Community Foundation Announces Executive Director Transition

The Board of Directors of the Outer Banks Community Foundation has announced a leadership transition for the Foundation’s staff. Long-time Executive Director Lorelei Costa is departing the Outer Banks to become the next Executive Director and CEO of the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts in Virginia. The Community Foundation’s Board is launching a search for the next Executive Director, and Bob Muller will act as Interim Director during the search.

“We are very grateful to Lorelei for her eight years of unwavering and dedicated devotion to the people of the Outer Banks in general, and to our Community Foundation, specifically,” said Clark Twiddy, President of the Community Foundation.

During Lorelei’s tenure, the Outer Banks Community Foundation nearly tripled in size, in both its annual grant-making and in its endowment. Most recently, Lorelei led significant relief efforts in the Outer Banks during the COVID pandemic, helping hundreds of families with childcare and educational needs during remote learning, and in 2019 after Hurricane Dorian, raising over $1.5 million in the weeks after the storm, rebuilding hundreds of households across Ocracoke and Hatteras.

“Lorelei has left an indelible legacy,” said Clark. “She leaves the Outer Banks Community Foundation poised to create more positive change for people and places on our beloved Outer Banks than at any time in our 39-year history.”

“I can hardly begin to express how blessed I feel to have served the Community Foundation over the past eight years,” said Lorelei. “Although my new position is an amazing opportunity for my career and my family, I am so grateful for every day that I’ve worked with the Foundation.”

The Suffolk Center for the Cultural Arts is the premier visual and performing arts venue for Suffolk. Located in the restored Suffolk High School in the heart of downtown, it boasts a theater, art galleries, and classrooms, housing both world-class and community-based art. Lorelei will be filling the shoes of Susan Babiy Lawrence, who was hired as the Suffolk Center’s first employee in 2001 and is retiring from the Center after serving as Executive Director and CEO since 2018.

Lorelei’s last day with the Community Foundation will be Friday, March 12. Bob Muller, who is currently serving as the Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Coordinator, will become Interim Executive Director on March 15. Bob is no stranger to the Community Foundation; he served on the Foundation’s Board of Directors from 2011 to 2016, acting as Treasurer in 2013 and 2014, and as President in 2015.

“We are very grateful to Bob Muller for stepping in as Interim Executive Director while a search is underway,” continued Clark. “Bob’s experience with our Community Foundation spans more than a

decade and includes involvement at many levels. He was instrumental in our efforts after Hurricane Dorian, and understands a great deal of our Community Foundation’s operations. We are fortunate to have his guidance as we transition to new leadership.”

Developmental Associates of Chapel Hill has been retained to lead the search for the Community Foundation’s next Executive Director. Developmental Associates has been providing talent identification, talent development, and management consulting services for over 20 years. The search firm will work with the Community Foundation’s internal search committee, comprised of board, staff, and organization stakeholders. The search committee will be led by Board member David Shufflebarger.

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 200 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards grants to local nonprofits, administers 55 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 $11 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students. 

Community Foundation Awards $37,500 in Rapid Response Grants

The Outer Banks Community Foundation board of directors recently approved $37,500 for COVID-related projects in its eighth round of Rapid Response Grants funding, supporting the work of area nonprofits who serve vulnerable community members. The grants will help Dare County families afford childcare and tutoring while students are learning remotely. To date, the Community Foundation has awarded nearly $350,000 in Rapid Response grants related to COVID.

“Donors who established funds decades ago are joined by contributors giving generously today to help their neighbors,” said Community Foundation Executive Director Lorelei Costa. “Current grants are being made thanks to community supporters, past and present, and we could not be more grateful.”

The YMCA E-Learning Academy was awarded funding to extend student scholarships and give families in need safe, productive opportunities for their pre-school and school-aged children. The YMCA offers daytime child care and remote learning services, enabling parents to keep their jobs and ensure their children’s educational needs are being met while schools are closed. To find out more about the YMCA E-Learning Academy, programs, please call 252-449-8897.

