Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving

Partnering together to sponsor the Outer Banks Environmental Film Festival

When the Ed and Maureen learned about the Outer Banks Community Foundation, they reached out to president and CEO Chris Sawin about creating a fund that could combine Maureen’s love for films and their shared appreciation for the environment.

Upholding Close Friend’s Lasting Legacy, Couple Creates Fund To Support Individuals With Disabilities

To honor their close friend's last legacy, Mike and Patti established the Dr. David Rostetter Memorial Fund for Self-Advocacy and Inclusion with the Outer Banks Community Foundation.

New Smith-Cooper Scholarship Emphasizes More Than Academic Achievement

The Smith-Cooper Scholarship is a new four-year scholarship for Dare County students. It is, for Susan Smith, a way to honor her late husband, Fred Smith’s legacy, and his belief that a strong work ethic and a college education are key ingredients for success.

In Memory of Founding Board Member Ray White

Ray White was a man of passion, deeply devoted to the Outer Banks. His love for this region helped shape its transformation from quiet fishing villages to a bustling tourist destination.

Westervelt family creates fund for Ocracoke students

For over 60 years, the community in Ocracoke was a respite for the Westervelt family. Beginning in 1960, Dr. Frederic Westervelt would travel with his family from Virginia for a few days or weeks away from the rigors of his duties as part of the faculty at UVA medical school. The kindness of the people, the quiet pace of life, and the beauty of the ocean continued to draw the Westervelt family to the small island year after year. At Fred’s retirement in 2000, they moved full time down to Ocracoke.

Scholarship Fund Established for Students to Pursue Veterinary Medicine

In 2023, Carole created the Teddy and Savory Garrett Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Fund at the Outer Banks Community Foundation to help local students who want to become veterinarians. And she has made a provision in her will for both the fund she established and to the Outer Banks Community Foundation to benefit Outer Banks people and causes.

Mary Anne McKay Memorial Scholarship Fund Established

A scholarship fund has been established in memory of Mary Anne McKay at the Outer Banks Community Foundation.

Jones|Lewis Fund for OBX Visual Arts Established at Outer Banks Community Foundation

The mission of the Jones|Lewis Fund is to support the creation of visual art projects that educate...

Legacy Spotlight: Founding Board Member Ray White

“It makes my heart want to explode when I see all the wonderful benefits that have accrued from this little Foundation,” said Ray...

Gayle Grinstead Memorial Scholarship Established at Outer Banks Community Foundation

Dare and Currituck graduating high school seniors have an additional renewable scholarship opportunity beginning in the spring of 2023...

Wolfinger-Jones Donor-Advised Fund Established at Outer Banks Community Foundation

"We’re excited to work with Outer Banks Community Foundation to understand the nonprofit community here and learn where our gifts may do the most good..."

Outer Banks Legacy—Looking Back on 40 Years with Frank and Lynda Hester

Frank remembered a quote his mother used to say, “We may not always see eye to eye, but I hope we can see heart to heart...”

Outer Banks Road to Recovery Fund Created

"Our job is to grow this fund with support of our entire community, and to provide funding for new solutions to the tragic crisis of addiction..." 

Local Philanthropist Establishes Endowments for Scholarships, Housing

Two new endowed funds that will support Outer Banks students and workers have been established by Nags Head realtor and philanthropist Karen DelVacchio...

Annual Advice 5K Fund Establisher Nancy Caviness earns NC Governor’s Service Award

The Annual Advice 5k Turkey Trot Fund at Outer Banks Community Foundation provides significant support for health and human service grant awards each year...

Donor-Advised Fund Establishers Gift $250,000 to Waves Edge Village School in Corolla

Corolla residents Wayne and Betty Evans pledged $250,000 to help WEVS (a K-8 charter school) build an additional schoolhouse adjacent its current location in the historic village...

Emily Fredricks Memorial Fund for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Established

“We are thrilled that the Fredricks have created a fund dedicated to keeping walkers and bikers safe from harm on our roads, residents and visitors alike..."

Warren and Jane Davis Memorial Dare Math/Science Scholarship Stokes College-Bound Students’ Dreams

The first $1,000 scholarship was awarded in 1994; since then, more than $35,000 in scholarships, many for four years, have been awarded...

Hunting Family Fund Established at Outer Banks Community Foundation

Retired public health professional Cindy Hunting, and her husband, Rich, have established a new, endowed fund at the Community Foundation to support projects and organizations that promote health and wellness for people on the Outer Banks...

Irene Nolan Memorial Scholarship Fund Established

Irene Nolan was a force for good for nearly two decades on our Outer Banks. A new scholarship fund, established in her memory by Island Free Press co-founder Donna Barnett...