Nonprofit Capacity

A large crowd of Duke students at the Durham Food bank posing with produce

Durham and Community Affairs is committed to supporting nonprofits and faith-based organizations through capacity-building activities such as grant writing and board development, resources such as grants, research and volunteerism, and programmatic support.

For Community Partners

ConnectCommunity Platform

Create a profile for your organization and share opportunities to connect with Duke students, staff and faculty.

Submit Opportunities

Community-Based Federal Work Study

Duke provides a wide variety of community-based work-study opportunities for students interested in working with nonprofit organizations in Durham. These positions provide students with meaningful skill development and sustained employment and organizations with skilled labor at minimal cost. Organizations hosting a community-based federal work-study position are reimbursed for 90% of the cost of a work-study student.

In an effort to reduce risk amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, all Community Based Federal Work-Study positions offered to Duke students must be remote opportunities. In-person positions cannot be submitted and will not be listed at this time.

Submission and Hiring Process for Work-Study

  1. Agencies should submit a position description by completing an online submission form.
  2. Agency completes pages 1-4 of the Off-Campus Agreement and submits it to The agreement (pages 1 – 4) must be completed and on file before the position is posted online. Please note that this needs to be submitted annually even if the position description has not changed.
  3. The position description is reviewed and posted with Duke Civic Engagement and the Duke List for part-time employment.
  4. Interested students contact the nonprofit organization to be interviewed. Students must be eligible for federal or Duke work-study.*
  5. Agency identifies a student to hire and submits “Hire Form” (page 5) to The “Hire Form” is found here. It must be completed and on file prior to hiring a work-study student.
  6. Agency hires the student through the organization’s established pay routine and the student is paid by the organization for hours worked. After payment to student, the agency will contact the Office of Student Loans & Personal Finance to request reimbursement for student earnings based on the work-study award of the student.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Agencies may consider Duke work-study even if the selected student does not qualify for federal work-study. Please be aware that Duke work-study is funded by the university and the reimbursement rate is 50% of student earnings. Federal work study is funded by the federal government and has a reimbursement rate of 90% of student earnings.

Resources for Connecting with Duke

Do you need more volunteers? Do you have an upcoming project for which you might like to collaborate with Duke faculty and students? Do you know what resources are available at Duke for funding, space use, training or consultations?

The resources listed below are intended to assist in your navigation of Duke. If you have questions about the resources available, or if you have changes or additions to the list, please contact

Volunteer & Staff Recruitment



The ConnectCommunity platform, managed by Duke Civic Engagement, allows community partners to create organization profiles and post engagement opportunities for Duke students, staff, and faculty.

Duke Alums Engage

Duke Alums Engage organizes Duke alumni in the Triangle to participate in local volunteer projects.

Duke Career Center

The Duke Career Center works with employers to build a recruiting strategy, post a job or attend a career fair. The Career Center has these and many other resources for local employers seeking exceptional candidates.

Duke Partnership for Service (dPS)

Duke Partnership for Service is the governance organization for student service and social action groups on campus. They connect Duke students with service organizations and community projects.

Partnership Opportunities

CASE i3 Consulting Program (CASE i3CP)

Through CASE i3CP, organizations can engage a team of MBA students to address an impact investing challenge they are facing. Your organization will benefit from the passion, fresh perspective and technical expertise students bring to the project, while students benefit from the opportunity to apply their academic learning in impact investing to a real-world issue.

Community Engagement and Research Translation Cores, Duke University Superfund Research Center

The Community Engagement and Research Translation Cores of the Duke University Superfund Research Center work with communities across North Carolina affected by environmental contaminants. Communities can contact us with short-term requests for information related to environmental contamination or with proposals for longer term engagement through participatory research projects and/or education and outreach activities.


Through Data+, organizations can work with Duke students and faculty to help them analyze and visualize data sets to make policy and programming decisions.

Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership

The DDNP is a collaborative open to 14 neighborhood associations close to Duke’s campus. This collaborative grounds our neighborhood and housing work in the experiences of grassroots organizations and individuals.


Through DukeEngage, students and faculty collaborate with communities – locally and globally – to address critical social issues. The 2021 DukeEngage-Durham program focuses on working with local migrant youth and Durham community organizations to address both the growing inequalities in sectors of housing, health care, education and transportation and the collective trauma these injustices foster.

Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators (DISI)

DISI convenes interdisciplinary graduate student teams that provide pro-bono consulting and technology services to social organizations in Durham and beyond. The organization provides students with the opportunity to gain experience beyond the classroom in a collaborative environment while strengthening the work of change-makers at the intersection of technology, business, and public policy.

