Mustang Outreach Program Spring Concert

The Mustang Outreach Program’s Annual Spring Concert, featuring student bands The Tuesdays, The Wednesdays, and The Runaway Turtles, will be held at The Roadside Bar & Grill in Duck on Sunday, April 10 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Local musicians The Conch Shells and Anchor Blazer also will perform.

“Come on out and celebrate that spring is here with some great live music, food, friends, and fun,” said Acting President of the Mustang Outreach Program Shelli Gates. “Our talented students have been working really hard with our Music Director Ruth Wyand and Assistant Music Director Amanda Williams. We are excited for you all to see and hear them perform.”

Admission to the event is free, but donations are requested, as the Spring Concert is a fundraiser. There will also be a 50/50 raffle at the event. All donations will go toward the organization’s programs and classes.

For more information about the Mustang Outreach Program, please visit

The Mustang Outreach Program is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to encourage and cultivate creativity through music with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Duke Nonprofit Management Certificate Course Earns High Marks

Twenty-three Outer Banks nonprofit executives spent eight days in January and February learning intensely. Their online subject matter came straight from Duke University, and their end goal was to obtain a certificate in nonprofit management. Eight instructors, each high-level  educators and/or professionals in their respective fields, led virtual classes on financial management, grant writing, planning and evaluation, social enterprise, employment law, strategic planning, and more. $30,000 in Community Foundation grants assisted in underwriting course expenses for most attendees.

Here is just some of the positive feedback received:

“Having worked as a registered nurse and regional safety-net coordinator, I understood the challenges of accessing health care that uninsured, financially-challenged adults faced. To be an effective Executive Director of a free/charitable clinic, however, I had to learn how to lead so our organization could make positive, social change. The Duke Nonprofit Management Certificate Program taught me the key leadership skills that I needed to form the vision and culture for the Community Care Clinic of Dare staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors.” Lyn Jenkins, Community Care Clinic of Dare

“I sent you guys a thank you before the class began, however; I feel it’s even more apt to thank you in hindsight, given the invaluable experience I had. Everything about the class, including the instructors, the class content, and the interactions with classmates, was topnotch. Please relay my gratitude to everyone involved at Outer Banks Community Foundation.”  Mike Jones, Room In The Inn

“Even as a seasoned non-profit executive the Duke training was fantastic. It gave me the opportunity to engage with some managements tools I hadn’t yet tried. It also provided me with some useful tools to get/keep stakeholders engaged.”  Michelle Lewis, Executive Director, Peace Garden Project

The nonprofit sector is a significant contributor in communities nationwide; that is certainly the case on the Outer Banks, where more than 200 charitable organizations endeavor to create better outcomes for a variety of causes and need areas. Your Community Foundation is dedicated to increasing the capacity of local nonprofits. Sign up for our e-newsletter to keep abreast of upcoming events.


You’re Invited to the Southern Shores Flat Top Tour on April 30

The Southern Shores Historic Flat Top Cottage Tour is back! The 2022 tour will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Tour tickets are just $10.00 per person and will be sold on the day of the tour beginning at 1:00 PM at 156 Wax Myrtle Trail or 13 Skyline Road. The ticket covers all of the cottages on the tour.

Fifty years ago, flat top cottages abounded across the Southern Shores landscape. Known for their distinctive cinder block walls, flat roofs, jewel-toned soffits, juniper paneling, and vertical shutters, Southern Shores flat tops were designed and inspired by Frank Stick (1884-1966), the visionary developer, painter, outdoorsman, and architect (whose son David founded the Outer Banks Community Foundation). Today, less than two dozen flat tops remain, most built from indigenous Outer Banks materials.

Thirteen of Southern Shores’s remaining historic cottages will be open for the tour on April 30:

  • 156 Wax Myrtle Trail (Clarke Cottage, and Tour Headquarters)
  • 13 Skyline Road (Outer Banks Community Foundation, and Second Tour Headquarters)
  • 40 Skyline Road –  the Beach Box flat top
  • 43 Ocean Boulevard – the Powell/Harritt Cottage
  • 69 Ocean Boulevard – Sea Spray – Trisha Farinholt Cottage
  • 113 Ocean Boulevard – the Knight Cottage
  • 157 Ocean Boulevard – Sea Breezes Duplex- Ellie Doyle
  • 170 Ocean Boulevard – Pink Perfection – the Edith Pipkin Cottage
  • 176A & B Ocean Boulevard – the Price Cottage
  • 218 Ocean Boulevard –  the Mackey Cottage
  • 23 Porpoise Run – the Sokol/Clements Cottage
  • 159 Ocean Boulevard – the Falconer Cottage

There are two headquarter cottages where tour tickets will be sold: 156 Wax Myrtle Trail (entrance facing Porpoise Run) and 13 Skyline Road (Outer Banks Community Foundation). Sorry, advance tickets are not available. Maps will also be available at headquarter cottages, detailing the addresses of each open house. Brief histories of the cottages will also be provided. Pinwheels will mark cottages that are open on the day of the event.

