Doris Duke Foundation

Organization Overview

Established in 1996, the mission of the Doris Duke Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. The mission of the Medical Research Program is to advance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human diseases by strengthening and supporting clinical research. This mission is carried out through grant programs that foster the career development of outstanding young investigators; that encourage innovative approaches to clinical research in targeted disease areas, most recently sickle cell disease; and that nurture research careers among high school and medical school students.  In keeping with the wishes expressed in Doris Duke’s will, the Medical Research Program does not fund research that uses animals.