Duke Law School: Duke Legal Clinics

The Duke Law School Legal Clinic is a resource for those in the Durham community and beyond who do not otherwise have access to legal services. The Clinic operates collectively like a public interest law firm with several distinct practice areas which include: Appellate Litigation, Children’s Law, Civil Justice, Community Enterprise, Environmental Law & Policy, First Amendment, HIV/AIDS Policy, Health Justice, International Human Rights, Start-up Ventures and Wrongful Convictions.

Duke Service-Learning

Duke Service-Learning works with faculty and community partners to provide hands-on experiences for students that complement the educational objectives of academic courses and foster ethical collaborations with partners. Students commit to 20 hours per semester with the community partners associated with their courses.

Fuqua on Board

The Fuqua on Board (FOB) program matches Duke MBA students with Durham-area nonprofits to serve as non-voting board members. Over the course of a year-long apprenticeship, pairs of students work closely with a board mentor, participate regularly in board and relevant committee meetings, and complete a project designed to map directly to improving board governance and functioning. FOB is selective for both students and nonprofits, and recruitment for new organizations begins in July of every year.

Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum (FCCP)

Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum (FCCP) students receive course credit towards their degree at Duke University while working with businesses and nonprofit organizations. Students receive no compensation and will not be considered professional consultants or employees. Every student is expected to participate equally in all project-related activities. This partnership does not imply any endorsement by Duke University or Fuqua School of Business.

Hart Leadership Program: Enterprising Leadership Initiative

The Enterprising Leadership Initiative introduces students to the study of leaders and organizations dedicated to market-based solutions to social problems. PPS 265: Enterprising Leadership provides students with the opportunity to work in groups on projects with and for community organizations. See a list of past projects at

Hart Leadership Program: Research Service-Learning Pathway (RSL)

Through RSL, partner organizations can work with public policy faculty and students over the course of a semester. Groups of 4-6 students perform sustained service for the organization, as well as collaborate on a community-based research project that will benefit the organization beyond the period of direct service. Students are expected to dedicate a minimum of 20 hours over the course of the semester (the 20 hours includes both service and research).

Nicholas School of the Environment: Certificate in Community-Based Environmental Management (C-CBEM)

Graduate students completing the C-CBEM Certificate program every spring complete in-depth projects that are designed and implemented in collaboration with community-based organizations throughout North Carolina that focus on sustainability, broadly defined. Applications for student projects can be found on our website and are due every year on Dec 1.

Sanford Board Leadership Initiative (SBLI)

The SBLI places Duke Masters in Public Policy students as non-voting members on local nonprofit leadership boards for one calendar year. This partnership offers nonprofits strategic support from graduate students with policy-specific knowledge and the opportunity for students to learn about nonprofit governance.

Funding, Training, & Resources

Community Care Fund

Triangle nonprofits can apply for Duke Doing Good funding through the campaign’s Community Care Fund competitive grant making program. Since the fund was created in 2009, dozens of nonprofits have received grants for projects meeting significant community needs.

Duke Continuing Studies Nonprofit Management Program

The program provides affordable, practical and accessible non-credit courses and certificate programs for people working in and with the nonprofit arena, whether they are paid staff, directors, board members, philanthropists or volunteers.

Duke Continuing Studies: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Founded in 1977 as the Duke Institute for Learning in Retirement, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI at Duke) is a 2,500-member organization that offers over 350 courses per year in the Arts and Sciences, Wellness, and Finances to persons aged 50 and older.

Duke Continuing Studies: Professional Certificates

Whether you are looking to upgrade skills in your current field or looking for training in a whole new area, our Professional Certificates can help you take that next step on your career track. A variety of online and classroom programs are available.

Duke Continuing Studies: Youth Programs

Duke Youth Program has provided summer academic enrichment for academically motivated youth for over 30 years. Each summer approximately 650 youth from around the nation and world, representing some 22 states and 5 different countries, attend one of our summer programs. The program seeks to engage learners in innovative, interactive, transformative learning experiences.

The Bull Pen – Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E)

Located at 215 Morris Street in historic Downtown Durham, the Bullpen features collaboration, event, meeting, and classroom space as well as the Duke I&E offices.

Conference and Event Services

The Conferences & Event Services office reserves facilities in the Campus Center (Bryan Center, West Union, Penn Pavilion, Health and Wellness, and the BC Plaza) as well as rooms in the East Union, McClendon Tower and Keohane Atrium, and the Abele Residential and Baldwin Quads along with the East Campus Gazebo.


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