With Your Support

Many visitors ask us, "How do you keep this place up and running?" Our answer: volunteers, donations, and one amazing support group. Giving your time to help us with events and the day to day running of the site is one of the most valuable things you can do. If however, you cannot give your time you can always make a donation to the site.

 Want to Donate to Duke Homestead?

Simply click below to donate using PayPal. It's fast and safe and helps us do great things at Duke Homestead.

Where does your money go?

Before you give, you might be asking what will my money be doing here at Duke Homestead? A better question might be, what won't your money be doing? The money donated by the friends and fans and average visitor of Duke Homestead gets used in many different ways all to benefit you and the community around us.

Who does your money go to? Well just like when you put a dollar in our donation box on site, your online donation goes to the Duke Homestead Education and History Corporation. The Corporation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of the Duke Homestead State Historic Site and Tobacco Museum. These are the same fantastic folks who help us run our gift shop. The money they collect (also known as your donations) goes to do all the amazing things you see below.

Currently Duke Homestead puts on eight events every year. Wow that's a lot of events! Did you know almost all of our events are completely free? Your donations help make that happen. In fact our entire events budget comes out of donations. That's everything from advertising to entertainment to fun historic activities to bags of ice and bales of hay, all covered by the money you give.

The money you give helps make your day to day visits fun and interesting by allowing us to put on a series of temporary exhibits. Temporary exhibits let us share stories we might not otherwise get to tell. Stories that you won't get to hear anywhere else. Stories that teach us what it means to be from Durham, from North Carolina and from the United States.

Supporting Duke Homestead means supporting your local community. Each month we offer educational programming to students from elementary to high school on site. Your donations help make those programs a success and are helping us expand programming in the coming school year. We also help run the history club at the Y.E. Smith Elementary school on Friday afternoons. The money you give supports each activity and makes history matter for these students.

It's a lot of work taking care of a museum. It's even more work when you add five historic buildings in the mix. Your donations help us with all the little things. Trust us, little things add up to make a big difference! It all adds up to helping us keep our historic site open to the public free of charge.

The Duke Homestead Education and History Corporation is a 501(c)3 non-Profit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

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