Giving Opportunities

A different kind of forest…

a different kind of support.

An outdoor classroom and living laboratory inviting students and teachers of all ages, disciplines, and backgrounds.

An environmental education and outreach tool offering opportunities to learn about history, natural resources, and forest management.

An aesthetic and recreational resource for reconnecting with nature.

A responsibly managed working forest demonstrating renewable resource use and best management practices.

A bastion of diverse habitats protecting and connecting plants, wildlife, and ecosystem services.

The Duke Forest is all these things and more. It is a perennially giving resource, and its many gifts are ours to steward.

Join us in taking care of this

treasured forest.

Make a gift today to show your family’s support in this milestone year. Together, we can ensure that even as we navigate the uncertainties of our modern world, the Duke Forest will remain a vibrant and rich resource for discovery, exploration, and engagement.

Free Gift with Donations

Click to make a donation of $150 or more to receive the Duke Forest history book gift.

For a limited time, make $150 donation via this link to the left, and we’ll send you a copy of The Duke Forest at 75: A Resource for All Seasons, the incredible history book by Ida Phillips Lynch.

If you enjoy the many benefits that the Forest provides, we hope that you will consider making a tax-deductible contribution of $50 or more and become a Friend of the Duke Forest. Learn more about the Friends here.

Make a one-time gift

Or make a monthly, sustaining gift

Other ways to make a one-time gift:

  1. Electronic Transfers Wire or ACH
    If you are interested in this option, please let us know. We can arrange for assistance from colleagues at Giving@Duke.
  2. Duke Employee Payroll Deduction
    Set up payroll deductions in the Duke@Work portal. Type “Duke Forest” or “3992433”.
  3. Gifts by Check
    You can mail your gift to the Office of Alumni and Development Records, where all charitable contributions to Duke University are processed. Please make check payable to Duke University but add a memo and/or a clear accompanying note that the gift is for “The Duke Forest Improvement Fund (3992433)”.

    Please use the mailing addresses below:
US MailExpress Mail
Alumni and Development Records
Duke University
Box 90581
Durham, NC 27708-0581
Phone: (919) 684-2338
Fax: (919) 684-8527
Alumni and Development Records
c/o Duke University Cashiering
114 S. Buchanan Blvd.
Bay 8 Room B-103
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 684-4245

Download a pledge card (PDF format) to include with your gift to Duke.

High Impact Gifts

Please reach out directly for details.

  • Planned gifts – Include the Forest in your will, living trust, or as a named beneficiary of a retirement plan.
  • Endowments – Provide regular and guaranteed income with an endowment in your family’s name.
  • With other major gifts – Make a gift to the Forest in combination with a gift to another area at Duke.
  • Donation of assets – Donate stocks, land, or vehicles to support the Duke Forest.

For questions regarding additional giving opportunities or supporting specific projects, please call Blake Tedder, Assistant Director of Engagement at 919-613-8631 or

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