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Duke Endowment gives over $200 million in 2008

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Duke Endowment awarded nearly 400 grants totaling $204.5 million to nonprofits throughout the Carolinas last year.

The grants included support for Davidson College, Johnson C. Smith University, Duke University in Durham and Furman University in Greenville, S.C., to make education more affordable and develop initiatives to help local communities.

Furman University received $14 million to establish a major scholarship program.

The endowment also gave $8.4 million to the Nurse-Family Partnership, a home-visitation program that helps first-time, low-income parents, and $50 million to the school of medicine at Duke University to help build a “hospital within a hospital” for young patients.

An additional $1.9 million grant will go toward developing therapeutic treatment for young people with behavioral problems in North Carolina.

The endowment also awarded grants to United Methodist churches in North Carolina to expand local outreach efforts.

“Through these grants, the endowment hopes to help organizations continue their work in this difficult economy and find creative ways to look ahead,” Russell M. Robinson II, chairman of the endowment’s board, says in a statement.

The Charlotte-based Duke Endowment, the largest private foundation in the Carolinas, has awarded more than $2.6 billion in grants since its inception in 1924.

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