The Community Foundation is also supporting families through a grant to Interfaith Community Outreach. Through Community Foundation funding, Interfaith will offer monetary assistance to families with financial need to help pay for any type of childcare and/or tutoring the family may need. “Whether it’s a babysitter, a childcare facility, a special needs educator, or an afterschool tutor helping a child learn English, this grant to Interfaith will help families give their children with the support and care they need to be safe and succeed in remote learning,” said Ms. Costa. Families can apply for assistance at www.interfaithoutreach.com/assistance, or by calling 252-480-0070.

You can help more families in our community get the support they need. To contribute to the Community Fund, visit www.obcf.org/donate or call 252-261-8839 for more information.

In addition to COVID-related projects, the Community Foundation is also accepting applications for any charitable project benefiting the Outer Banks through the Community Enrichment Grants Program. Community Enrichment Grants are offered on a competitive basis for any kind of nonprofit program, including: arts & culture; animal welfare; children & youth; education; the environment; disaster relief & mitigation; health; historic interpretation & preservation; and other human services. Applications for Community Enrichment Grants are due by January 29 and must be submitted via the Community Foundation’s online system. Community Enrichment Grants will be awarded on March 11. All applicants for any grant program are urged to call the Community Foundation at 252-261-8839 before starting an application. More information about all grant programs can be found at www.obcf.org/grants.

Community Foundation Annual Meeting is February 16

We invite you to join community leaders, friends, and supporters, from the comfort of your own home or workplace, as we recap a year of accomplishments virtually at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Outer Banks Community Foundation Board of Directors.

Date:   Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Time:     12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Place:   Virtual, via Zoom meeting

In 2020, your Community Foundation awarded $1,800,000 in grants and scholarships, including nearly $300,000 in COVID Rapid Response Grants. This year during our virtual meeting, we will be sharing stories and video interviews of nonprofit leaders, honoring 2020 grantees and scholarship recipients, and celebrating our 2020 Champions. We will also be electing new board members. We hope to see you on Zoom!

This video meeting is free to attend, but registration is required and slots are limited. We encourage you to register soon, as registration is first come, first served. Once registered, a link to join the meeting will be emailed to you.

Members of the Outer Banks Community Foundation will be asked to vote online during our virtual Annual Meeting to elect a slate of leaders to serve on the 2021 Board of Directors and the 2021 Nominating Committee. Our members include our fund establishers, current annual donors, and Legacy contributors. For questions or more information, please contact us at www.obcf.org or 252-261-8839.

 

Community Foundation Accepting Applications for COVID Grants

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications from nonprofits for an eighth round of COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants. The Community Foundation is especially encouraging grant proposals from groups addressing childcare and educational needs while remote learning continues in Dare County through March.

To be eligible for a COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant, programs must be urgent in nature and must be related to the Coronavirus crisis, either directly (e.g., programs to stop the spread) or indirectly (e.g., assistance to workers without child care).

True to their name, COVID Rapid Response Grants have an expedited application process and a fast-track decision timeframe. This cycle, COVID-related requests must be submitted by 5pm on Thursday, January 21 via a one- or two-page letter, plus attached budget. In addition, for this cycle, all applicants are required to submit a signed statement of actual revenue and expenses for their organization for the 2020 calendar year (January 1 through December 31).

Funding decisions for Rapid Response Grants will be made on Monday, January 25.

“Outer Banks families continue to face unprecedented challenges through the COVID crisis,” said Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s executive director. “Last year we were able to help hundreds of local families during remote learning, with grants for child care, home wi-fi access, tutoring, and more.”

She said, “We are determined to continue to help families with financial hardship, students with special learning needs, and parents that must work during the school day.”

Before applying for a Rapid Response Grant, nonprofits should first review the grant guidelines published online at www.obcf.org/grants/rapid-response-grants, and then call the Community Foundation at 252-261-8839 to discuss their project and funding needs.

In addition to COVID-related projects, the Community Foundation is also accepting applications for any charitable project benefiting the Outer Banks through the Community Enrichment Grants Program. Community Enrichment Grants are offered on a competitive basis for any kind of nonprofit program, including: arts & culture; animal welfare; children & youth; education; the environment; disaster relief & mitigation; health; historic interpretation & preservation; and other human services.

While applications for COVID Rapid Response Grants are due by January 21 and may be submitted in letter format, applications for Community Enrichment Grants are due by January 29 and must be submitted via the Community Foundation’s online system. Community Enrichment Grants will be awarded on March 11. All applicants for any grant program are urged to call the Community Foundation at 252-261-8839 before starting an application. More information about all grant programs can be found at www.obcf.org/grants.

