Doris Duke Charitable Foundation



The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation was established since 1996 in memory of Doris Duke. The activities of the foundation is guided by her will, where she endowed her financial assets that totaled apporximately $1.6 bilion as of December 31, 2010.


The mission of the foundation is to improve the quality of people's lives through grants supporting perming arts, environmental conservation, medical research and the prevention of child abuse, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke's properties.



The foundation supports four national programs; the Arts Program, the Environment Program, the Medical Research Program, and the Child Abuse Prevention Program. They also support three properties owned by Doris Duke in Hillsborough, New Jersey; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Newport, Rhode Island.


Web Address

www.ddcf.org

Social Media Links

Twitter - @DorisDukeFdn

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Recent News from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation


National Theater Project Awards Grants to 11 Works - American Theatre
Foundation: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

NEFA's National Theater Project is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. “The...more

GLCF to host annual Celebrate Giving event - Lowell Sun
Foundation: Barr Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Greater Lowell Community Foundation, Ford Foundation

LOWELL — The Greater Lowell Community Foundation will host its annual Celebrate Giving event with keynote speaker San San Wong, director of...more

Two River Theater Presents "Opening Act" - Summer Education Programs For 9th-12th Graders
Foundation: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Hailed by the New York Times for his “silky smooth voice”, he is a masters graduate of the prestigious Manhattan School of Music jazz arts...more

Initiative hopes to preserve more forestland in northern New England
Foundation: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

OSI recently announced it is making available another $18 million in grant funding for Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The organization will host...more

Dr. Fauci suggests theaters could reopen 'sometime in the fall'
Foundation: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Speaking to Maurine Knighton, program director for the arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Fauci said that if vaccine distribution...more

Through philanthropy, creating a more just America
Foundation: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation

I see hope in those who give in times 'that make philanthropy necessary.' Darren Walker, Opinion contributor 6:56 p.m. PDT Aug. 30, 2020....more

Two Native organizations in Oklahoma receive large grants
Foundation: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation say the grants are critical to see Native-led endeavors succeed as COVID-19 has disproportionately...more

New fund sparked by William Penn Foundation will dole out millions to arts groups and artists in ...
Foundation: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia Foundation, William Penn Foundation

READ MORE: William Penn Foundation fast-tracks $6.6 million for the arts, ... Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy and Philadelphia Cultural ... has established a pop-up grant program to...more

NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund Launched To Support New York City Nonprofit ...
Foundation: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation

The New $75 Million Fund will Provide Grants and Loans to New York ... Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Joan Ganz...more

The Role of Philanthropy in Advancing Equity in the Arts
Foundation: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Bush Foundation, New York Community Trust

Maurine Knighton, program director for the arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and Kerry McCarthy, vice president for philanthropic initiatives for The New York Community Trust, write how...more



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