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

New Evans Scholarship Pays It Forward

When Betty Evans was in nursing school, an anonymous donor reached out and helped her at a time of need. Now, Betty and her husband, Wayne, have established a scholarship of their own to help the next generation of nursing students...

A Lifetime of “Putting Back”

Jack Adams, one of the founding directors of the Outer Banks Community Foundation, has a history of giving back to the community in which he lives. “I’ve always had the desire to help. It’s something I’ve always believed in,” he said...

New Scholarship Funds Honor Beloved Parents

The Community Foundation announces two new scholarships -- the Jeannette U. McOwen Scholarship, and the Lillian W. Riddick Scholarship for Nurses -- that will both honor a beloved parent and help generations of aspiring college students...

A Legacy of Caring

As Bonnie Pfennighaus and Louise Baraw reflect upon their lives, an extraordinary story of giving back and caring for others emerges. But for the longtime friends, a lifetime of caring is not enough. They want to ensure their legacy will continue...

A Family Tradition of Giving

The Inez Daniels Austin Scholarship, one of the largest scholarships for seniors from Hatteras Island, is growing; a surprise bequest from Inez's late daughter, Josephine Oden, has just been added to the perpetual scholarship fund...

Supporting Scholars With Promise – Jerry and Arlene Davis

When Maria Mendoza’s house burned to the ground, just months before her senior year at Manteo High School, she lost everything...

Dare County Boat Builders Establish Two Funds with Community Foundation

It started in 2003, when the marine community learned that a good friend and colleague on the Outer Banks faced a very serious illness. Taylor Harrison, a talented and respected boat builder...

Schiffman Fund Will Help Our “Favorite Non-Human Locals”

It’s possible you might recognize the name Lila Schiffman, or you might know her by her popular moniker, “The Squirrel Lady"...

OBX Relief Foundation Creates New Fund Honoring the Late Warren Judge

In partnership with the Community Foundation, the Outer Banks Relief Foundation has created a new endowment fund in memory of Warren Judge to assist citizens in our community who face debilitating illness, disease, or personal tragedy...

Wayne Fulcher Arts Scholarship Fund Created

Wayne Fulcher, former “Artist in Residence” at the Indian Town Gallery, now has a scholarship in his memory and bearing his name. The Community Foundation is proud to partner with Indian Town Gallery in holding the endowment fund for the new scholarship, which will be administered by the Dare County Arts Council...
Naomi Hester (center) with family members and board members of the Outer Banks Community Foundation Board at the establishment of a fund in her name.

Hester Family Fund Perpetuates a Tradition of Giving

Naomi Collins Hester did more than make a difference. She left a legacy. Whether it was by founding the Monday Night Alive program, educating as a Sunday School teacher, or volunteering....
The Martin Smith Fund benefits Dare CASA supporting recovering addicts.

The Martin Smith Fund: More Than A Name

A young person from a caring family is fun-loving, friendly, and hard-working. But somehow, the young person begins to experiment with drugs, and begins to abuse...
Graduate Kaitlynne Ludolph poses with Cindy Edwards and Colleen Shriver at Manteo High’s scholarship awards night after receiving an Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship. Photo courtesy of the Outer Banks Community Foundation.

Outer Banks Realtors Help Local Students Realize Dreams

When Macy Quidley applied for college earlier this year, she wasn’t sure how she would pay for it. That was, at least, until she received help from the Outer Banks Association of Realtors...

New Fund for Hatteras Island Will Help Local Charities

A local family has established a new, perpetual charitable fund at the Outer Banks Community Foundation to aid benevolent projects and help meet urgent needs on Hatteras Island for generations to come...

Local Couple Establishes Charitable Endowment in Memory of their Mothers

Ron and Tiney Curtis have a tradition. Whenever a family member, neighbor, or friend falls upon hard times, they slip that person an envelope...

Frank Tate Fund Established for the Manteo High School Band

The Manteo High School Band is getting new help next year, in memory of a young clarinetist whose life was enriched by his band experience...

Fred Murray Fund to Help Families with Cancer

Fred Murray’s legacy of kindness has been memorialized in a new charitable endowment. Established by his family with the Outer Banks Community Foundation, the Fred Murray Memorial Fund will serve as a perpetual funding source to help people from the Outer Banks who are struggling with cancer...

Stewart Couch Leaves Generous Scholarship Bequest

Stewart Couch’s friends and family were left in shock upon his passing in February 2012, but many found solace by giving back to Hatteras for a scholarship in his name. Little did they know, Stewart himself had the exact same idea...

Scott Day Scholarship Honors Late Teacher

When beloved teacher and coach Scott Day departed this world on August 24, 2014, he left behind not only his family, but a generation of Hatteras students whose lives he had enriched. And now, Mr. Day is leaving an even larger legacy...

Pauline Wright ‘Walked the Walk’

Pauline Wright died on Sept. 3, 2011 at the age of 93, but her dedication to her community will continue for countless generations to come, thanks to a bequest left in the care of the Outer Banks Community Foundation...