Game Changer Campaign Finishes with $18.85 Million Raised

The Emily Krzyzewski Center, located in Durham, NC, announced the completion of its three-year Game Changer comprehensive fundraising campaign. Goaled at raising $15 million for the Emily K Center, the campaign reached its end on December 31, 2020, with $18.85 million raised – more than $3 million over its goal.

The Game Changer Campaign provided funding to help support Center operations, enhance educational programs, ensure the Center’s long-term sustainability, and expand the facility. Due to the success of the campaign:

  • Construction is underway on a 7,500 sq. ft. building expansion.
  • The Center’s endowment more than doubled.
  • Seven new, named scholarships were created, including the ‘Brotherhood Endowment,’ a scholarship created and supported by former Duke Men’s Basketball players and managers.
  • The Center grew from serving 500 students in the first year of the campaign to more than 2,000 today.

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“I remember the moment that I found out that I was accepted to the Scholars to College program at the Emily K Center because it was the beginning of something amazing. The people at the Center have pushed me to be my best every step of the way.”

– Javi Currently attending University of Pennsylvania

“I cannot imagine life without the Emily K Center. I go to the Center every week, sometimes even when it is not my curriculum night. I feel like I am in a safe space surrounded by people who only want to help me succeed when I am the Center. Without the Emily K Center, I wouldn’t be going to college.”

– Cinthia Scholars to College, Class of 2018

You Can Be A Game Changer

Learn more about what the Emily K Center means to our students, families, and our Founder and Board Chair, Mike Krzyzewski. Join our team and be a Game Changer for even more Durham students.

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