Dare Co. equestrians from left to right: William Marzano, Melvin Riddick & Caroline Parks

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

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications for Community Enrichment Grants, as well as the annual Pauline Wright, David Aycock Loy, Aviation Education, and Schiffman Grants. Applications must be submitted online by Friday, April 28 via the Community Foundation’s website: www.obcf.org.

The Community Enrichment Grant Program is the Community Foundation’s broadest and largest grant program. These awards are open to any nonprofit for any kind of charitable project that benefits the Outer Banks. Areas of interest include: arts & culture; animal welfare; children & youth; education; the environment; disaster relief & prevention; health; historic interpretation & preservation; and other human services.

Most Community Enrichment Grants will support the direct costs of a charitable project or program (e.g., art supplies, medical equipment); however, Community Foundation Enrichment Grants are also awarded for capacity-building projects, with a goal of enhancing a nonprofit’s long-term effectiveness, financial stability, and/or program quality (e.g., computers, strategic planning).

Though Community Enrichment Grants are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed quarterly, the Pauline Wright, David Aycock Loy, Aviation Education, and Schiffman Grants are usually accepted and reviewed just once per year, in the spring.

The David Aycock Loy Fund was established in 2013 by his family to remember a boy who died too young from hemophilia complications. David Aycock Loy Grants are aimed at helping children on the Outer Banks with autism or any kind of intellectual, development, or learning disability. Charitable organizations that serve these children — or their families — are encouraged to apply. The David Aycock Loy Fund has over $1,850 to award this year in grants, but excellent projects may be eligible for additional matching dollars from the Community Enrichment program.

Pauline Wright Grants are aimed at helping adults or children in Dare and/or Currituck Counties with Down syndrome or any other kind of intellectual or developmental disability. The program was made possible by a generous gift from the late Mrs. Wright, who bequeathed her house in Southern Shores to the Community Foundation to award these annual grants, as well as to support the Dare County Arts Council, Currituck County Public Library, and the Currituck Animal Shelter.

Both nonprofits and government agencies are eligible to apply for Pauline Wright Grants, but priority emphasis may be given to programs in schools, and/or job-training and life skills programs for adults. Pauline Wright Grants are available for both Dare County and Currituck County. Each county has a separate fund, each with $7,000 to award this year; projects benefiting both Dare and Currituck could draw from both funds. Excellent projects may also be eligible for additional matching dollars from the Community Enrichment program.

In past years, the Community Foundation awarded Pauline Wright and David Aycock Loy Grants to: Mane & Taill Therapeutic Horsemanship Academy for camp scholarships; Monarch Lighthouse and Beach Clubs for art, kitchen, and fitness equipment; the OBX Chapter of the Autism Society for social understanding workshops; the Town of Nags Head for the accessible playground at Dowdy Park; the local Special Olympics chapter for uniforms and athletic equipment; and the Nags Head and Southern Shores Fire Departments for beach wheelchairs.

The Community Foundation is also accepting applications for its Aviation Education Program. The Aviation Education Fund, which was established by Phil and Mary Woodruff in 2007, has $335 to award this year, but excellent projects may be eligible for matching dollars from the Community Enrichment program.

And a new fund this year is dedicated to all creatures great and small — the Schiffman Fund for Animals. This new program was established in 2016 by Lila Schiffman of Wanchese, known for her compassion for animals and especially her dedicated rehabilitation of squirrels and other wildlife. This year, $250 will be awarded from the Schiffman Fund for projects dedicated to the protection, care, and rehabilitation of animals and wildlife. Again, excellent projects may be eligible for matching dollars from the Community Enrichment program.

“Because our Aviation Education and Schiffman grants are small awards, organizations can apply for these funds with a simple, one-page letter that explains the project, and how they would spend the grant money,” said Lorelei Costa, the Executive Director of the Community Foundation. “If an organization has a larger project in mind, they can apply for matching funds through our online application at www.obcf.org. Larger requests should meet our Community Enrichment Grants criteria.”