All proceeds from the tour will benefit the Flat Top Preservation Fund of the Outer Banks Community Foundation. The Flat Top Preservation Fund is a perpetual endowment that helps fund the maintenance, protection, and preservation of the Community Foundation’s flat top headquarters at 13 Skyline Road. Built in 1953 by Frank Stick, the cottage was donated to the Community Foundation in 2007.

For more information, please contact Sally or Steve Gudas at 804-399-8342 or

2022 Virtual Annual Meeting is 2.22.22

The Outer Banks Community Foundation Board of Directors cordially invites you to attend its 2022 virtual Annual Meeting on Tuesday, February 22 at noon.

We’ll celebrate 2021 community champions and outgoing board members, elect 2022 board members, and acknowledge 40 years of growing and giving, thanks to tireless, talented founders and decades of generous donors & volunteers, through a grateful Community Foundation, to hundreds of nonprofits here at home and throughout the US.

We hope you’ll join us virtually this year. Register for the virtual event via the button below

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thank you! We look forward with pleasure to your participation.


Duke Nonprofit Management Training Coming January 2022

In January 2022, 23 Outer Banks nonprofit leaders will take part in the Duke University Nonprofit Management Intensive Track Program. This eight-session, virtual program explores key areas of nonprofit management through courses taught by instructors who are established practitioners and scholars from a variety of disciplines within the nonprofit arena.  Participants are able to complete the requirement for the Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management through this offering, which has been made possible by Outer Banks Community Foundation donors.

Courses include these areas of nonprofit management: Nonprofit Organizations: Board Development and Governance, Grantwriting/Fundraising, Planning and Evaluation, Integrating Social Enterprise, Employment Law, Human Resource Development, Financial Management and Sustainable Strategic Planning. Participants are given the opportunity to discuss their own challenges and pose questions to the group in their search for knowledge and guidance.

Registered participants have been awarded grants to each receive $1,500 Community Foundation scholarships, reducing their costs to $500 per student. The 2022 class is at capacity; registration is now closed.

“These courses are designed to impart practical, critical skills for  nonprofit leaders,” said Community Foundation President and CEO Chris Sawin. “We applaud this class of local nonprofit leaders for making the investment to learn and grow through this offering, and we are grateful to donors to our Community Fund for making this program possible.”

The Community Fund is the largest and broadest grant-making fund at Outer Banks Community Foundation, and is behind all of the grants, scholarships, and other services and programs it affords. Contributions are most gratefully welcomed to this fund, or any of the more than 200 funds held at the Community Foundation; click here to donate online, or call us at 252-261-8839 if you have questions about making a gift.

Register for Virtual Duke U. Training Series for OBX Nonprofits

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Duke University Nonprofit Management Intensive Track training series for Outer Banks nonprofit leaders in early 2022.

The training explores eight key areas of nonprofit management through courses taught by instructors who are established practitioners and scholars from a variety of disciplines within the nonprofit arena. Participants are able to complete the requirements for the Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management in eight days through this opportunity.

The training is virtual and will be held from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, with a break for lunch, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 and running through February 17:

Tuition is $2,000 for the eight-class course; a $500 savings over the regular program cost. In addition, the Community Foundation is offering to reimburse $1,500 to students sponsored by local nonprofits, upon completion of the program. With a net cost of $500, this represents an enormous bargain for top-rated nonprofit training.

This training is intended both for career nonprofit staff and volunteer nonprofit leaders. Anyone engaged in operating a local nonprofit will benefit from the series.

Classes include:

  • Nonprofit Board Development and Governance
  • Volunteer Engagement
  • Community Engagement and Collaboration
  • Nonprofit Fundraising
  • Grant Writing and Compliance
  • Nonprofit Financial Development and Management
  • Nonprofit Planning & Evaluation
  • Sustainable Strategic Planning for Nonprofits

Individual classes are not available; attendees are required to take the training in its entirety.

For more  details, and the registration link, please contact Bob Muller  at 252-207-5287 or

R. Wayne Gray Memorial Scholarship Fund to Benefit COA Graduates


The R. Wayne Gray Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established at the Outer Banks Community Foundation. R. Wayne Gray (“Mr. Gray” to his many students) was a well-known Wanchese native, poet, historian, restaurateur, and educator who passed away in August 2020; the fund has been created by Mr. Gray’s wife, Nancy, and their three children, Keil Samson, Rheana Watts, and Beach Gray. The memorial scholarship fund will assist Dare County residents who graduate from College of The Albemarle and who plan to continue their education at a four-year college or university.

