Duke Lemur Center Endowments

A legacy of support for lemurs and the work of the DLC

Did you know that the Duke Lemur Center can help you create lasting gifts to support our work to protect lemurs and their habitat, and to sustain student programs here and in Madagascar? Endowment gifts and the revenues they generate are increasingly important to both furthering the DLC’s work and securing the Duke Lemur Center’s financial future.

Currently, the DLC has nine endowments. Their revenues provide about 4% of the center’s annual operating budget.

How does it work?

An endowment is a gift that keeps on giving! Each year, a portion of an endowment fund’s value is paid out to support the fund’s purpose at the DLC. Any earnings in excess of this distribution are used to build the fund’s market value. In this way, an endowment fund can grow and provide support to its designated purpose here at the DLC in perpetuity.

You can support the Duke Lemur Center through an endowment by:

1. making an outright gift during your lifetime to establish an endowment fund;

2. establishing an endowment through creative estate and retirement planning (we can help you and your advisors to explore options that might be a good fit for you); or

3. creating an endowment with an outright gift during your lifetime while planning to later provide an additional gift to support the endowment through your estate plan.

How much money is required to create an endowment?

The Duke Board of Trustees has minimum* funding levels for different types of endowments:

$100,000 will establish a named endowment for unrestricted support of the Duke Lemur Center.

$300,000 or more will establish a named endowment for a restricted area of support, such as colony care, student programs, or Madagascar conservation work. It’s also possible to endow staff positions within the DLC—such as director, veterinarian, and more.

A gift at any level can be designated to the Duke Lemur Center’s general operations endowment fund. This is an excellent choice for someone interested in supporting the DLC’s work in perpetuity with a gift under $100,000.

*Please note that the minimum funding levels listed above may increase in the future, and if they do, the giving requirement in effect at the time that your gift is received by the DLC would apply.

Please consult your personal and financial advisors and any close family members for your plans to make this special gift to the Duke Lemur Center.

Planned gifts for the Duke Lemur Center

It’s easier than you might think to establish a planned gift (of any amount) from your estate to benefit the Duke Lemur Center. Our team can help you explore all of your options—like naming the DLC as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, including the DLC in your will, or establishing a life income gift that supports the DLC and pays you back.

By making a planned gift to the Duke Lemur Center, you’ll join a growing network of our closest friends as a member of the Legacy for Lemurs Society.