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.

Duke has recently updated its COVID-19 restrictions. Effective June 1, organizations can submit in-person opportunities that are consistent with state guidelines. The recommendations allow for indoor gatherings of up to 100 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 200 people. Face masks should still be required for indoor public spaces. Additionally, strong safety protocols, capacity limits, and social distancing are recommended. Please keep in mind this change goes into effect during the summer months, when fewer Duke students may be available to respond to opportunities. This policy is subject to change based on state or Duke University guidelines. 

Submission and Hiring Process for Work-Study

  1. Agencies should submit a position description by completing an online submission form.
  2. If the request is approved, the agency will receive a Work Study Agreement form which they will need to complete, sign and return to the University.
  3. Once the agreement is processed, the position is 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” 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 submit the reimbursement form with required documentation attached to

*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.

Click here to learn more about “Hiring & Paying Work Study Students”.

Current Work-Study Opportunities

Durham Literacy Center – Communications Assistant

Since 1985, the Durham Literacy Center (DLC) has provided free instruction and tutoring to over 18,000 adults and out-of-school youth. Amid Durham’s exciting growth and change, the DLC remains the leading independent adult literacy provider in Durham County, the only community-based organization focused entirely on adult literacy. The Durham Literacy Center: teaches adults to read and write; prepares out-of-school youth and adult learners to pass high school equivalency tests, such as the GED® and HiSet® ; provides English classes for immigrant adults; provides high school equivalency and life skills classes for incarcerated youth at the Durham County Detention Facility; and trains and supports hundreds of volunteers each year to help students achieve their educational goals.

Responsibilities and Duties: The Durham Literacy Communications Assistant will work with the Director of Development to curate and create content to be shared with internal and external audiences via the DLC’s website, social media, email newsletters, and in print publications such as the DLC’s annual report. Ideally, the 2021-22 Communications Assistant will be able to be on-site at the DLC’s headquarters (located at 1905 Chapel Hill Rd in Durham) once per week. This position will be expected to attend weekly check-in meetings with the Director of Development and to attend weekly staff meetings to stay up to date on internal operations. All other work will be completed independently.

Skills, qualifications or requirements: The Communications Assistant must be tech savvy, a proficient writer, and have an interest in adult literacy, education, or community development. This person should be comfortable working in Microsoft Office and Google Docs and have a background in social media management for businesses or organizations. An ideal candidate would be familiar with Canva, Hootsuite, Mailchimp, Asana, and other digital communications tools. The Communications Assistant will also need to be organized and self-motivated to complete tasks on-time.

Pay: $12.00/hour
Hours: 5-8 hours/week 
Number of positions: 1
Contact Information: Amy Bogie, OR 919-489-8383, ext. 30

Emily Krzyzewski Center – Development Intern

The Emily Krzyzewski Center, a nonprofit organization in Durham, North Carolina, implements four distinct programs designed to build on the academic, career, and leadership potential of students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

Responsibilities and Duties: The development intern assists the Emily K Center development team with daily operations and helps perform fundraising tasks for the nonprofit organization. This may include helping with direct mailings, data entry, thank you letters, research, event planning and logistics, writing and editing, graphic design, and general administrative tasks. Responsibilities include: Supporting the donor acknowledgement process. Assisting with printing and mailing of thank you letters, and helping with writing and editing if interested. Special event support. Assist the development team with planning and execution of events as available. This may include the creation and printing of collateral materials, helping with invitation lists, and assisting with event logistics. Maintaining constituent database records and helping with data entry. Researching new fundraising strategies and opportunities to help grow the Center’s donor base and revenue, specifically digital and peer-to-peer fundraising methods. Providing support for annual appeal mailings, event invitation mailings, and the annual holiday card mailing. General office administration. Track development office inventory and assist with ordering supplies, perform other administrative tasks as time allows. If interested, there are opportunities for the intern to assist with graphic design and social media projects for the development team.

