Listen With Your Heart

At Student U, we believe that listening with our hearts is essential to creating an environment where students can thrive. Over the past year, we’ve engaged deeply with our community to understand their needs, leading to the development of a strategic growth plan for the next 3-5 years. To achieve our bold aspirations and make a lasting impact on students’ lives, we need your support. Your donation will not only be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000, but it will also ensure that the dreams of our community are fulfilled. Together, let’s build a Durham where every student succeeds. Donate today and double the impact!

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Frequently Asked Questions


How will my donation be used?
Your contribution will be instrumental in advancing our mission to empower and prepare first-generation college students in Durham Public Schools, as well as their families and educators, to emerge as the transformative leaders our city needs. The funds will enable us to walk alongside students and their families throughout their educational journey, offering comprehensive support from 6th grade through college graduation, ensuring they receive holistic support at every pivotal stage.


Is Student U a registered nonprofit?
Yes. Student U is a Durham nonprofit 501(c)3 organization (tax ID # 27-3460491). All donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-814-5400. The license is not an endorsement by the State.

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What percentage of my donation goes directly to supporting students?

We are dedicated to responsible financial management, ensuring the sustainability of our efforts until we achieve our vision of a Durham where all students thrive. It brings us pride that 92% of our revenue directly contributes to the heart of Student U’s mission — our 11-year pipeline of services.

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What success has the Student U achieved?
Participants who remain engaged in our programs from start to finish achieve remarkable results. Since our inaugural class in 2014, we boast a 100% high school graduation rate, and over a 6-year period, 55% of our students have successfully graduated from college. Beyond academic achievements, our students thrive in uncovering their fullest potential and cultivating their passions, exemplifying success on multiple fronts. Discover the significant impact of Student U’s efforts by exploring our latest Impact Report.


How can I stay updated on Student U’s activities?
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Who do I contact if I have more questions about donating?
For questions regarding your charitable contribution, please contact our Development Director, Connor Kirkfarmer at


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