Mr. Gray taught English at College of The Albemarle (COA) from 2008 to 2018. It was his third career, after first teaching at Dare County schools and then owning and operating Queen Anne’s Revenge restaurant in Wanchese. While at CoA, Gray led the International Club and the Literary Club, guiding his students to publish two collections of locally researched articles on Outer Banks history. Mr. Gray also helped several students continue their education after COA, which led to transfers and four-year degrees from Yale, Mount Holyoke, and other colleges and universities.

The first scholarships will be awarded from the fund in 2022.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer a scholarship opportunity for students who are graduates of College of The Albemarle and who want to pursue a four-year degree,” said Interim Executive Director Bob Muller. “We see this as an important step forward in assisting students who otherwise might struggle to find funding in their third and fourth years of college, and we couldn’t be more grateful to the Grays for their passion for education, forward thinking, and generosity.”

The First Annual R. Wayne Gray Memorial Scholarship Fried Shrimp Dinner will take place on Friday, August 13, from 4 to 7 pm, at Bethany United Methodist Church, 101 Old Wharf Rd, Wanchese. The drive-through dinner will feature plenty of fried shrimp and locally sourced menu items reminiscent of Queen Anne’s Revenge, including Posh Squash, red potatoes, and zucchini muffins. Proceeds from the event will benefit the new scholarship fund.

The new R. Wayne Gray Memorial Scholarship Fund is one of more than 200 funds managed by the Outer Banks Community Foundation. Anyone may contribute to any established fund by simply going to and selecting a fund from a drop-down list, or by including a fund name with a check or other type of donation. Funds can be established with as little as a $1,000 initial investment. The Community Foundation accepts a variety of assets, including gifts from IRAs, beneficiary designations, property, stock, and more. If you are interested in learning about how funds might help you honor a loved one, or create your own legacy, call the Community Foundation at 252-261-8839.

Are you interested in establishing and naming a fund to meet local needs and perpetuate a legacy of giving back to the Outer Banks? Your Community Foundation offers a variety of fund types, including scholarships, donor-advised, and field of interest, to match personal preferences in philanthropy. Find out more here, and reach out to us at 252-261-8839 if we can help you get started.

Community Foundation Announces Manteo Rotary Club Sonny Albarty Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Manteo Rotary Club has established a new scholarship fund, the Manteo Rotary Club Sonny Albarty Memorial Scholarship Fund, at the Outer Banks Community Foundation. The fund honors Roanoke Island native Jefferson “Sonny” Lee Albarty V, an avid outdoorsman and inspiration to many, who passed away at the age of 18 in July, 2020. The new scholarship fund will provide scholarships to graduating Manteo High School and Wanchese Christian Academy seniors, and to Dare County home-schooled students with GED credentials.

Seeded with proceeds from Manteo Rotary’s October 2020 Inshore Slam Fishing Tournament and generous, initial contributions from Sonny’s friends, family members, and individual Rotarians, the endowment will grow over the years to provide academic assistance to local students for generations to come. Anyone can contribute to this fund by mailing a check to the Community Foundation or by donating online at and selecting the Manteo Rotary Club Sonny Albarty Memorial Scholarship Fund from the pull-down funds list.

“Sonny Albarty was a courageous young man and dedicated sportsman who left us too soon. Our club is proud to support the effort to build a memorial fund to support a scholarship in his name,” said Sandy Martin, Co-President of the Manteo Rotary Club. “The criteria we will use to select Sonny Albarty scholarship recipients will reflect his love of the outdoors and a career based on that interest. The selection process involves interviews by a committee of Manteo Rotarians.”

The new scholarship fund is structured as a perpetual endowment, which means that the principal of the fund will remain invested, while the earnings will be awarded each year to worthy Dare County students in the form of college scholarships. The fund is one of 57 scholarship endowments stewarded by the Community Foundation, and one of six managed in partnership with Manteo Rotary, alongside the Percy W. & Elizabeth G. Meekins Scholarship Fund, Manteo Rotary Scholarship Fund, the F.C. Minton Fund,  Jeannette U. McOwen Memorial Scholarship Fund, and the Kellogg Cuthrell Scholarship Fund.

“We are honored to partner again with the Manteo Rotary Club in establishing a new scholarship fund that will provide scholarships for deserving Dare County students,” said Bob Muller, the Community Foundation’s Interim Executive Director. “As the cost of college continues to rise, it is amazing to see generous leaders in our community step up to help our local students achieve their dreams and build their futures.”

Rotary joins leaders from all continents, cultures, and occupations to exchange ideas and take action for communities around the world. The Rotary Club of Manteo was chartered in 1937 and is one of over 35,000 Rotary clubs worldwide. The club conducts the INSHORE SLAM Fishing Tournament to raise funds for scholarships and other projects that benefit our community; information about the tournament can be found at Manteo Rotary meets at 6:00 pm monthly on the first and third Mondays (virtually for now) at The Hungry Pelican Restaurant in Manteo.

