OUR HISTORY

FOUNDING YEARS

For more than 32 years, the Dementia Alliance of North Carolina has provided educational programs and support services for families across the state, and has funded dementia research at our state universities and academic institutions. And while our name has changed, our commitment to providing local dementia support, education and research for years to come remains stronger than ever.

1980: AlzNC Formed at Duke University

Alzheimers North Carolina (AlzNC) was formed at Duke University in 1980 under the guidance of Governor Bob Scott, medical professionals and a group of families affected by the disease. The organization’s purpose was to provide assistance to North Carolina families affected by a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

1982: AlzNC Officially Incorporated

AlzNC affiliated with the national Alzheimer’s Association, which had just formed in Chicago and was officially incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

1986: AlzNC Becomes the Eastern NC Chapter

AlzNC received a grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Health Care Trust to establish operations in Raleigh, separating from Duke and becoming the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

2001: The Guardian Angel Thrift Shop Opens

The Guardian Angel Thrift Shop located in Fuquay-Varina opened its doors to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research. Due to the generosity of the Gaddis Family, annual profits raised at the shop benefit the research initiative of the Dementia Alliance of North Carolina. To date, those contributions total more than $2MM.

2009: A Stand Alone 501(c)3 Charity is Formed

Wanting to ensure all the donations raised in North Carolina stay in our state, the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association disaffiliated from the national organization, becoming a stand alone 501(c)3 charity and taking the name Alzheimers North Carolina in order to focus its efforts and 100% of funding on meeting the needs of North Carolinians.

2015: Task Force is Formed to Benefit Alzheimer's Disease

The North Carolina Institute of Medicine with support from the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services established a Task Force to begin work creating a North Carolina State Plan for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. AlzNC was one of seven Steering Committee organizations directed to guide the process and, to this day, continues to be a stakeholder and partner in the plan’s implementation across the state. The final plan was approved by the NC legislature and published in 2016.

2018: AlzNC is Rebranded to Dementia Alliance of NC

In 2018, AlzNC underwent a complete rebrand. The organization established a new identity and name: Dementia Alliance of North Carolina (DANC) to more accurately communicate its mission, vision and unique role to support caregivers and individuals across the state, who are impacted by all types of dementia, including but not limited to Alzheimer’s.  Through collaboration and partnerships we engage residents of North Carolina in local and statewide support for dementia friendly communities, development of caregiver resources, building public awareness and funding research for all types of dementia.

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