New Scholarships 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…

Scholarship Application Deadline March 25!

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications online. Students may CLICK HERE to start their application…

Charity and the New Tax Law (Yes, You Can Still Give and Be Smart!)

If you’re anything like me, you’ve just started the tedious task of collecting your paperwork for tax season. And maybe you are wondering, will the new tax bill change that in the future…

A Legacy of Caring

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

OBCF Awards $750,000 in 2017 and Opens 19 New Charitable Funds

Ending yet another record-breaking year, the Outer Banks Community Foundation announced over $750,000 in grants and scholarships in 2017 and 19 new permanent endowment funds…

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…

Community Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications for 2018

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications from nonprofits for its Community Enrichment Grants Program. The first deadline of the year is Friday, January 26…

Summer Job Opportunity for Scholarship Recipient

Are you a college student who’s looking to build your résumé, and make some money this summer…

Local Nonprofits Build Forever Funds through the Community Foundation

Seventeen local nonprofits undertook the Outer Banks Community Foundation’s Matching Fund Challenge, issued earlier this year, to raise $2500 each for permanent endowment funds…

Mike Kelly Continuing Important Legacy with Community Foundation

Mike Kelly has reflected upon what it has meant to him and his family to be able to give back to the local community…

Community Foundation Expands Grants Criteria, Announces Last Deadline of 2017

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has expanded its grants criteria to include Program Scholarship Grants, as well as to give enhanced focus on established charitable programs…

6th Annual Nonprofit Video Contest!

Announcing our 6th Annual Nonprofit Video Contest! This is your chance to showcase your organization’s success stories, while earning money for your mission…

FREE Nonprofit Workshop: From Seed to Harvest: Nourishing Your Nonprofit Endowment

Online registration is open for our free seminar for nonprofits on Monday, Oct. 30 entitled “From Seed to Harvest: How to Grow Your Endowment to Nourish Your Nonprofit with Legacy Gifts”…

Supporting Scholars With Promise

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

Community Foundation Awards $143,250 in Scholarships

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has awarded $142,250 in scholarships this spring, helping 55 students from across the Outer Banks achieve their educational dreams…

Community Foundation Awards $59,000 in Grants; Next Deadline is July 28

This summer the Outer Banks Community Foundation awarded over $50,000 in grants to 13 local nonprofit organizations. From feeding the hungry to preserving local history, the grants will assist in a wide range of charitable needs, benefiting hundreds across the Outer Banks…

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, was losing his battle with cancer, and members of the Dare County sportfishing family were devastated…

Community Foundation Welcomes 2017 Milton A. Jewell Intern

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is delighted to announce that Charles Shotton will be working with us for the next 12 weeks as our 2017 Milton A. Jewell Intern…

2016 Annual Report Available!

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has released its 2016 Annual Report including a list of donors, scholarship recipients, new funds and grant recipients…

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”…

Community Foundation Accepting Applications for Community Enrichment, Pauline Wright, David Loy, Aviation Education, and Schiffman Grants

The Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its Community Enrichment, Pauline Wright, David Aycock Loy, Aviation Education, and Schiffman Grants. Proposals are due by Friday, April 28…

Community Foundation Awards Over $43,000 in Grants

This month the Community Foundation awarded more than $43,000 in grants to 16 nonprofits. The awards will assist with a wide range of charitable needs, from children’s education to senior care, from arts and culture to environmental programs…

Community Foundation Elects New Board, Honors Champions, Nonprofits, and Departing Board Members at Annual Meeting

The Community Foundation announced the winners of its Champion Award and its Nonprofit Video Contest. New board members were elected by the organization’s members, and four departing board members were honored…

Twenty-Two Local Nonprofits To Participate in Matching Fund Challenge

Ten local nonprofits are creating new endowment funds this year, thanks to the Community Foundation’s new Matching Fund Challenge, which was announced in February. Additionally, eleven other charities are getting help in growing their existing endowments…

Community Foundation Announces Free Fundraising Workshop

Online registration is open for our free seminar for nonprofits entitled “The Fundamentals of Fundraising” on Friday, March 31. Led by Trisha Lester of the NC Center for Nonprofits, the workshop will be held from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute…

Community Foundation Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications online. The application deadline is 11:59 pm, Sunday, March 26. Students may CLICK HERE to start their application…

Community Foundation Announces Matching Fund Challenge

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has announced a new “Matching Fund Challenge” to help local nonprofits build and grow permanent endowments. Nonprofits can sign up as early as Monday, February 20. For more information, read our Press Release and FAQs, or click here for more information…

Annual Meeting 2017!