The Community Foundation manages 57 different scholarship programs and expects to award about $178,000 to local students in 2021. Scholarships range from one-time awards of $1,000, to four-year awards totaling $24,000. Manteo Rotary Club will handle the scholarship application and award processes for the new Sonny Albarty Memorial Scholarship.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization that connects people who care with causes that matter. Based in a historic flat top cottage in Southern Shores, the Community Foundation manages $22 million across more than 200 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards grants to local nonprofits, administers 57 scholarship programs, and provides tailored services to help donors pursue their charitable interests. Since its inception in 1982, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $12 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students. 


New Bill Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund Established at Community Foundation

The Outer Banks Community Foundation announces the creation of a new scholarship fund, the Bill Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund honors William H. “Bill” Jones, a resident of Kitty Hawk for nearly 40 years, who passed away in October, 2020. The new scholarship fund will ultimately provide scholarships for graduating Currituck and Dare County high school seniors, and to Dare County home-schooled students with GED credentials, to attend Bill’s Alma Mater, N.C. State.

While the scholarship fund was created with initial contributions from Bill’s friends and family members, Bill’s friends have created an annual golf tournament that will celebrate Bill and raise money each year for the scholarship program. The First Annual Bill Jones Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on May 13 at Sea Scape Golf Links in Kitty Hawk. More information about this event can be found on Facebook.

The Bill Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund will grow over the years and will provide financial assistance to college-bound local students for generations to come. Anyone can contribute to this fund by mailing a check to the Community Foundation or by donating online at, and selecting the Bill Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund is one of 57 scholarship endowments stewarded by the Community Foundation.

“We are honored to partner with Bill’s wife, Tamara, and their many friends in establishing a new scholarship fund to provide scholarships for deserving Currituck and Dare County students,” said Bob Muller, the Community Foundation’s Interim Executive Director. “Bill was known for putting others ahead of himself; this new fund promises to inspire future learners to believe in themselves and to perpetuate a legacy of giving back.”

“Bill was passionate about spending time on the golf course with friends, and he organized several tournaments over the years to benefit his beloved Wolf Pack,” said Bill’s wife, Tamara Jones. “Helping kids get to N.C. State, and playing golf for a good cause are fitting tributes to a man who took every opportunity to mentor friends, lend a hand, and help a neighbor. Bill would have loved this, and would have wanted us to take it a step further and invite folks to sponsor a hole, donate a raffle prize, or make plans to join us on the greens.”

The Community Foundation expects to award about $178,000 to local students in 2021. Scholarships range from one-time awards of $1,000, to four-year awards totaling $24,000.


Free Webinar for Nonprofits: How to Grow Your Endowment with Legacy Gifts

In today’s uncertain climate, nonprofit fundraising has rarely seemed more challenging. An endowment fund can provide your organization with financial security and can demonstrate to your donors that your nonprofit is established and strategic. A single legacy gift to your endowment can transform your nonprofit forever by providing reliable and easy annual income for your mission.

Join us on Tuesday, November 10 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm for a free webinar on endowment planning and legacy fundraising. This workshop is for Outer Banks nonprofits of all sizes, with or without current endowments. If your group wants to learn more about building gifts and relationships that will benefit your nonprofit today and for years to come, this workshop is for you. In this engaging, interactive, 90-minute presentation, we will cover:

  • Prospecting: How to identify the best prospects for a planned gift to your endowment
  • Marketing: Good ways of reaching those prospects, and key media and messages to use
  • Talking: How to start a “legacy conversation” one-on-one with your supporters
  • Stewarding: Ways to keep your legacy donors engaged
  • Partnering: How the Community Foundation can support your nonprofit with an endowment fund and planned giving services

About our presenters:

Lorelei Costa has served as Executive Director for the Outer Banks Community Foundation since 2012. A graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, she earned her certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. With 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, Lorelei has worked on diverse projects across North Carolina and Alaska. She is a board member of the NC Network of Grantmakers and the NC Center for Nonprofits, and she recently served on the Community Leadership Council of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

Scott Brown, CFP®, is a Certified Financial Planner with Edward Jones Financial Services. His focus areas are in Estate and Legacy Strategies, Retirement Income Strategies, Intergenerational Planning, Wealth Strategies, Entrepreneurs and Business Owners, and Charitable Giving. His professional goals are to “empower clients to live their best life by organizing, building, preserving, and protecting their wealth…now and for generations to come.” Scott is the 2019-2020 President of the Outer Banks Community Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The event is free, but registration is required. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. You will receive a confirmation email with a webinar link and a calendar placeholder.