The Charities – North Carolina

Currently, these are the charities benefiting from Embrace the Difference® in North Carolina.
We are adding new charities every month!

American Cancer Society - Relay For Life - South Atlantic Division

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer. The American Cancer Society raises funds through a variety of different avenues, but the largest fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is Relay For Life. Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event. It is held overnight to raise money for cancer research and local programs, to celebrate the life of survivors, remember those who lost their lives to cancer, and fight back against cancer. The Relay For Life of New Hanover County will be held on April 25th and April 26th, 2014 at Ashley High School in Wilmington, NC. Last year, Relay For Life of New Hanover County raised over $265,000 and had over 1000 registered participants.

CONTACT: Erin Bright • 910-254-4870 • 2262 Wrightsville Ave, Suite 111, Wilmington NC

LINK: American Cancer Society

Autism Society of North Carolina

Autism Society of North Carolina is a chapter affiliated with the Autism Society of America (ASA), the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, which exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. ASA does this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.

CONTACT: Kristy White • 910-743-0204

LINK: Autism Society of North Carolina

Cape Fear Council Boy Scouts of America

The Cape Fear Council was granted a charter by the National Council, Boy Scout of America in 1926, and since then has been shaping the lives and character of young people throughout the eight counties served by the council. Literally hundreds of thousands of families have turned to the Scouting Program to help; instill in their children a code of moral and ethical conduct, a commitment to community service, leadership skills, duty to country, a reverence toward God and strong character. The life skills youth learn from the Boy Scout program do last a lifetime.

The mission of the Cape Fear Council, Boy Scouts of America is “to foster the character development, citizenship training and physical fitness of young people, and in other ways to prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling values based on those found in the Scout Oath and Law”.

CONTACT: Deborah Forcinto or Trey • 910-395-1100 ext. 14

LINK: Cape Fear Council Boy Scouts of America

disAbility Resource Center of Wilmington

disAbility Resource Center is non-profit organization and Center for Independent Living (CIL) that provides services, free of charge, to individuals with disabilities- regardless of age, to achieve and maintain their highest level of independence. Our goal is to provide the services, assistance, training and advocacy needed to help each individual reach their goals in regards to where they choose to work, live and play. Proceeds from this fundraiser will help us to provide a diverse range of services. 100% of your donation will go to help purchase assistive technology, build ramps and improve safety features in their home. For some individuals it can purchase a one month unlimited bus pass or provide prescription assistance to an uninsured individual who is waiting for their disability claim to be approved. Most importantly in an emergency situation these funds can help with basic necessities such as food, rent and utility assistance. The needs are many and we thank you for your donation.

CONTACT: Gloria Garton • 910-815-6618

LINK: disAbility Resource Center of Wilmington

JDRF Coastal Carolina Branch

The Coastal Carolina Branch of JDRF encompasses nine counties:  Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Robeson and Sampson.  Our goal is to engage with our nine counties to find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications through increased awareness, outreach, and fundraising to support research.

We are focused on growing our overall diabetes network by connecting with the newly diagnosed through the “Bag of Hope” program for pediatric patients and the Adult Type 1 Toolkit and Pumper’s Support Group for the other 80% of  individuals with T1D in our population.

We are in the process of implementing a Young Leaders Professional Board which will provide professional development opportunities as well as social networking for the 21-40 year old Type 1 population and their peers.

Our government relations advocates work to educate our local political representatives about diabetes’ impact and also helps to petition national representatives and the FDA in regards to research and health issues.

JDRF is a volunteer driven organization that is streamlined and efficient in its use of donations.  It consistently receives the highest marks from various Philanthropic rating agencies.  Through funds raised by Walks, Galas, Rides, 3rd Party Events, Major Gifts, and Planned Giving, JDRF has emerged as the only organization that has the resources and expertise to fund research to cure Type I diabetes and its devastating complications.

We are an energized, enthusiastic and committed group of staff and volunteers.  We are proud members of the JDRF Family and we invite you to get to know us and our Coastal Carolina Branch!

CONTACT: Erin Mabry • 910-509-9899

LINK: JDRF Coastal Carolina Branch

Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina

Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.  These wishes are granted to children who live in the 49 North Carolina counties we serve.  During the last year, our chapter granted a record 190 wishes.  Today, we have nearly 200 children waiting for their one true wish, so the need is more urgent than ever.  Wish granting is made possible only by the generous donations from individuals, companies, foundations and organizations in our local community.  Learn how you can share the power of a wish® by visiting our web site at

CONTACT: Ken Boroff • 919-821-7111

LINK: Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina

National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Greater North Carolina Chapter

The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. In 2012 alone, through our home office and 50 state network of chapters, we devoted $122.1 million to programs and services that assisted more than a million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $43.3 million to support more than 350 research projects around the world.

CONTACT: Shannon Hinson • 919-792-1002

LINK: National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Greater North Carolina Chapter


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