Become a young alumni leader!

The Young Alumni Development Councils are one of the Annual Fund’s most vibrant and long-standing volunteer networks.  The Councils were launched in 1999 during the Campaign for Duke as a way to cultivate the next generation of leadership volunteers and donors.  The first council began in New York City with eight members.  Today, the Councils have expanded to seven cities with over 250 members. Membership is limited to undergraduate alumni who give at least $1,000 annually and who have been out of Duke five to fifteen years. For those that have been out of Duke for less than five years or are in graduate school the level is at least $500 annually.  There are currently councils based in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.


Development Council members are passionate Duke Ambassadors who encourage other young alumni to engage with Duke and make leadership Annual Fund contributions.   They actively recruit other members, solicit peers for gifts to the Annual Fund, host events and serve on their reunion committees. 


In return for their service, YADC members have opportunities to network with a dynamic group of young alumni, Duke administrators and professors, and other prominent alumni and trustees.  They have access to Annual Fund staff members who can assist with Duke matters.  Finally, YADC membership serves as a launching point for other leadership volunteer roles at Duke (such as Annual Fund Advisory Board, Alumni Association Board, and individual school and unit boards).

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