Skills, qualifications or requirements: Detail-oriented, self-motivated, and reliable; Excellent communication and organizational skills; Interest in serving students and families who face systemic barriers to educational and economic success; Understanding and adherence to confidentiality policy. Our office deals with confidential donor information; Ability to work 6-10 hours/week at the Emily Krzyzewski Center (904 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701) between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Pay: $12.50/hour
Hours: 6-10 hours/week 
Number of positions: 1
Contact Information: Sandy York, OR 919-680-0308

Emily Krzyzewski Center – Virtual Monitor

The Emily Krzyzewski Center, a nonprofit organization in Durham, North Carolina, implements four distinct programs designed to build on the academic, career, and leadership potential of students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

Responsibilities and Duties: Maintaining accurate roster of student-tutor pairs and schedule of tutoring sessions Scheduling virtual tutoring sessions (primarily using Zoom and Google Meet) and sharing scheduling information with tutors and students in advance Monitoring all activity that takes place in the virtual tutoring session to ensure all standards for professional and safe interactions are strictly adhered to Assisting tutors and students with troubleshooting technical issues that may occur in the virtual environment as needed Communicating with designated program staff when needed for the purposes of planning, providing feedback, and troubleshooting logistical or technical issues.

Skills, qualifications or requirements: Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment with excellent attention to detail Experience with virtual platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet, Google Hangouts and similar platforms Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) and Google Suite (calendar, docs, sheets, forms), Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills Evidence of commitment to serving students and families from diverse backgrounds effectively Familiarity with safe practices in serving children and youth in educational or nonprofit settings preferred Background clearance and professional references required.

Pay: $12.00/hour
Hours: Approximately 6-8 hours per week. Hours and days vary and are flexible depending on student and tutor schedule and availability.
Number of positions: 3
Contact Information: MaKayla Leak, OR 336-870-4248

America Reads and Counts – Tutor

Become a Duke Tutor with America Reads and Counts!

Orientation, trainings, and regular check-ins provided!

– 2021-22 programming will be VIRTUAL and/or IN PERSON
– Acquire necessary knowledge about Durham, our education system, tutoring strategies, and cultural competency
– Gain experience with teachers and students in the classroom and support local community organizations and schools
– Set your own schedule

Learn more and apply at SITES.DUKE.EDU/ARAC

Jumpstart (Duke’s Chapter) – Corps member

Join Duke’s Chapter of Jumpstart to teach, learn, and inspire.

Whether you’re interested in becoming a teacher, looking for a federal work study opportunity, gaining valuable professional skills to better your career, or simply love spending time with children, Jumpstart is a great way to give to your community and make a lasting impact.

– Gain professional experience working directly with children and teachers in preschool
– Support children’s learning through a research-based curriculum and increasing children’s kindergarten readiness
– Receive ongoing training and support


Join as an AmeriCorps member to receive a Segal Education Award. Must be able to work 12.5 hours a week to be eligible. (Learn more here:

Learn more and apply at

Emily Krzyzewski Center – Social Media Assistant

The Emily Krzyzewski Center, a nonprofit organization in Durham, North Carolina, implements four distinct programs designed to build on the academic, career, and leadership potential of students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

Responsibilities and Duties: Create content for social media platforms that boost scholar/alumni engagement with the organization. Collaborate with the Scholars on Campus team to gain an understanding of how and what we communicate to reach our primary audiences (current scholars/alumni, parents, and other stakeholders). Collect and share stories about program participants and alumni to support campaigns and advocacy efforts. Employ innovative tactics to grow the audiences of each of the program’s social media platforms. Contribute to the team efforts by accomplishing related tasks as needed.

Skills, qualifications or requirements: Currently enrolled or have recently completed college/postsecondary program. Ability to multitask effectively with excellent attention to detail. Strong understanding of the Emily K Center’s mission and culture. Willingness to take independent initiative while fulfilling responsibilities as part of a team. Experience working with Instagram, MailChimp, Hootsuite, Facebook, and/or other social media tools/services. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
Pay: $12.50/hour
Hours: 8-10 hours per week.
Number of positions: 1
Contact Information: Donell Moore, OR (919)680-0308

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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