Before submitting an application for any grant, prospective applicants should first review the criteria online, and then contact Lorelei Costa at 252-261-8839 to discuss their projects. Then, all grant applications must be completed and submitted through the Community Foundation’s website: www.obcf.org. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 28. Grant decisions will be announced on Thursday, June 1.


Photo courtesy of Dare County Special Olympics.

Community Foundation Board of Directors (Left to right, back: Greg Honeycutt, Ray White, Teresa Osborne, Bruce Austin, Chris Seawell, Clark Twiddy and front: Nancy Caviness, Nancy Sugg, Scott Brown, Loretta Michael)

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.

Seven local nonprofits received Community Enrichment Grants, which are grants given on a competitive basis to nonprofits that apply online for funds. The Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County received $5,000 to bring “Paperhand Puppets” to Dare County for performances and demonstrations in May at the Dowdy Park Opening in Nags Head and KidsFest in Manteo. Children at Play was awarded $4,380 for a new play exhibit of educational building blocks for the Outer Banks Children’s Museum.

Roanoke Island Historical Association received $5,000 for audio upgrades for The Lost Colony production. First Colony Foundation was awarded $5,000 for a public symposium in Dare County in October about the archaeological evidence of the Lost Colony’s possible relocation to Site X in Bertie County. The Don & Catharine Bryan Cultural Series received $3,000 to provide 150 free tickets for students to attend the May performance of H.M.S. Pinafore by the NY Gilbert and Sullivan Players.

Two organizations received capacity-building grants, which are Community Enrichment Grants designed to enhance the organizational effectiveness and sustainability of local nonprofits. Interfaith Community Outreach received $5,000 for computer technology and strategic planning, and GEM Adult Day Services received $2,987 for equipment for their new office.

In addition to the application-based Community Enrichment Grants, awards were also granted from the Kelly Family Fund, the Community Foundation’s oldest and largest donor-advised fund. Donor-advised funds are managed on behalf of individuals and families, who recommend the grants that are awarded. This month the Kelly Family Fund gave $5,000 to the Outer Banks Hospital, $1,000 to the Dare Community Care Clinic, $500 to the North Banks Rotary, $1,450 to Outer Banks Sporting Events, $1,000 to the NC Aquarium Society, $3,000 to East Carolina University Education Foundation, $1,200 to Roanoke Island Historical Association, $2,500 to the NC Coastal Federation, and $2,000 to the Outer Banks Relief Foundation.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications for Community Enrichment Grants, as well as the annual Pauline Wright, David Aycock Loy, Aviation Education, and Schiffman Grants. The Wright and Loy Grants are intended to help people in Dare and Currituck Counties with intellectual and developmental disabilities, while Schiffman Grants will support the protection, care, and rehabilitation of animals and wildlife. Proposals must be submitted online at www.obcf.org by Friday, April 28.

Photograph by Biff Jennings, Shooters at the Beach.


Chris Seawell, Vice-President of the Community Foundation, presents the 2017 Champion Award posthumously to Don and Catharine Bryan for their many contributions to the Outer Banks, including the establishment and sustaining of the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series. Accepting the Champion Award are Robert Hobbs and Bob Muller, executors of the Bryans’ estates. Also pictured is Community Foundation Executive Director, Lorelei Costa.

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

The Outer Banks Community Foundation announced the winners of its Champion Award and its Nonprofit Video Contest at the organization’s annual meeting last month. New board members were elected by the organization’s members, and four departing board members were honored.

After a beautiful and enthusiastic musical performance by the Monarch Lighthouse Club Bell Ringers, guests enjoyed a delicious lunch and elected four new members to the Community Foundation’s board of directors: Bruce Austin of Manteo, Nancy Caviness of Duck, Greg Honeycutt of Ocracoke, and Clark Twiddy of Colington.

Scott Brown and Nancy Sugg, Co-Chairs of the Scholarship Committee, announced that the Community Foundation gave out over $150,000 in scholarships to 75 deserving students in 2016. Scott Leggat, Chair of the Grants Committee, announced that over $500,000 in grants were awarded in 2016 through Community Enrichment Grants, Donor-Advised Funds, and other endowment distributions.

