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The Duke Endowment offers virtual history exhibit online

The Duke Endowment celebrates 100 years of philanthropy.

Last updated May 29, 2024

By Tina Underwood

To help celebrate 100 years of philanthropy, The Duke Endowment is touring a traveling exhibition throughout the Carolinas to educate and engage the public about the vision of its founder, James B. Duke and the progress he made possible in higher education, health care, rural churches, and child and family well-being.

The profound and enduring change the foundation has ignited can also be viewed any time in a virtual exhibition that mirrors the physical display.

Like its in-person counterpart, the virtual exhibition offers a brief history of Mr. Duke, his family and the business ventures that made him one of the Carolinas’ greatest industrialists and most generous philanthropists of the 20th century. The exhibition opens a window into how Duke’s philanthropy has shaped our communities throughout the generations with more than $4.5 billion in grants across the Carolinas.

Specifically for Furman, The Duke Endowment in recent years has contributed more than $78.8 million to create The Furman Advantage and to measure its effectiveness. Since its Indenture of Trust in 1924, The Duke Endowment has given Furman nearly $243 million to support teaching, learning, resilience and scholarships, including the prestigious James B. Duke Scholars.

Learn more about The Duke Endowment at its website, or through the virtual exhibition. A schedule of stops for the traveling exhibition may be found here.

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