 

Photo courtesy of Mustang Outreach Program.

Community Foundation Awards $1.8 Million in 2020 Grants and Scholarships

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has awarded more than $1.8 million in grants and scholarships in 2020. This includes more than 150 grants to 72 nonprofits, and college scholarships to 74 students totaling $180,000.

Nearly $300,000 in COVID Rapid Response Grants helped to feed hundreds of families; helped shelter and serve our area’s homeless; provided home wi-fi, day care, and tutoring for hundreds of local children; and much more. Other grants supported artists and performances through the pandemic; rebuilt, repaired, and elevated homes on Hatteras and Ocracoke that were damaged during Hurricane Dorian; bolstered new nonprofits like Peace Garden Project and Saving Lives Task Force; and helped groups like the Pea Island Preservation Society bring educational programming online.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications from nonprofits for its 2021 Community Enrichment Grants Program. Applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation’s web portal, www.obcf.org. The first deadline of the year is Friday, January 29 at midnight.

The Community Enrichment Grants Program is the Community Foundation’s largest and broadest funding opportunity. The grants are offered on a competitive basis for any kind of charitable project that benefits the Outer Banks, or any part thereof. Areas of interest include: arts & culture; animal welfare; children & youth; education; the environment; disaster relief & mitigation; health; historic interpretation & preservation; and other human services.

Community Enrichment Grants are awarded to support the direct costs of a charitable project or program; for capacity-building projects, with a goal of enhancing a nonprofit’s long-term effectiveness, financial stability, and/or program quality; or for program scholarships, which are grants to enable a nonprofit to offer “scholarships” to individuals and families with financial need or other hardship. Some limited Community Enrichment Grants are also available to nonprofits for program staff wages.

Community Enrichment Grants will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout 2021, and will be reviewed and awarded quarterly. Any applications received by Friday, January 29 will have a decision by March 12. Before starting an application for any grant, prospective applicants should first review the criteria online at www.obcf.org/grants, and then contact Lorelei Costa at 252-261-8839 to discuss their projects.

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 $20 million across 200 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards grants to local nonprofits, administers 55 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 $10 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students.

Community Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications from nonprofits for its 2021 Community Enrichment Grants Program. Applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation’s web portal. The first deadline of the year is Friday, January 29 at midnight.

The Community Enrichment Grants Program is the Community Foundation’s largest and broadest funding opportunity. The grants are offered on a competitive basis for any kind of charitable project that benefits the Outer Banks, or any part thereof. Areas of interest include: arts & culture; animal welfare; children & youth; education; the environment; disaster relief & mitigation; health; historic interpretation & preservation; and other human services.

Most Community Enrichment Grants will support the direct costs of a charitable project or program. In 2020, for example, the Community Foundation sponsored prescription and over-the-counter medications for Dare residents through NC MedAssist, an ATV for sea turtle nest monitoring for the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles, and a hydroponic growing system for the Peace Garden Project.

Community Enrichment Grants are also awarded for capacity-building projects, with a goal of enhancing a nonprofit’s long-term effectiveness, financial stability, and/or program quality. For example, a grant was awarded last year for a new website for Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.

Additionally, the Community Foundation awards program scholarship grants, which are grants to enable a nonprofit to offer “scholarships” to individuals and families with financial need or other hardship. The scholarships offset the registration fees that the nonprofit would normally charge for any kind of enrichment program, such as an educational offering or after-school program. For example, a 2020 Community Enrichment grant provided scholarships for children with disabilities for MANE and TAILL Therapeutic Horsemanship Academy.

Some limited Community Enrichment Grants are also available to nonprofits for program staff wages.

Community Enrichment Grants will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout 2021, and will be reviewed and awarded quarterly. Any applications received by Friday, January 29 will have a decision by March 12. Before starting an application for any grant, prospective applicants should first review the criteria online at www.obcf.org/grants, and then contact Lorelei Costa at 252-261-8839 to discuss their projects.

