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At Fuqua, one of the most important lessons students learn is how to show leadership in all areas of their lives. Leadership through philanthropy is a natural extension of this lesson.

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As a leadership donor, your investment in Fuqua goes farther, and so do we. Together, your gifts provide the essential resources that allow Fuqua to respond to challenges and opportunities as they arise and lay plans for the future, all while maintaining the highest standards of excellence in training the business leaders the world needs.

While gifts of any size are important and appreciated, leadership donations help take us to the next level. In 2020-2021, gifts from leadership donors made up 89% of the nearly $4.7 million raised. Annual leadership gifts ensure that the school has a sustainable source of funding for some of our most pressing needs:

  • Merit scholarships that attract the best and brightest students in a highly competitive business school environment
  • Recruiting and retaining a world-class faculty who are consistently among the most productive researchers in the world
  • Innovative programs that help students connect academics with practice

Starting July 1, 2021, donors making annual gifts of $2,500 or more will be recognized in the Thomas F. Keller Leadership Donor Society. Students and recent graduates up to four years post-graduation will be able to join the Keller Society with a minimum gift of $1,000 (Classes of 2020 to 2025 for the 2023-2024 academic year). With these changes, Fuqua kicked off a three-year Keller Society Step-Up Challenge, supported by the Keller Society Leadership Circle.

The Keller Society honors Dean Emeritus Tom Keller who, through his insightful leadership, recognized the importance of securing financial support to make Fuqua the top-tier business school we have become.

2023-2024 Leadership Donor Events

Date Event
April 20, 2024 Fuqua Reunions 2024 Keller Society and Adams Leadership Society reception


Additional leadership donor events will be added as they approach. Watch your inbox for invitations to these and other gatherings.

The Rex D. Adams Society recognizes individuals who have provided cumulative commitments to Fuqua totaling $50,000. This society honors former Dean and current Board of Visitors member Rex Adams who, through his leadership and continuing support, will leave a lasting legacy.

Fuqua's Isle Maligne Society Charter Members are a special group of forty individuals who, in 1983, each pledged $25,000 to Duke University's Graduate School of Business, now known as The Fuqua School of Business. These Isle Maligne Society Charter Members possessed the vision and wisdom to make a significant impact on worldwide management education, the fledgling business school, and the future of Duke University.

Duke University recognizes donors in a number of different ways, including those who have supported The Fuqua School of Business. Visit the Giving to Duke recognition page to learn more.

Keller Society Step-Up Challenge

In 2021 Fuqua raised the membership criteria for the Thomas F. Keller Leadership Donor Society to recognize donors making annual gifts of $2,500 or more ($1,000 or more for recent graduates). With these changes, Fuqua kicked off a three-year Keller Society Step-Up Challenge, supported by the Keller Society Leadership Circle. Help Fuqua reach its 1,750-member goal for 2023-2024 by June 30 with a leadership gift today!


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Hari Garhwal MBA '12
Hari Garhwal MBA ’12 hopes his philanthropy, combined with the gifts of other alumni, will ensure Fuqua’s base of support continues to grow for years to come. His leadership commitment to the Annual Fund reflects his gratitude for his Fuqua experience.
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