Video contest winners were announced: the Dare County Arts Council came in first place, winning a grant of $2,000, followed by GEM Adult Day Services in second place with a grant of $1,000, and Food for Thought in third place with a grant of $500. The winning videos, as well as all of the entries from this year’s and past years’ contests, can be viewed below, or by clicking here.

Four outstanding board members were thanked for their generous service to the Community Foundation: John Graham, Deloris Harrell, Dorothy Hester, and Bob Muller. All have now received the honorable status of Emeritus Director with the Community Foundation.

Chris Seawell, Vice-President of the Community Foundation, conferred this year’s Champion Award posthumously to Don and Catharine Bryan, the founders and sustainers of the Don & Catharine Bryan Cultural Series, a nonprofit that brings significant arts and cultural events to the Outer Banks.

In announcing the award, Mr. Seawell stated: “In addition to their legacy of service to our country and their selfless participation in local government and volunteerism, Don and Catharine were passionate about the arts. With many of their neighbors, they had a vision of inspiring, educating, and challenging our community through presentations of exceptional visual, literary, and performing arts. To ensure this vision, they chose to leave significant gifts in their wills to the Outer Banks Community Foundation.”

The Community Foundation now stewards and manages the Bryans’ gifts in a perpetual endowment fund to benefit the Cultural Series, which today is the largest fund that the Community Foundation holds.

Since Mr. and Mrs. Bryan’s family live out of town, accepting the 2017 Champion Award on their behalf were Bob Muller and Robert Hobbs, executors of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan’s estates, respectively.

Finally, Teresa Osborne, the 2017 President of the Community Foundation, closed the meeting with the news that in honor of the organization’s upcoming 35th birthday on November 30, 2017, the Community Foundation would offer a Matching Fund Challenge for nonprofits. Eighteen nonprofits are now registered for endowment support through the Challenge.

Photograph courtesy of Biff Jennings, Shooters at the Beach.


BELOW: Playlist of all video contest entries since 2012!

Community Foundation 2017

Twenty-One 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 by Community Foundation President Teresa Osborne at the organization’s annual meeting in February. Additionally, eleven other charities are getting help from the Community Foundation to grow their existing endowments.

In all, twenty-one nonprofits are participating in the program, from Ocracoke to Kitty Hawk, Hatteras Island to Roanoke Island. The causes they support range from health care to the arts, fire protection to animal welfare, historic preservation to emergency assistance for people in need.

“We are excited that so many diverse nonprofits from across the Outer Banks are taking advantage of this new grant program,” said Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s executive director.

The goal of the Matching Fund Challenge, she said, is to help local nonprofits create, build, and publicize endowment funds. “An endowment can be extremely beneficial to a nonprofit because it can provide easy, reliable income each year to support the nonprofit’s mission,” stated Ms. Costa. “Endowments really are perpetual legacy funds that are invested to sustain a nonprofit for generations to come.”

The Matching Fund Challenge includes two components. First, the Community Foundation pledged $2,500 as a matching grant to local nonprofits that in turn pledged to contribute or raise a minimum of $2,500. The combined $5,000 would be invested in the organization’s endowment fund.

Second, the Community Foundation offered $1,000 Marketing Mini-Grants for organizations to promote their endowment to their supporters.

“We are automatically giving a Marketing Mini-Grant to every organization in the Matching Fund Challenge,” said Ms. Costa. “We are also offering five stand-alone Mini-Grants to organizations that already have endowments and just want resources to promote them.”

Organizations were included in the Challenge on a first-come, first-served basis. Originally the Community Foundation had planned to offer just 10 slots in this initial year. “But when 17 organizations signed up by 10:00 am on the first day of registration, we realized that there was huge demand for endowment funding,” explained Ms. Costa. “So we added more slots to include every group that committed on that first day.”

