Nonprofit news roundup, 01.26.18

Autism Society gets $2.5 million

The Autism Society of North Carolina is getting a donation of $2.5 million from the Evernham Family-Racing for a Reason Foundation to support IGNITE, a peer-to-peer program in Davidson for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.

The Foundation generated the funds through the sale at auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., of a 2017 Ford GT donated to it by businessman Ron Pratte.

With the donation, the Autism Society will open a new location of IGNITE.

North Carolina Bar Foundation getting final bequest gift

The North Carolina Bar Foundation is getting the final of three gift payments totaling nearly $1 million from the estate of the late Charles D. Dixon, and has designated the funds to the NCBF Endowment’s Legal Aid of North Carolina Fund, which Dixon helped launch in 2007 with a lead gift of $100,000.

Proceeds from the endowed gift will underwrite a dedicated position in the Morganton office of Legal Aid of North Carolina. The office serves Alexander, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga and Yancey counties in northwest North Carolina

The Foundation already has received gifts of $132,218 and $750,000 from Dixon’s estate, and expects a final gift of about $100,000.

Dixon, a Hickory attorney who practiced for over 60 years with Patrick, Harper & Dixon, died in 2016.

College students, faculty volunteer for community projects

Students and faculty from High Point University joined community members on Martin Luther King Jr.s’ birthday on January 15 in 33 service projects throughout the city, contributing over 1,500 hours on projects ranging from community gardens, painting, and cleaning community centers, to clothing drives and preparing and packaging meals.

Puritz to chair investment committee for N.C. Outward Bound School

Scott Puritz, managing director and co-founder of Rebalance IRA in Palo Alto, Calif., and Bethesda, Md., has been named Chair of the North Carolina Outward Bound School’s Investment Committee.

N.C. Legislative Black Caucus Foundation gets sponsor

Greg Lindberg, founder of Durham investment company Eli Global will serve as a Signature Sponsor of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus Foundation for the next five years.

Duplin County groups get disaster funds

Duplin County Community Foundation received $2,500 from the North Carolina Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund and will give $1,250 to Duplin Christian Outreach Ministries and $1,250 to East Duplin Christian Outreach.

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