Your support of the Emily K Center truly makes a difference in our work to help Durham students chart their own paths to college. Thank you — We can’t do it without you!

Support the Center

As an independent, 501(c)(3) organization that is wholly donor funded, we rely on the generosity of businesses, foundations, and individuals to help us provide our educational programs. Gifts made to the Center help support our students and their dreams of college.

Support the Annual Fund

Your support of the annual fund provides critical operational resources for our four programs!

How Is The Center Funded?

Coach K is the founder, inspiration, and Board Chair for the Emily K Center. It is important to note, however, that we are not his private foundation. The Emily K Center is an independent 501(c)(3) organization, and we rely on support from generous individuals and organizations to provide our academic programs. During our last fiscal year, 54% of our funding came from individuals. The remaining support came from corporations (27%); foundations (12%); events (6%); and programs/rentals (1%).

EmergeOrtho Center-Level Sponsor

Thank you to Center-level sponsor EmergeOrtho! Through this five-year partnership, EmergeOrtho is providing generous support for the Emily K Center and our students. Their partnership also guarantees premier sponsorship placement at key events like our Mother’s Day Ball. For more information on becoming a Center-level sponsor, write to Sandy York at

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2020-2021 Donors

We are grateful to the many supporters who make our work possible. Thank you!

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