The organizations participating in the Matching Fund Challenge are the Beach Food Pantry, Chicamacomico Historical Association, Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County, Community Care Clinic of Dare, Dare County Arts Council, Dare County Boat Builders Foundation, Food for Thought, Friends of Outer Banks History Center, Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, Hatteras Village Civic Association, Interfaith Community Outreach, NC Lions VIP Fishing Tournament, Ocracoke Community Radio, Ocracoke Fire Protection Association, Outer Banks Hotline, Outer Banks Relief Foundation, and Outer Banks Sporting Events.

These groups have until November 30 to raise $2,500 each to take advantage of the matching grant.

“Anyone can help any one of these organizations receive their matching funds,” said Ms. Costa. “Interested donors should contact their favorite charities on the list to pledge their support.” The Community Foundation is asking each individual group to collect donations from supporters to ensure that gifts are attributed correctly.

In addition to the aforementioned nonprofits, the Elizabethan Gardens, Outer Banks SPCA, First Flight Society, and  Ocracoke Youth Center will receive stand-alone Marketing Mini-Grants to promote their endowments. There is still ONE additional slot available to one other organization that has an existing endowment and simply wants marketing funds. This slot will close on June 30.

“The Matching Grant Challenge could not come at a better time for nonprofits,” said Ms. Costa. “Here on the Outer Banks, the competition for grants, donations, and business sponsorships has become incredibly fierce. An endowment, on the other hand, can provide dependable funding for a nonprofit for countless years ahead.”

Any 501(c)3 serving the Outer Banks that missed the Matching Fund Challenge in 2017 will have another chance in 2018, when the Community Foundation board intends to renew the Challenge in some iteration. Click here for more information about the Matching Fund Challenge.

Trisha Lester, Acting President, NC Center for Nonprofits

Community Foundation Announces Free Fundraising Workshop

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is offering a free seminar for nonprofits entitled “The Fundamentals of Fundraising” on Friday, March 31. The workshop will be held from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese.

Trisha Lester, acting president of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, will be the lead instructor, along with several local nonprofit leaders.

Staff, board members, and volunteers for local nonprofits can register online by clicking here. Registration is free and includes a tasty boxed lunch. However, space is limited, and enrollment closes on Monday, March 27.

The seminar is intended to provide a general overview of fundraising fundamentals for nonprofit personnel. In particular, this workshop will target entry-level staff and new board members and volunteers.

The course will endeavor to answer several key questions, including: What fundraising strategies make sense for your nonprofit? What goes into the cultivation and stewardship of donors? How do you retain donors for the long term? When does it make sense to do special events? How does working with institutional funders differ from working with individual donors?

Additionally, the course will cover the role of board members in fundraising, and the principles and best practices around the ethical and proper handling of funds.

Midway through Trisha’s seminar, the group will break out into three concurrent roundtable sessions to discuss fundraising strategies that work on the Outer Banks. Several local nonprofit directors will lead the discussions and offer their expertise. Deb MacDonald, executive director of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation, will lead a small group discussion on annual membership campaigns. Michael Lewis, executive director of Outer Banks Hotline, will speak about earned income, including thrift shop income. Carl Curnutte, executive director of the Elizabethan Gardens, will present on special event fundraisers. All participants will have the opportunity to attend each of these three roundtables.

“Fundraising is by far our most requested topic for our nonprofit seminars,” said Lorelei Costa, executive director of the Community Foundation, “and we are delighted to have Trisha Lester present, with her wealth of expertise. We invite any volunteer, staff, or board member of any nonprofit serving the Outer Banks to attend this free workshop.”

Trisha Lester earned her BA at the University of Maryland-College Park and her masters in nonprofit management at New School University. Trisha has worked at the Center for Nonprofits for 24 years in a number of roles, most recently as Senior Vice President. Previously, she worked in fundraising for the NJ Symphony Orchestra, New School University, and Prep for Prep, and in special projects for Carnegie Corporation of New York. She currently serves on the board of the National Council of Nonprofits and was previously a board member of the Nonprofit Mutual Risk Retention Group, Latino Community Development Center, NC Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service, Leadership America NC, and Volunteers for Youth. Trisha was a 2003 Eisenhower Fellow and traveled to Argentina, Bolivia, and Perú to study NGOs.

