Have a Will? Here are Ten Reasons to Revisit It Periodically

There are a number of  reasons why you’d want to periodically update your plan, including the birth of one or more grandchildren, any changes in dependents status, divorce or marriage, the retirement of professional…

Save on Taxes by Using your IRA RMD for Good.

Taking an IRA distribution this year might mean you’ll pay more in taxes, and even reach a higher tax bracket. Rolling over part of your IRA’s “required minimum distribution” (or “RMD”) to charity can help reduce your tax bill…

Lifting Families Out of the Harm’s Way on Hatteras

“Being back in our new, improved home is security,” said Sarah. “It’s what I’ve wanted forever—to be able to be here for my family, when they need me…

Register for Virtual Duke U. Training Series for OBX Nonprofits

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Duke University Nonprofit Management Intensive Track training series for Outer Banks nonprofit leaders in early 2022…

The Best Time to Make a Will is Now

DID YOU KNOW: more than half of American adults do not have a will? Creating a will is easier now than ever, and having a properly executed will in place ensures that your estate will be distributed according to your wishes, and not according to court agents acting on behalf of your state’s probate laws. […]

Praises for Interim Executive Director Bob Muller

Fortunately for us, Bob decided to make the sacrifice and come out of retirement to help staff and board…

Community Foundation Awards $29,000 in Grants to Five Nonprofits

Your Community Foundation awarded grants to five nonprofits during its third quarter grants cycle. The grants will support…

Hanft McDevitt Scholarship Fund to help COA Graduates

The Hanft McDevitt Family Scholarship Fund was recently established for Dare County students graduating with an associate degree from College of The …

Bob Parker Memorial Fund will help special kids

Bob Parker, a U.S. Army veteran and general contractor, was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved sharing his interests…

Helping People Help Animals Fund

An anonymous donor has established the Helping People Help Animals fund to support Outer Banks nonprofits who assist any kind of animal…

Nourishing Hatteras Island Fund Created

The Nourishing Hatteras Island Fund, a Donor-Advised Fund, was created “to support Hatteras Island Meals and other health and wellness programs on Hatteras Island…”

American Red Cross Grant Funds Help Outer Banks Repair and Prepare

Work managed under the grant helped repair and rebuild 41 homes; six of those home repair projects were funded directly by the Red Cross…

Diane Baum St. Clair’s Bequest to the Outer Banks Keeps Giving Back

Thomas, Annie, and Diane all lived remarkable lives, and they loved the Outer Banks well. We are still feeling that love and generosity today…

David Stick’s Words Ring True Today

David Stick wrote, “It belongs to the people of the Outer Banks, both native and adopted. Through its designation as a public charity, it is operated in the public interest, prepared at all times to address the most pressing educational…”

Kelly Family Fund’s Amazing Community Impact

The Kelly Family Fund is an example of how a $5,000 initial gift, coupled with investment stewardship and golf tournament proceeds over the years, grew to award nearly $380,000 in grants…

Community Enrichment Grant Deadline is July 30

Outer Banks Community Foundation’s Community Enrichment Grants Program online applications are due by 11:59 pm on Friday, July 30. More information and a link to apply can be found at https://obcf.org/grant-deadline-july-30…

R. Wayne Gray Memorial Scholarship Fund to Benefit COA Graduates

College of The Albemarle graduates will benefit from a new fund established by the family of R. Wayne Gray, a well-known Wanchese native, poet, historian, restaurateur, and educator…

Disaster Relief Equipment & Supplies Replacement Grant Opportunity

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations that were involved in the relief and recovery operations after Hurricane Dorian…

Recent Grants from Memorial Funds Support Key Community Needs

Memorial funds established at the Outer Banks Community Foundation years ago factored prominently in recent grant awards to local nonprofits and will help people…

Community Foundation Announces New Leadership

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has voted unanimously to hire Christopher Sawin as President and Chief Executive Officer…

Community Foundation Awards $174,900 in Scholarships

The Outer Banks Community Foundation awarded $174,900 in scholarships to 51 students this spring, helping students from across the Outer Banks achieve their educational dreams…

Community Foundation Prepares for 2021 Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1 and runs through November. Outer Banks Community Foundation is making plans to support our community in the event of a 2021 landfalling hurricane…

Cape Hatteras Secondary School Graduating Seniors Awarded $31,000

2021 Community Foundation scholarship recipients from Cape Hatteras High School are (clockwise from top left): Eliza Quidley, Johan Briones, Laya Barley, Maria Bradley, Andrew Austin, Laura Hooper, and Victor Caldera…

Marine Corps Commandant General Paul “P.X.” Kelley Memorial Fund Established

A new fund honors General P.X. Kelley, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran who served his country for 37 years and rose to become Commandant of the Marine Corps from 1983 – 1987…

Manteo High School Scholarship Recipients Announced

We congratulate 2021 Manteo High School scholarship recipients (clockwise from top left) William Harmon, Ragan Twiford, Cathryn Daniels, Wallace McCown, Hannah O’Neal…

“Our State” Article Features Iconic Frank Stick Flat Top Cottages

The house was built in 1953, in the then-new residential area of the Town of Southern Shores. At the end of World War II, Frank Stick and two partners purchased a 2,600 acre tract of land north of Kitty Hawk for $30,000…

First Flight High School OBCF Scholarship Recipients Announced

These happy faces are going places! More than $31,000 in first-year scholarship awards from your Community Foundation were presented at First Flight High School’s Awards Night on May 17…

