Grainger Family Descendants Fund awards $20 million to Duke University

Grainger Family Descendants Fund awards $20 million to Duke University

Duke University has announced a $20 million gift from the Grainger Family Descendants Fund in support of efforts to address pressing global environmental challenges. 

The gift from the fund — a donor-advised fund at the Chicago Community Trust — will support new professorships at the Nicholas School of the Environment. Made on the recommendation of an anonymous 1979 Duke graduate who advises the fund, the gift is aimed at supporting the school's faculty and strengthening research and education focused on climate change and other critical environmental issues. 

Previous gifts from the fund to the Nicholas School have supported financial aid and fellowships; faculty research; a program in natural resource finance; capital improvements to the university's Durham and Beaufort campuses; and repairs to its Marine Lab and operation of the lab's research vessel

"This gift will help ensure the Nicholas School remains in the forefront of environmental schools," said the  fund's advisor, "and will continue to inspire young, strong minds to fight for the purity of our air and water, and allow all living things to thrive on this planet at a time when species worldwide are being imperiled by climate change."

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