Why Your Gift Matters

Please consider making a gift today.

The Duke Department of Medicine is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all through excellence in research, teaching, and patient care. Philanthropy plays an important part in enabling and sustaining this vital work.  

You may direct your gift in the way that is most meaningful to you. Your gift can honor or remember someone special, support the research of a promising physician-scientist, fund a scholarship for future doctors and other caregivers, and much more.

Your gift matters – thank you!

George McLean

Donor Feature: George McLean

George McLean, MD’73, spent his happiest years as a medical student and resident. It was in his third year at Duke University School of Medicine that he found his calling in endocrinology, doing research on growth hormones with Robert Fellows, MD, PhD. McLean credited his education at Duke for honing his skill as a diagnostician.

In appreciation of the gifts of knowledge and training he received at Duke, the George W. McLean estate has funded an endowment to support endocrinology research by young investigators. Read more about his gift.


To discuss the many options for supporting the Department of Medicine, please contact:

Jillian Ream
Executive Director of Development
Duke Health Development and Alumni Affairs
Phone: 919-724-9868 

Alumni & Development Records
Attn: Ms. Jillian Ream
Duke University
Box 90581
Durham, NC 27708

Frequently Asked Questions About Making a Gift

Is my contribution to Duke Health tax deductible?
Yes, Duke Health fits the federal definition of a not-for-profit organization. The tax identification number is 56-0532129

What do I put on the check?
Checks to any entity within Duke Health can be made payable to "Duke University."

I'd like to make a contribution in honor or memory of a doctor, friend, or family member. What do I need to do?
Many donors choose to make their gift in honor of a physician or other health care provider, or in memory of a loved one who received care through the health system. You merely need to provide a name and contact information, and we will notify the honored person or family.

How do I ask for contributions to be made in lieu of flowers?
To include information in public notices about donating to Duke Health in lieu of flowers or gifts, please contact Jillian Ream,