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

Doing Good in the Neighborhood 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, Doing Good in the Neighborhood campaign staff (who are based in the Duke Office of Durham and Regional Affairs), and United Way staff, based on the way you give (payroll deduction, United Way giving portal,

When you donate through Doing Good in the Neighborhood, you can rest assured that your dollars are put to the best possible use in the community. Click here to see how gifts to United Way of the Greater Triangle are handled. For Duke-administered gifts — to the Health, Neighborhoods, Schools, Youth Empowerment and Community Care Fund categories — organizations submit detailed proposals and budgets indicating how they will use their funds; Duke employees use a rubric to review each proposal; and all organizations granted funding submit detailed reports on how dollars were used.

Doing Good in the Neighborhood gives you six giving options.

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

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

A 13% processing fee will be deducted from United Way of the Greater Triangle gifts that are designated to specific agencies. There is no processing fee for gifts to United Way of the Greater Triangle’s Changing Generations fund.

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

At this time, Duke employees who give to a Duke Community Giving category (Health, Neighborhoods, Community Care Fund, Youth Empowerment, Schools) cannot earmark their donation for a specific nonprofit/organization.

However, through United Way, employees have the option of giving to specific nonprofits/organizations. There is a 13-percent United Way processing fee attached to United Way donations designated to specific nonprofits/organizations.

The United Way portal is here:

1) Sign in using your netID and password

2) Click on the “Give Today” bright orange button

3) Choose your preferred method of giving

4) Signify the amount you want to give

5) On that same page, under “Choose how you would like to invest your gift,” select “Designate to one of our focus areas, or directly to another nonprofit of your choice

6) You can look up the organization you want to give to or fill in the organization’s information.

The United Way giving portal is linked to an employee’s Shibboleth login, which means employees will have to enter their Duke netID and password in order to access the portal.

If you log into the United Way giving portal homepage and there is no activity on the page for a while, meaning you haven’t clicked a link, entered new information or made a donation, you may have to log out and completely close your browser. Restart your browser and try signing in again.

If you’re still experiencing technical difficulties, please call April Dudash with Doing Good in the Neighborhood at 919-668-1967.

  • When Duke staff and faculty give together, we are sending a collective message to Durham and our region that we support the community in which we work.
  • We know Duke employees lead busy lives, so Doing Good in the Neighborhood 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, Doing Good in the Neighborhood 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 Doing Good in the Neighborhood is tax-deductible.

For payroll deduction donations to DGIN’s Duke Community Giving categories (Community Care Fund, 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 donate to Duke’s work 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 contact Lou Rollins, Director of Special Projects for the Duke Office of Durham & Regional Affairs, at

Duke University covers the cost of campaign administration, so no administrative fees are deducted from donations to the Health, Neighborhoods, Schools, Youth Empowerment and Community Care Fund categories.

A 13% processing fee will be deducted from United Way of the Greater Triangle gifts that are designated to specific agencies. There is no processing fee for gifts to United Way of the Greater Triangle’s Changing Generations fund.

You can manage your own payroll deductions through the Duke@Work self-service portal. 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 “Update Deductions” button at the bottom of the page when you’re done to save your changes.

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

United Way