Extraordinary Gifts is one of six business enterprises operated by Extraordinary Ventures.

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Join us in our mission to create meaningful employment opportunities to highlight the abilities of an often-overlooked workforce: adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Extraordinary Ventures is a 501c3 organization and your donation is tax deductible.


Extraordinary Ventures is a non-profit based in Chapel Hill, NC.

Our mission is to create and nurture self-sustaining small businesses with the philosophy that all people are employable. We focus on providing employment opportunities for an often overlooked workforce – Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities such as autism.

We are an organization operating on a true business model to produce high-quality goods and services.

For more than 15 years, Extraordinary Ventures has been working toward bettering our community and local economy by meeting consumer needs through operating a portfolio of sustainable businesses.

With every purchase at Extraordinary Gifts, you contribute to creating meaningful employment for a neurodiverse workforce.

Extraordinary Gifts also partners with other local inclusive employers for supplies and design services as much as possible to amplify the impact of each purchase throughout the community.


  • Selecting a meaningful holiday gift for corporate partners and high value clients can be excruciatingly tedious. Thankfully, Extraordinary Gifts was able to create the perfect solution for our business in the form of a custom candle that spoke to both our core values and the specific mission of Extraordinary Ventures. They were even able to coordinate delivery of the candles to our numerous branch offices across North Carolina. Aside from the support our business provides to Extraordinary Ventures's goal of creating employment for all people, these candles presented a turn-key solution to our corporate branding that could not have been easier. I cannot speak highly enough of our partnership with Extraordinary Ventures and hope that other groups will consider the meaningful impact that working with Extraordinary Ventures can have on our community.

    Daniel Hatley, Owner/Managing Attorney, iTicket.law
  • Extraordinary Gifts’ custom candles were a perfect gift for our stakeholders.  Extraordinary Ventures was very easy to work with and they designed beautiful, custom labels for the candles that highlighted our brand.  We always try to work with vendors who hire people with developmental disabilities, but at Extraordinary Ventures the real reason we keep going back to them is because the product is superior.  I would highly recommend them to any group connected with the developmental disability community.

    Alison Singer, President, Autism Science Foundation
  • Extraordinary Ventures wants the same for people with intellectual disabilities as we do in Special Olympics.  We’re both working to provide opportunities to improve their lives and make them an equal part of our communities.  Special Olympics uses sports as a foundation and Extraordinary Ventures uses job skills and training. We’re pleased to partner with Extraordinary Ventures by buying products that they make.

    Keith Fishburne, President & CEO of Special Olympics NC
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