Purposeful Partnerships

Photo of people in masks under a tent with meals and water

Duke Durham Fund COVID-19 Relief

Assistance to small business, nonprofits and community-based organizations weathering the COVID-19 crisis

$5M commitment in grants joined with corporate partners, the City of Durham and Durham County support

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Doing Good Employee Giving Campaign

Contributions made in the areas of neighborhoods, health, education, youth empowerment and nonprofits

$595,729 collected and distributed to local organizations and the United Way

Row houses

Durham Affordable Housing Loan Fund

$3M to enable small and nonprofit developers to build affordable housing units in Durham

In partnership with the City of Durham, Self Help, SunTrust/Truist, NC Community Development Initiative

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Willard Street Apartments Affordable Housing

82 new affordable housing units

$2.5 million contribution toward development in partnership with DHIC and partners, Self-Help, the City of Durham and AJ Fletcher Foundation

Duke University Hospital

Duke Health Patient Care Financial Assistance

257,894 patients received world-class, respectful care regardless of ability to pay

$181M in financial assistance care in 2019-2020 for patients, 95% of which were N.C. residents


“College Advising Corps has the important mission of increasing college access for first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented minority students. Our advisers are providing equity for all students as they apply to college and seek post-secondary opportunities.”

Desmond Gatling headshotDesmond Gatling T’19, College Advising Corp staff

“During this time of crisis, Duke’s support has exemplified their unwavering commitment to supporting our public school students.”

Magan Gonzales-Smith, Durham Public Schools Foundation
Community Partner

“I’m looking forward to my boys having a place to call home”

Habitat for Humanity home photoCrystal, Duke Health sponsored Habitat for Humanity homeowner

“Civic and community engagement matters to me because I believe in the power that many people can have, together.”

Alejandra Gómez headshotDuke University student Alejandra Gómez, recipient of NC Campus Compact’s Community Impact Student Award

“As soon as the pandemic started, people in the community started asking for food, then rent and utilities. This is the main concern of the community.”

Pilar Rocha-Goldbert photoPilar Rocha-Goldbert, El Centro Hispano
Duke Durham Fund COVID-19 Relief Partner

“We were able to meet the increased needs of seniors throughout Durham County by providing each client with weekend meals.”

Meals on Wheels van photoJason Peace, Meals on Wheels
Duke Durham Fund COVID-19 Relief Partner