Grants & Grantees

Established in 1996, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) supports four national grant-making programs: the Arts Program, the Child Well-being Program, the Environment Program and the Medical Research Program. It also supports the African Health Initiative as well as the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, which has one grant-making program: the Building Bridges Program. All the before-mentioned programs and initiatives are headquartered in DDCF’s New York office.

In order to develop the foundation’s grant-making strategies, the foundation's program staff conducts extensive research to identify gaps or needs in the fields it supports. Typically, this research leads to the development of a grant "initiative," which supports a set of related grants that advance a specific goal or objective. Once an initiative is developed, grants are awarded in a variety of ways, including foundation-initiated invitations to apply, re-granting competitions that are administered by service organizations and competitions that are run using request-for-proposal processes. Occasionally, the foundation also supports opportunistic grants that are more broadly related to the programs' missions.

DDCF’s activities are also guided by the will and individual passions of Doris Duke, who endowed the foundation with her personal assets.

Grant-Making Process

The foundation's program staff conducts extensive research to identify gaps or needs that the foundation can address in the fields it supports. Typically, this research leads to the development of a grant "initiative," which supports a set of related grants that advance a specific goal or objective.

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Grant Recipients

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's online grantee database offers a sortable listing of all grants made by the foundation's grant-making programs since 1997.

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Grantee Spotlight

The Cedar Cultural Center

The Cedar Cultural Center, nestled in Minneapolis’ “Little Mogadishu,” received Building Bridges Program support for “Midnimo” to unite Somali musicians and Augsburg College jazz bands—and ultimately the community at large.

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