Community Foundation Celebrates Giving Tuesday

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is celebrating Giving Tuesday by encouraging our generous community to give back to the nonprofits and causes they love.

“Giving Tuesday is a global social media phenomenon, the day that people across the planet celebrate philanthropy and give back to the causes that inspire them,” said Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s Executive Director. “After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a day to reflect on your blessings and support your community.”

All day long, the Community Foundation will be posting “unselfies” on Facebook — whimsical pictures of community members holding signs that explain why they give.

“The signs are held in front of your face… hence, an UNselfie,” explained Costa. “We hope our friends will take their own unselfies, post them on Facebook or Instagram, and tell the world why they give!”

The Community Foundation encourages donors to support any nonprofit or cause on Giving Tuesday. Additionally, the Community Foundation is in the midst of its own annual membership drive.

“On Giving Tuesday, or on any day, we invite your gift in support of our Community Fund, our largest and broadest grant-making endowment,” said Costa, “or a gift to any of our 135 endowment funds.”

The Community Fund supports dozens of local nonprofits each year through a competitive grants process. Last year the Community Fund supported such groups as Radio Hatteras, Lost Colony, Room in the Inn, Feline Hope, Beach Food Pantry, Dare Youth String Ensemble, Community Free Dental Clinic, Ocracoke Community Park, Go Far, Friends of Jockeys Ridge, and more.

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