The North Carolina Bar Foundation Endowment holds the Legal Aid of North Carolina Fund, which was initiated in 2007 with a lead gift of $100,000 from Charles D. Dixon (1925-2016). Matched by law firms across the state, bolstered by generous gifts from individual donors, and solidified by a transformative $1,000,000 gift from Mr. Dixon’s estate in 2018, the LANC Fund has grown to over $2,300,000.
Among other legal aid programs, grant funding from the LANC Fund supports the Charles D. Dixon Legal Aid Fellowship. The Dixon Fellowship is a two-year LANC staff attorney position in Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Morganton office that serves Alexander, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga and Yancey counties in northwest North Carolina.
Dixon Fellows handle a general caseload in traditional areas of poverty law practice, including housing, domestic violence, public benefits, consumer rights, employment and elder law issues. Dixon fellows have a demonstrated commitment to social justice and community service with an interest in serving low-income people in a rural setting.
“Mr. Dixon was a visionary,” shared Caryn McNeill, past-president of the NCBA + NCBF.
“His gift invites all our members to see our Foundation as he saw it – as a powerful philanthropic partner that supports the causes we lawyers and legal professionals are most passionate about.”
We hope you will consider a gift in support of the NCBF to further pro bono and public service programs and Endowment grants in support of legal service providers across North Carolina. Together the legal profession can do great things!