Make a Lasting Impact

The Energy Initiative brings together world-renowned experts across a range of fields to collaborate on energy research, help inform energy decisions by business and government leaders, and educate tomorrow’s energy innovators. At Duke, we are committed to tackling our world’s energy challenges. You can help propel Duke’s Energy Initiative forward.

Your gift is a powerful endorsement of collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to advancing an accessible, affordable, reliable and clean energy system. Help us recruit the best and brightest new faculty to Duke, sponsor pioneering interdisciplinary research, bring prominent speakers to Duke, and enrich the educational mission of the University by strengthening Duke as a premier institution for energy education, research and engagement.

Any gift can be designated in memory or honor of a friend, family member, faculty member, business associate, community leader, organization or remain anonymous.

For more information on ways you can support the Energy Initiative, please contact Cam Kelly, Assistant Vice President for Principal Gifts (919-613-6296,

Ways to Give


To make a gift online, use Duke University’s secure giving site.


Checks should be made payable to “Duke University” with a note in the memo section specifying your intent to support the Duke University Energy Initiative and listing fund code 3970014. Please mail your gift to the following address:

Duke University Energy Initiative
ATTN: Development
Box 90467
Durham, NC 27708

Corporate Matching Gifts:

Many companies match or even triple charitable gifts made by employees and their spouses, retirees and board members. Learn more about corporate matching gifts.

Planned Gifts:

Bequests may be made by will or living trusts. These gifts can include life-income gifts, life insurance, retirement plans, retained life estates, charitable lead trusts and retained real estate, tangible property and securities. Learn more about planned giving.

Corporations and Foundation Collaboration:

The Duke University Energy Initiative’s programs will be of interest to foundations and corporations. We would be delighted to discuss potential sponsorships or partnerships. Please contact Suellen Aldina, Director of Engagement and Administration (919-681-4908,

Bring Your Expertise Back to Campus

Alumni participation enriches the Duke energy community, creating learning experiences for students and collaborative opportunities for faculty and researchers. Here are some great ways to stay in touch:

  • Events: Come to our regular Energy Mix to network with energy students, faculty and staff, and professionals from the region, or attend one of our public lectures and workshops. Sign up for our newsletter to stay in the loop!
  • Participate in a research project: Energy businesses, non-governmental organizations and agencies are participating in many energy research projects, including Bass Connections in Energy project teams that include students and faculty from across the university.
  • Be a mentor, field trip host, speaker or team member: Care to join us for a Power Lunch? We welcome inquiries from alumni and other professionals who would like to mentor Duke energy students, share your expertise in a Power Lunch, speak to student energy clubs, host a Power Trip, or join a Bass Connections in Energy team. Contact Stacy Peterson, Senior Education Programs Coordinator, to discuss how you can get involved.
  • Contact usContact Suellen Aldina, Director of Engagement and Administration, to discuss any other ideas or questions you have about engaging with our people, programs and other resources.


Mailing Address

Duke University Energy Initiative
Box 90467
Durham, NC 27708

Street / Delivery Address

Duke University Energy Initiative
140 Science Drive
Gross Hall, Suite 101
Durham, NC 27708

Location: Student Wellness Center, Room 148
Time: 10:30 am to 12:15 pm
Location: Fitzpatrick Center, Schiciano Auditorium Side B, room 1466
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Director of Engagement and Administration

    Suellen has more than 20 years' experience in the energy sector, finance, operations and contract negotiations.