North Carolina People, Places, and Things-December 18
I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.
In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.
The Christmas season bring out the best in people especially when it comes to giving to others. In 1924 a man gave a gift that continues to do good will today. James B. Duke in 1924 gave 40 million dollars to establish the Duke Endowment. Upon his death in 1925 it received an additional 67 million dollars.
The Endowment initially supported colleges and universities, hospitals and orphanages in North and South Carolina, and the Methodist church in North Carolina.
Two especially noteworthy early programs of the Endowment were the construction of dozens of community hospitals in North Carolina, which established a national model for rural health care, and a “Summer Preacher Program” designed to offer Duke Divinity School students opportunities to serve and train in rural churches.
The preacher at our church in Lumberton Dr. David Ruth is a graduate of Duke. Photo below shows David with his wife Eva.
Today, the Endowment is among the world’s largest foundations. It continues to focus on helping people and strengthening communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. Since its inception, the Endowment has awarded more than $3 billion in grants, including nearly $1.5 billion to Duke University.
That is a gift that truly has continued to keep giving.