How can I donate financially to help victims of hurricanes and other disasters on the Outer Banks?

Thank you so much for your generous intention.

To donate securely by credit card, please click here. Or, if you’d rather give your credit card information over the phone, please call our office, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at 252-423-3003.

To donate by check: Please mail your check, made payable to OBCF, to Outer Banks Community Foundation, P.O. Box 2299, Manteo, NC 27954. Please write “disaster” in the memo line of your check.

To donate cash: Do not mail cash. Instead, drop off your cash donation to our office at 704 S. Hwy 64/264 on Roanoke Island. Our regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please call us before you visit at 252-423-3003.

To donate stock, IRA assets, or other gifts: Please call our office at 252-423-3003, and we will gladly assist you.


Can I donate food, clothing, appliances, furniture, cars, or other goods?

The Outer Banks Community Foundation cannot accept donations of food, clothing, or other physical items. Instead, we invite your financial contribution, which gives us the flexibility to respond to the latest and greatest needs on the ground.


I have been impacted locally by the most recent disaster. How can I apply for financial assistance?

We are so sorry that you have been impacted. The Community Foundation’s role is to raise needed funds and to provide financial aid to victims through nonprofit organizations. The Community Foundation has partnered with Interfaith Community Outreach and Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men to provide client intake and disburse support as needed and appropriate.

Households North of Oregon Inlet: Call Interfaith Community Outreach               252-480-0070
Households South of Oregon Inlet: Call Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men      252-305-4928
Dare County Department of Social Services                252-475-5500
Hyde County Department of Social Services               252-926-4476
Currituck County Department of Social Services        252-232-3083


How are disaster relief donations used? What gets distributed to disaster victims?

The Community Foundation and its partners absorb all costs associated with donation processing and 100% of all donations received goes to disaster relief victims.

If paying by credit card, you will have an opportunity to help by offsetting our credit card fees. Thank you for considering this small extra gift.

Disaster relief donations are ultimately distributed by our community partners to full-time residents based on financial need, without regard to sex, race, national origin, citizenship status, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender identity, or age. All individual applications for assistance are held in strict confidentiality.

Disaster Relief donations are used to meet a variety of needs. Funds help disaster victims pay for temporary shelter, home repairs, supplies, furniture, appliances, food, and other necessities. In instances when an individual has lost wages (e.g., if a person’s place of employment was flooded or closed), donations can be used even more broadly, for example to pay for rent, groceries, medical bills, and other expenses.

Disaster relief donations will help pay expenses that other sources of support will not cover. Disaster victims will be assisted in seeking all available sources of support (e.g., insurance, FEMA, state or federal assistance) before our support is applied. Disaster Relief Fund donations are intended to cover unmet needs, to fill gaps, and to help people who have no other sources of financial support.


Is my donation tax-deductible? Is the Outer Banks Community Foundation a 501(c)3 charity?

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a public charity and a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our IRS determination letter, our most recent 990, and our independent audit are all available on our website at

All donations to the Community Foundation are tax-deductible as charitable contributions. Please consult your tax advisor to determine your exact situation.


 When will I get a tax receipt for my donation?

Individuals making donations online at automatically receive a website-generated tax receipt to the email address provided. If you didn’t get that email, please check your spam box. If you still can’t find it, please email our office at, or call us at 252-423-3003, and we will be glad to send you a duplicate receipt.

Tax receipts for check and cash donations are mailed to donors in batches as soon as they are processed. Please be patient; the volume of post-disaster donations may cause some temporary acknowledgement delays.


I want to hold a fundraiser for the Outer Banks Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. Whom should I contact?

Thank you so much for your interest and generosity. We have been honored to be the beneficiary of many fundraisers organized by individuals, businesses, civic groups, and others. Please do call our office at 252-423-3003 and tell us about your fundraiser. We would love to hear from you, and we deeply appreciate your support.


My business would like to donate to the Disaster Relief Fund. How will you publicize our gift?

All donations will be recognized in our Annual Report.  In addition, we are happy to work with business and corporate donors to customize a publicity plan.


Can I contribute anonymously?

Absolutely. Just let us know that you wish to remain anonymous, and we will honor that request.