The Annual Meeting of the Outer Banks Community Foundation will be held at 11:30 am on Thursday, February 16 at the Ramada in Kill Devil Hills…

Twiddy & Company Realtors Makes $2,000 Scholarship Donation!

Twiddy & Company Realtors contributed $2,000 to the Outer Banks Community Foundation’s Milton A. Jewell Trade and Technical Scholarship Fund with the express purpose of providing scholarships…

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…

Manteo Rotary Starts New Scholarship Fund with OBCF

The Manteo Rotary Club has created a new, perpetual scholarship endowment with the Outer Banks Community Foundation to provide academic assistance to Dare County students for generations to come…

Wayne Fulcher Arts Scholarship Announced!

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…

OBCF Awards $660,000 in 2016, Raising Funds to Do More in 2017

Ending another record-breaking year, the Outer Banks Community Foundation announced over $81,000 in grants earlier this month. Over a dozen local nonprofits received support, benefiting every type of charitable cause, from education to historic preservation, to helping the homeless, the sick, and the disabled…

OBCF Thanks Donors to the Disaster Relief Fund

The Outer Banks Community Foundation sends a heart-felt thank you to ALL of our donors to the Disaster Relief Fund, and especially to those businesses, individuals, families, and organizations that have contributed leading gifts, including the Outer Banks Seafood Festival, the Ramada Plaza Hotel, and the Hilton Garden Inn…

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.

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 at several Outer Banks organizations, she dedicated her entire life to serve those around her in various ways…

Donate Today to Help Victims of Matthew

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting donations to the Disaster Relief Fund to support relief and recovery efforts after Hurricane Matthew. All contributions are tax-deductible, and 100% of all donations will be used to directly assist individuals and families in need in Dare County. CLICK HERE TO DONATE.

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…

Beach Food Pantry Establishes Endowment to Feed Dare County Forever

The Beach Food Pantry has established a new charitable endowment with the Outer Banks Community Foundation to fight hunger in Dare County…

Community Foundation Awards $150,000 in Grants

Earlier this summer and fall, the Outer Banks Community Foundation awarded more than $150,000 in grants to over 35 local nonprofits. The grants will assist with a wide range of community efforts, from food assistance to special needs programs, public safety to animal welfare, educational efforts to athletic programs for youth…

Community Foundation Announces Another Free Workshop for Nonprofits

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Dowdy & Osborne, LLP, the Community Foundation is offering a free seminar on Financial Management for Nonprofits on Friday, October 21 at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute. Click here to register…

OBCF Executive Director Joins Leadership Council of ZSR Foundation

The executive director of the Outer Banks Community Foundation has been appointed to the Community Leadership Council of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, an 80-year-old private foundation based in Winston-Salem, NC…

Donate Now to Help Dare County’s Hermine Victims

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting donations to the Disaster Relief Fund to support relief and recovery efforts after Tropical Storm Hermine. CLICK HERE TO DONATE. All contributions are tax-deductible, and 100% of all donations will be used to directly assist individuals and families in Dare County…

Manteo Rotary Creates Meekins Scholarship Fund with Community Foundation

The Manteo Rotary Club has created a new endowment with the Outer Banks Community Foundation to help students of Dare County achieve their dreams of a college education…

Summer Intern Creates Scholarship Recipient Video

Our very own José Valle has created a video with the help of some past scholarship recipients as a parting gift to the Community Foundation…

Community Foundation Awards $7,175 in Scholarships to COA Students

This year 15 College of the Albemarle students will have help fulfilling their dream of a higher education, thanks to the generous donors of the Outer Banks Community Foundation…

Community Foundation Announces Next Grant Deadline

Nonprofits, your application for a Community Enrichment grant is due by 11:59 pm on July 29…

Great Giving with Endowments: Free Seminar on June 9

You are invited to join Lorelei Costa with the Outer Banks Community Foundation on Thursday, June 9 from 5pm to 7pm for a free “Sip & Learn Seminar” to learn more about the powers of endowment giving…

Community Foundation Releases 2015 Annual Report

What’s your charitable passion? The Outer Banks Community Foundation explores this in its just released 2015 Annual Report, showcasing 7 new endowment funds and over $620,000 in grants and scholarships…