Alzheimer’s group wins independence

Alzheimers North Carolina
Alzheimers North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. – Two years after the advocacy group split from its parent organization, Alzheimers North Carolina has won the right to operate as an independent nonprofit, The News & Observer in Raleigh reported April 26.

According to an arbitration agreement, the Raleigh-based group now is free of the Chicago-based Alzheimer’s Association and no longer must pay dues to the national organization.

The arbitration agreement stipulates the national group must pay $203,344 in legal costs to the local chapter, which itself must pay $68,000 owed the Alzheimer’s Association under a prior fundraising agreement.

The local chapter seceded in 2009, seeking greater independence in its programming and relief from rules that forced it to turn over a significant share of its fundraising dollars while receiving none of the direct-mail proceeds raised from its constituents by the national group.

After the split, the Alzheimer’s Association asked the North Carolina organization to turn over its assets, worth an estimated $1 million, in return for using the Association’s name, trademarks and branding.

“We are deeply disappointed with this outcome, but do understand the arbitrators’ decision to enable this organization to continue operations,” Kate Meyer, director of public relations for the Alzheimer’s Association, says in a statement.

Alzheimers North Carolina now can keep the money it raises and spend it according to donors’ wishes, and can add additional programming, including support groups and counseling.

“The arbitration when much longer than we expected but the result was in our favor,” Alice Watkins, director of the North Carolina group, says in a statement. “I am very happy and I’m ready for some good stuff to happen.”

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