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Who We Are

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) is a private national foundation that makes grants across six funding areas and oversees two museums and a center for environmental stewardship.

Mission and Values

Mission & Values

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people's lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke's properties. Learn more about how we execute our mission and the value lens through which we do our work.

Doris Duke

Our Founder

Born on Nov. 22, 1912 in New York City, Doris Duke was a lifelong philanthropist and adventurer, who used her inheritance as the only child of James Buchanan (J.B.) Duke, a founder of the American Tobacco Company and Duke Energy Company, to travel the world, engage in creative and environmental interests, and support causes to improve the health and well-being of children and communities.

Our History

Our History

DDCF was established in 1996 through the will of Doris Duke, who endowed the foundation and left written guidance for our funding priorities, activities and future of her properties.

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Our People