* Charles D. “Charlie” Dixon, Hickory attorney, contributed $100,000 to new fund at North Carolina Bar Association for Legal Aid of North Carolina.
* Children’s Home Society of North Carolina received $275,000 grant from Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to expand pre- and post-adoption services for low-income children with mental health issues in seven counties.
* Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation awarded more than $560,000 to 11 groups across state to fund efforts to improve health of vulnerable populations and promote physically active communities.
* Hospice of Wake County received $100,000 from Seby B. Jones Family Foundation for new hospice and palliative care center; funds to be distributed over five years.
* Duke Divinity School received $12 million from The Duke Endowment for Clergy Initiative, seven-year effort to assess, track and improve health of North Carolina’s 1,600 United Methodist ministers.
* University of North Carolina Wilmington received $1 million from Bernard Osher Foundation to endow Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which will provide non-credit courses and other services to adult learners.