a quarterly e-newsletter.

Duke Doing Good gives you six giving options:

  • Community Care Fund
  • Emergency Relief Fund
  • Health
  • Neighborhoods
  • Schools
  • Youth Empowerment
  • United Way of the Greater Triangle

The categories are administered by Duke’s Office of Durham and Community Affairs. Duke covers the administrative costs, so 100% of contributions to those categories go to local schools, nonprofits and neighborhoods.

Community Care Fund

Duke-Durham Leadership Giving Society

Employees who give $1,200 or above to the campaign become members of the Duke-Durham Leadership Giving Society.

The Society celebrates the long-standing connections between Duke and Durham, and each leadership giving level is named after an influential Duke/Durham pairing.

Duke-Durham Leadership Giving Society members are extremely important to the schools, nonprofits and neighborhoods who ultimately receive the funding. And besides “Doing Good,” Leadership Giving Society members receive perks throughout the year, such as free tickets to Duke events or gifts at certain giving levels.

Making a Donation

The donor should instruct the company that manages their funds to send a letter with the donor’s name and address, the donation amount, and the specific Doing Good in the Neighborhood category.

Checks should be made payable to Duke University (for donations to the Duke Giving Options, which include the Community Care Fund, Emergency Relief Fund, Health, Schools, Neighborhoods categories) or to the United Way of the Greater Triangle.

If you are donating to the Duke Giving Options AND the United Way of the Greater Triangle, please write separate checks. Please mail the letter and check(s) to:

Duke Alumni and Development Records
Box 90581
Durham, NC 27708

At this time, Duke employees who give to the campaign cannot earmark their monetary gift for a specific nonprofit/organization.

Employees must choose a Duke Doing Good giving category or combination of categories to direct their donation to: Community Care Fund, Emergency Relief Fund, Health, Neighborhoods, Schools, Youth Empowerment, and/or United Way of the Greater Triangle.

  • When Duke staff and faculty give together, we are sending a collective message to our region that we support the community in which we work and live.
  • We know Duke employees lead busy lives, so Duke Doing Good does the work for you – Campaign staff members research, vet and award grants to organizations in our community that need the funding for strong and innovative projects.
  • The immediate need for funding is real. For example, in 2016, Duke Doing Good received 103 grant applications for just one giving category, the Community Care Fund. The Community Care Fund grant applications nearly doubled from the year before (2015).

Yes, your donation to Duke Doing Good is tax-deductible.

For payroll deduction donations to Duke Doing Good’s Community Giving categories (Community Care Fund, Emergency Relief Fun, Health, Neighborhoods, Schools, Youth Empowerment), Duke’s Alumni & Development Records office sends out yearly tax receipts for all donations in early January. For one-off gifts made through, receipts are sent as soon as the gift has been processed.

For donations through the United Way of the Greater Triangle giving portal, United Way issues printed tax receipts for all one-off gifts over $250 if United Way has the employee’s home mailing address. The employee can provide/update his or her home mailing address in their United Way account profile information. If the employee is making a payroll deduction gift to United Way, United Way does not issue tax receipts for payroll deduction donations. Duke employees can use a pay stub or another piece of documentation (such as an acknowledgement receipt, a screenshot of the donation, copy of a pledge form, etc.) as proof of their gift for tax reporting purposes.


Community members may make a monetary gift toward Duke’s work specifically in the Durham community through the Duke-Durham Fund. All donations to the Fund go directly into the community in the form of grants to local schools, nonprofits and neighborhood associations.

Visit and search for Duke Durham Fund. Thank you for your support!

If you have any questions about the Duke-Durham Fund, please call (919) 684-6960.

Duke University covers the cost of campaign administration, so no administrative fees are deducted from Duke Doing Good donations.

For the 2018-19 campaign year, United Way of the Greater Triangle is covering all administrative costs to their category.

You can manage your own payroll deductions through the Duke@Work self-service website. Log in here and then make changes under “Gifts to Doing Good in the Neighborhood.” Here, you can set up new recurring or one-time gifts, as well as make any changes to gifts that you have already set up.

Make sure to click the red “Save Changes” button when you’re done.

Please contact with any questions. We’re happy to help.

United Way