Building linkages across all of Duke’s schools and interdisciplinary units, Bass Connections depends on partnership. We extend the principle of collaboration to the many communities in which our project teams are active. Most Bass Connections project teams work with community partners outside Duke, including nonprofits, universities, school systems, hospitals, government agencies and private companies. Teams have worked with 155 partners in 31 countries on five continents in addition to cities and towns around the U.S., the Carolinas and right here in Durham.
Partners Beyond Duke
Engagement with External Partners
In 2017-2018, 90 percent of the team leaders who responded to the end-of-year survey reported that their team engaged externally in some way, including having an external client or community partner, collecting data from participants outside of Duke and consulting external organizations for guidance. Twenty-nine project teams had one or more formal community partners or clients, totaling 94 external affiliates. And each Data+, Story+ and Student Research Training team had a partner, sponsor or client.
Please contact us to learn more about getting involved as a community partner.
We increasingly field inquiries from educational institutions looking to learn about the Bass Connections model and our approach to collaborative, interdisciplinary, problem-centered inquiry. We welcome the opportunity to share our knowledge and work with colleagues.
By investing in Bass Connections, our alumni and friends play a vital role both in building this transformative program to its full potential and helping to set Duke apart among top universities. And through the Bass Challenge, which will match one dollar for every two dollars you contribute (a 1:2 match) of all endowment or expendable gifts to the program from $100,000 and up, you can increase the impact of your gift dramatically.