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Mary Duke Biddle Foundation

by Wiley J. Williams, 2006

See also: Biddle, Mary Duke (UNC Press, DNCB)

Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, established in 1956 in New York City and now headquartered in Durham, provides support for private higher and secondary education, specified churches, cultural programs (particularly in music, dance, and theater), projects in the arts, and aid to the community and the handicapped. Giving is limited to North Carolina and New York City, with half of the grants committed to Duke University in the form of support for program development, conferences and seminars, fellowships, and scholarships. By the early 2000s, the foundation had awarded grants totaling more than $28 million.


Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Fifteen Year Report, 1956-1970 (1970).

Charles W. Stanford, Art for Humanity's Sake: The Story of the Mary Duke Biddle Gallery for the Blind (1976).

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