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A gift of $50 or more gets you a complimentary digital swag bag, including the symbolic adoption of a Coquerel’s sifaka and fun extras like photos, screensavers, and more!

Gala Giving Options

Support the Duke Lemur Center with a donation today!

$50    $100    $250    $500    $1,000    Other

Your fully tax-deductible gift will support the highest priority needs of the Duke Lemur Center. With a gift of $50 or more, you will receive our gala digital swag bag via email the week of October 26 to help you celebrate lemurs all week long! Scroll down to see why your gift is so important to us this year.


Or, choose a gala donation package with DLC logo items!

We’ll email your digital swag bag on October 26, and your logo items will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail in November.

Logo items can be shipped to U.S. donors only. The value of the listed merchandise will be subtracted from the tax deduction component of the receipt. Click the options below to see the items provided for each package level.

$130 Gala Donation Package

The $130 gala donation package includes:

  • One embroidered lightweight polyester microfleece pullover and logo tote that will be mailed in November.
  • Digital swag bag, including digital sifaka adoption package and other fun extras! This will be emailed during the week of October 26.

Select $130 gala donation package

($30 premium/$100 tax-deductible gift)

$250 Gala Donation Package

The $250 gala donation package includes:

  • One Coquerel's sifaka (Jovian/Zoboomafoo) reusable cloth face mask
  • One logo ballcap
  • One logo tote
  • One embroidered lightweight polyester microfleece pullover
  • Digital swag bag, including digital sifaka adoption package! This will be emailed during the week of October 26. Face mask and logo items will be mailed via USPS in November.

Select $250 gala donation package

($50 premium/$200 tax deductible gift)

$500 Gala Donation Package

The $500 gala donation package includes:

  • Pair of Coquerel's sifaka (Jovian/Zoboomafoo) reusable cloth face masks
  • Pair of logo ballcaps
  • One logo tote
  • Pair of embroidered lightweight polyester microfleece pullovers
  • Digital swag bag, including digital sifaka adoption package! This will be emailed during the week of October 26. Face masks and logo items will be mailed via USPS in November.

Select $500 gala donation package

($100 premium/$400 tax deductible gift)

$1,000 Gala Donation Package

The $1,000 donation comes with:

  • Behind the Scenes tour for two adults when the Lemur Center reopens
  • Invitation to attend VIP Hoppy Hour event via Zoom at a later date
  • Pair of Coquerel's sifaka (Jovian/Zoboomafoo) reusable cloth face masks
  • Pair of logo ballcaps
  • One logo tote
  • Pair of embroidered lightweight microfleece pullovers
  • Digital swag bag, including digital sifaka adoption package! This will be emailed during the week of October 26. Face masks and logo items will be mailed via USPS in November.

All individual donations of $1,000 or more will be provided access to an exclusive Zoom event at a later date, and eligible for recognition in the Duke Lemur Center’s Lemur Champion Society.

Select $1,000 gala donation package

($100 premium/$900 tax deductible gift)


Other ways to help

Be a DLC sponsor: There’s still time to sign up! Note that you can make a pledge and pay at a later date if your company takes time to process the payment! Click here to learn more and become a sponsor.

Donate an auction item: We’re seeking more great items and experiences to make the auction a success! Things like a week at a vacation property, art, handcrafted items, experiences via Zoom with an expert in their field (like a private reading from an author or a “jam session” with an accomplished musician), and social distancing-friendly options would be wonderful donations. Click here to submit your commitment to provide an in-kind item.

Consider a gift with a special purpose: If you’re interested in supporting our gala with a targeted impact gift of $5,000 or more, please contact Mary Paisley at mary.paisley@duke.edu. She’d love to hear from you!

If you would like to discuss these opportunities with Mary Paisley, the DLC’s development officer, please email mary.paisley@duke.edu.


How your gift will help

Funds raised through this event’s special donations and auction purchases will help the Duke Lemur Center provide high-quality food and bedding for our lemurs; enrichment items; cleaning supplies and equipment; and onsite veterinary care, medicines, testing supplies, and essential veterinary equipment.

Diagram showing sources of DLC revenue

This chart (above) shows sources of revenue for the Duke Lemur Center in a typical year. However, because of COVID-19, 2020 is anything but typical. The DLC earns 21% of its revenue from tours, merchandise sales, facility rentals, and fees. With the disruption of our tour and merchandise income and cancellation of camps and events like Lemurpalooza, your support means more than ever to us! To see more about the DLC’s financial overview, please see our 2019 stewardship report.


Thank you!

All funds raised will offset lost revenues of more than $800,000 due to the temporary closure of the DLC’s Education Department and cancellation of onsite tours and events due to COVID-19. Your support is more important than ever before!