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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Manager: Cheryl Mirer
Priority: Open


Established in 1996 in NY.

Founded by the late Doris Duke, the only child of James Buchanan Duke, a founder of the American Tobacco company and Duke Energy Company. Upon his death in 1925, J.B. Duke's fortune was divided between his 12-year-old daughter and the Duke Endowment, the foundation he established to serve the people of the Carolinas. Although Doris Dukelived a private life, she contributed to a number of public causes. She was an active supporter of medical research and child welfare throughout her life. When she was just 21, she established a foundation called Independent Aid, which later became the Doris DukeFoundation. It is estimated that she gave away more than $400 million in current dollars during her lifetime, often as anonymous contributions. Doris Duke died in October 1993 at the age of 80. In her will, she left the majority of her estate to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.


environment, medical research, animals/wildlife


Giving on a national basis.

No support for toxic issues, litigation, the visual arts, museums or galleries, or arts programs for rehabilitative or therapeutic purposes.

No grants to individuals (except through special foundation programs), or for conferences or publications.


Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $1,859,405,732 (market value)

Expenditures: $95,245,619

Total giving: $75,080,723

Qualifying distributions: $83,234,494

Giving activities include:

$75,080,723 for 283 grants (high: $3,261,117; low: $2,819)

$170,238 for 9 foundation-administered programs


  • $6,203,000 to Open Space Conservancy, New York, NY, in 2013. For Southeastern Resilient Landscapes Initiative
  • $6,000,000 to Open Space Conservancy, New York, NY, in 2012. To protect sites in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region of the United States that can enable wildlife adaptation to climate change
  • $5,775,000 to Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York, NY, in 2012. For first cohort of Leading Artists Award recipients selected for funding through the Doris Duke Performing Artists Awards Program
  • $5,184,758 to New England Foundation for the Arts, Boston, MA, in 2013. For National Dance Project
  • $4,155,000 to Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, NY, in 2012. Toward Climate Adaptation Fund, a re-granting program to support applied projects that demonstrate effective interventions for wildlife adaptation to climate change
  • $3,330,000 to New England Foundation for the Arts, Boston, MA, in 2012. For the National Dance Project
  • $2,636,000 to Fund for Public Health in New York, New York, NY, in 2012. For Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention in Schools (APPS) Program
  • $2,500,000 to Children and Family Futures, Irvine, CA, in 2013. For integration of parent training and additional family services in family drug courts
  • $1,500,000 to University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, in 2013. For Additional support for the PHIT Partnership in Zambia
  • $905,000 to Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, in 2012. To support students in cycles of the National Institutes of Health Medical Research Scholars Program
  • $486,000 to University of California, San Francisco, CA, in 2013. For Electrocorticography based control of anthropomorphic upper limb exoskeleton