Thanking Fund Establishers and Lorelei Costa for COVID-19 Grants

COVID was a ‘disaster’ few saw coming or were prepared for. Many nonprofits were faced with daunting challenges, including more requests for services, curtailed programs, cancelled fundraisers, closed offices and more. We’re going to shine a light…

Renewable Scholarships Fund Four Years of School for Deserving Local Students

Here are four stories that describe where Community Foundation scholarship recipients are in their school careers—and on their paths through life. As you will read, renewable scholarships have made a profound difference…

Donations Welcome to Barbara Barnes Sherman Memorial Scholarship Fund

We are honored to accept donations in memory of Barbara Barnes Sherman, a beloved schoolteacher, friend, mother, and wife. Gifts in her memory will help local students pursuing higher education…

Community Foundation Announces Manteo Rotary Club Sonny Albarty Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Manteo Rotary Club has established a new scholarship fund, the Manteo Rotary Club Sonny Albarty Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund honors Roanoke Island native Jefferson “Sonny” Lee Albarty V, an avid outdoorsman and inspiration…

Your Giving. Your Community. Your Community Foundation Annual Report.

We hope you enjoy the stories about legacy gifts, new funds established, grants distributed, and, above all, community members whose generosity and caring have made our Outer Banks a better place for everyone…

New Bill Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund Established at Community Foundation

The Bill Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund will grow over the years and will provide financial assistance to college-bound local students for generations to come. Anyone can contribute to this fund…

Avery Harrison – Life By Design, Legacy By Choice

Avery and Peebles Harrison live in Duck, NC, where they are raising their three children and enjoying a remarkable life in a place they’ve called home since 1995. “We didn’t think we’d stay forever,” Avery laughed…

Community Foundation Announces $157,224 in New Disaster Recovery Grants

The Outer Banks Community Foundation board of directors recently approved more than $163,000 in grants, including $157,244 in new Disaster Recovery grants for Hatteras and Ocracoke…

Avoiding Scholarship Displacement

Students and parents, this post is to help you keep every dollar you have earned in local scholarship awards. The over-arching message is: communicate with your school’s finance office and understand their offer to you – then make sure they follow through…

Community Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Focus Grants

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications for Focus Grants. Applications must be submitted online at www.obcf.org by Friday, April 30, 2021…

Exciting Opportunity to be the President and CEO of a Community Foundation Meeting Community Needs on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

The Outer Banks Community Foundation (OBCF) seeks an experienced, engaging, and tech-savvy nonprofit leader to become its next President and CEO. All applications must be fully completed and submitted online via the Developmental Associates…

College Senior Christian Eberhard: “Apply Now for More Security, and for Future Schooling and Career Options”

“Applying and receiving a multi-year scholarship has been a tremendous help in my academic career. It has allowed me to venture out of North Carolina in pursuit of higher education…

Community Foundation Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

The Scholarship application deadline for students & student recommendations is Saturday, March 20, 2021 11:59 PM EDT. We have 55 different scholarships available, and about $178,000 to give away this year…

Community Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Dorian Long-Term Recovery Grants

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications for grants to nonprofit organizations assisting individuals and households impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Applications are due by Friday, February 26 at midnight…

Community Foundation Honors 2020 Champions, Elects 2021 Board at Annual Meeting

The Outer Banks Community Foundation honored its 2020 Champion Award recipients, elected five board members, and celebrated $1.8 million in grants and scholarships in 2020 at its virtual Annual Meeting, held on February 16, 2021…

American Red Cross Grant to Community Foundation Supports Disaster Recovery

The American Red Cross has partnered with nonprofit and faith-based organizations to provide Hurricane Dorian recovery services in communities impacted and has awarded a grant to Outer Banks Community Foundation in support of disaster recovery efforts….

Southern Shores Philanthropist Establishes Disaster Relief Fund

Helen Wiegel, a Southern Shores retiree and philanthropist, has created a new fund with the Outer Banks Community Foundation to help local residents in the aftermath of hurricanes and other natural disasters. The Wiegel Disaster Relief Fund…

Community Foundation Announces Executive Director Transition

The Board of Directors of the Outer Banks Community Foundation has announced a leadership transition for the Foundation’s staff. Long-time Executive Director Lorelei Costa is departing the Outer Banks to become the next Executive Director and CEO of the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts in Virginia…

Community Foundation Awards $37,500 in Rapid Response Grants

The Outer Banks Community Foundation board of directors recently approved $37,500 for COVID-related projects in its eighth round of Rapid Response Grants funding, supporting the work of area nonprofits who serve vulnerable community members…

Community Foundation Annual Meeting is February 16

The 39th Annual Meeting of the Outer Banks Community Foundation Board of Directors takes place virtually on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at noon. We invite you to join community leaders, friends, and supporters, from the comfort of your own home or workplace…

Community Foundation Accepting Applications for COVID Grants

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications from nonprofits for an eighth round of COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants. We are particularly inviting proposals to address childcare and educational needs while remote learning continues in Dare County through March…

Community Foundation Awards $1.8 Million in 2020 Grants and Scholarships

The Outer Banks Community Foundation announced it has awarded more than $1.8 million in grants and scholarships in 2020. This includes more than 150 grants to 72 nonprofits…

Community Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications from nonprofits for its 2021 Community Enrichment Grants Program. Applications are due on January 29 at midnight…