Duke gives back to itself with $5.7 million endowment
June 06, 2013
The old adage goes that when you get a paycheck, you should give yourself money first, then pay bills and such. This strategy tends to refer to individuals putting money aside for savings, but some nonprofits are taking advice this literally.
The Duke Endowment recently committed $5.74 million in a gift to the Duke Divinity School, Duke Today reported. The plan is to use the funds to expand the Clergy Health Initiative, which aids and studies the health of former and current United Methodist church leaders in North Carolina.
"Duke's Clergy Health Initiative is contributing valuable expertise toward this complex issue, reflecting two of the core priorities of The Duke Endowment -- health care and the Methodist church in North Carolina," Duke Divinity School President Richard Brodhead told the news outlet.
The source explained this is an ongoing project because clergy in the area have notably higher obesity, diabetes, asthma and arthritis rates than other North Carolinians. The frequency of depression and the number of people who decide not to seek treatment for various ailments is also larger among this demographic.
The Duke Endowment was created in 1924 to give aid to communities in both North and South Carolina in a variety of areas. Since then, more than $1.5 billion has been given via grants to strengthen programs at Duke University.
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