The North Carolina Bar Foundation has received its largest gift ever, a nearly $1 million bequest that has been designated to the NCBF Endowment’s Legal Aid of North Carolina Fund.
The bequest comes from the estate of Charles D. Dixon, who helped launch the fund in 2007 with a lead gift of $100,000. Dixon, a Hickory attorney who practiced for more than 60 years with Patrick, Harper & Dixon, died in 2016. He was inducted into the NCBA General Practice Hall of Fame in 2003 and was a past president of the Catawba County Bar Association and the 25th Judicial District Bar.
Proceeds from the endowed gift, which was formally announced at an event Jan. 24 in Raleigh, will underwrite a dedicated position in LANC’s Morganton office, which serves Alexander, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga and Yancey counties in northwest North Carolina.
“Endowing a position in Morganton in his name would be the most appropriate way to honor Mr. Dixon,” said George Hausen, executive director of LANC. “That way, there will be hundreds of poor people who will be given legal representation in ways they otherwise would not have. The gift really has an impact on the work that we do. And by using these funds for a specific purpose in the office that serves Mr. Dixon’s community, his gift will continue to give back to his community.”
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that was established by the North Carolina Bar Association, with which it is closely affiliated.