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, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, at 252-261-8839.

To donate by check: Please make your check payable to OBCF, and mail it to 13 Skyline Road, Southern Shores, NC 27949. Please write “disaster” in the memo line of your check.

To donate cash: We do not advise mailing cash. You may wish to drop off your cash donation to our office at 13 Skyline Road in Southern Shores. Our regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. We suggest you call us before you visit at 252-261-8839.

To donate stock, IRA assets, or other gifts: Please call our office at 252-261-8839, and we will gladly assist you.


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

The Outer Banks Community Foundation does not accept donations of food, clothing, or any other physical items; unfortunately we just do not have storage space or the means of transport. 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.

In Dare County, please contact the following organizations for assistance:

  • Households North of Oregon Inlet: Interfaith Community Outreach at 252-480-0070
  • Households South of Oregon Inlet: Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men at 252-305-4928

You can also try Dare County Social Services at 252-475-5500.

On Ocracoke, please connect with the Ocracoke Interfaith Relief and Recovery Team by calling 252-921-0348.


How is the Disaster Relief Fund used? What gets distributed to disaster victims?

The Community Foundation, and our partners, absorb staff and fund administration overhead, so that every penny received for the Disaster Relief Fund goes to disaster relief victims. We do not take administrative charges out of donations for disaster relief. If you pay by credit card, your donation will be net of credit card fees.

Disaster Relief Funds 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 Funds 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), funds can be used even more broadly, for example for rent, groceries, medical bills, and other expenses.

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


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?

If you made an online donation to the Community Foundation, you should automatically receive a tax receipt by email, to the email address you entered on the form. 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 252-261-8839, and we will be glad to send you a duplicate receipt.

Tax receipts for check and cash donations will be mailed to donors in batches as we process them. Please be patient; the volume of generous donations we receive after a disaster may cause a delay in our acknowledgment of your gift.


How much of my money actually goes to disaster relief? What fees do you subtract from my donation? Is my donation paying for your staff or overhead?

Every penny of your donation will go to disaster relief victims. We do not take any fees or administrative charges out of your donations for disaster relief. The Community Foundation, and our partners, pay for our own staff time and overhead in administering the fund. If you donate by credit card, we even pay your credit card charges from a separate source of money. Truly, every penny donated goes to local disaster relief victims.


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 252-261-8839 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 of all levels will be listed in our Annual Report. We are also happy to offer Facebook recognition, upon request, to any donation of $1,000 or more. For any donations of $10,000 or more, we are happy to schedule a special publicity photo with your business and promote that on Facebook. For any donations of $50,000 or more, we are delighted to schedule a publicity photo, author a press release, post the release and photo on our website and Facebook page, and send the release and photo to our local media contacts.


Can I contribute anonymously?

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