Donations Welcome for Marc Basnight Scholarship Fund

We are honored to accept donations in memory of the late Senator Marc Basnight, who worked tirelessly to help Dare County, the Outer Banks, and communities across our region and state. Gifts in his memory will be added to the Marc Basnight Scholarship Fund, which will help students with financial need from northeastern North Carolina. Click here for Sen. Basnight’s obituary. We humbly express our condolences to Sen. Basnight’s family, and we are privileged to help steward his tremendous legacy.

 

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Community Foundation Awards $46,000 in Rapid Response Grants

The Outer Banks Community Foundation board of directors recently approved more than $46,000 for COVID-related projects in its seventh round of Rapid Response Grants funding, supporting the work of five area nonprofits who serve thousands of vulnerable community members. The grants will help Dare County families afford childcare and tutoring, get food to isolated and frail community members, provide financial assistance on Hatteras Island, and help people in need provide for their pets during these stressful times. To date, the Community Foundation has awarded nearly $300,000 in Rapid Response grants related to COVID.

“As the COVID pandemic deepens, we continue to be inspired by the support of our donors, who are helping us address unprecedented, urgent needs,” said Community Foundation Executive Director Lorelei Costa. “Generous community members are at the heart of all we do, and we could not be more grateful.”

Beach Food Pantry was awarded funds to outfit their newly-purchased van with a refrigeration unit, so that it can be used as a mobile pantry and delivery vehicle. Beach Food Pantry now makes regular deliveries throughout Dare County for anyone 70+ who is self-isolating; anyone of any age who is immunocompromised and self-isolating; and anyone of any age with a positive or inconclusive positive COVID test result. To find out more about this program, call Beach Food Pantry at 252-261-2756.

The YMCA E-Learning Academy were awarded funding to extend student scholarships and give families in need safe, productive opportunities for their pre-school and school-aged children. The YMCA offers daytime child care and remote learning services, enabling parents to keep their jobs and ensure their children’s educational needs are being met while schools are closed. Mustang Outreach Program received a grant award to support their scholarships program for students receiving tutoring services at their Kill Devil Hills location. To find out more about these programs, please call Mustang Outreach at 252-441-4612, and YMCA E-Learning Academy at 252-449-8897.

Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men received a grant award to ease financial hardship for families on Hatteras Island going into the winter months. Their application noted that many restaurant workers have experienced reduced hours due to the shortened season and the temporary closures that have followed positive tests in the workplace. Women with young children are having to choose between caring for their children or employment, due to the critical lack of childcare on the island. If you need help on Hatteras Island, first contact Dare County Social Services at 252-475-9320, and request an interview with the case manager at the DSS Frisco office.

Feline Hope received a grant for “Operation Feed Our Pets,” a collaboration of Feline Hope, Coastal Humane Society, and Friends of Felines/Hatteras Island created in early 2020 in response to the COVID crisis. They report that litter and pet food are available at all Dare County food pantries, and funding will enable them to respond to an anticipated 30 – 50% increase in demand in the coming months.

You can help more families in our community get the support they need. To contribute to the Community Foundation’s Community Fund, visit, or call 252-261-8839 for more information.

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 $20 million across 190 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards grants to local nonprofits, administers 55 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 $10 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students. 

Community Foundation Announces 7th Round of COVID Rapid Response Grants

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications from nonprofits for a seventh round of COVID Rapid Response Grants.

To be eligible for a COVID Rapid Response Grant, programs must be urgent in nature and must be related to the Coronavirus crisis, either directly (e.g., programs that assist students with remote learning) or indirectly (e.g., assistance to workers without child care). True to their name, COVID Rapid Response Grants have an expedited application process and a fast-track decision timeframe. COVID-related requests must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, November 16 via a one- or two-page letter, plus attached budget, with funding decisions made by Thursday, November 19.

“As our COVID numbers rise once again, the Outer Banks continues to face unprecedented challenges through the pandemic,” said Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s executive director. “The Rapid Response Grants are targeted to support nonprofits serving the needs of those individuals and families most impacted by COVID.”

To date, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $250,000 in COVID Rapid Response Grants for a wide range of programs, including nutritional assistance, internet connectivity for at-home students, and financial assistance for families to afford child care.

To apply for a grant, nonprofits should first review the grant guidelines published online at www.obcf.org/grants, and then call the Community Foundation at 252-261-8839 to discuss their project and funding needs.

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.