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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.

The Community Foundation manages 50 separate scholarship programs and expects to award over $155,000 to students this year. Graduating high school seniors, current college students, and adult continuing education candidates from Dare County, Currituck County, and Ocracoke are eligible to apply.

Scholarships range from one-time awards of $350, to four-year awards totaling $24,000.

“We have scholarships for a huge diversity of students,” said Lorelei Costa, Executive Director of the Community Foundation. “Art majors, math majors, musicians, firefighters, tennis players, law enforcement majors, cheerleaders, community college students, vocational students, and more — all are encouraged to apply.”

From the Community Foundation’s scholarship launch site, students can apply for any Community Foundation scholarship. Applicants begin the process by completing a short questionnaire, which quickly and easily directs them to the scholarships for which they’re eligible.

From there, students complete one common application, upload one transcript, submit any required essays, and apply for all Community Foundation scholarships for which they are eligible, all in one place. Teachers and community members can provide confidential recommendations online, without having to make multiple copies for multiple applications.

Though many of the Community Foundation’s scholarships are merit-based, the majority of awards consider financial need. For the need-based awards, students are required to complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and upload the resulting Student Aid Report into their application.

“If I could give one tip to every applicant, it would be: Start early!” said Ms. Costa. “Please don’t wait until March 26 to begin your application. We have a strict deadline, and if you start too late, you might not get your recommendation letters and Student Aid Report in time.”

This year the Community Foundation is launching several new scholarship programs. The Osborne Scholarship, established by Teresa and Butch Osborne, will assist graduating high school seniors from Dare County. Preference may be shown to students with financial need, and those who plan to attend either a North Carolina community college or four-year college.

Also new this year is the Joe Riddick Trade and Technical Scholarship, which will help Dare County students pay for trade and technical courses related to the construction field.

The OBX Scholars Program is also new in 2017. The OBX Scholars Program is the Community Foundation’s broadest scholarship program, and it will assist deserving Dare County and Ocracoke students of all backgrounds, interests, and academic goals attend the college of their dreams.

The Community Foundation is also managing the endowment for the new Wayne Fulcher Art Scholarship, which will support Hatteras or Ocracoke Island high school students seeking to study the arts. This scholarship was established by the Indian Town Gallery in Buxton and will be administered by the Dare County Arts Council; interested students should contact the Arts Council to apply.

The Community Foundation partners with College of the Albemarle (COA) to offer many other, diverse vocational and continuing education scholarships, including the First Flight Society Scholarship, which will support students in the field of aviation systems technology. Also new this year, the Milton Jewell Trade and Technical Scholarship includes special funds for students in COA’s new Hospitality and Tourism Certificate Program, thanks to a donation from Twiddy Realty. Interested students should contact COA to apply.

The Community Foundation also is partnering with Manteo Rotary on the Percy W. and Elizabeth G. Meekins Scholarships for the first time this year. The applications and selections are handled by Manteo Rotary; interested students should contact Rotary to apply.

For descriptions of all Community Foundation scholarships, click here.

Scholarship funds have been generously donated from individuals, families, businesses, nonprofits, civic groups, and government agencies to help local students pursue higher education. Any community member can establish a scholarship fund with the Community Foundation by calling Lorelei Costa at 252-261-8839.

All scholarship winners will be announced at their schools’ Senior Awards Night in May and June.

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Community Foundation Announces Matching Fund Challenge

The Board President of the Outer Banks Community Foundation announced a new “Matching Fund Challenge” for nonprofits at the foundation’s annual meeting on February 16.

Speaking to an audience of over 100 community leaders and philanthropists, Teresa Osborne announced that up to 10 nonprofits would receive grants of $3,500 each to build and publicize a new or existing endowment fund held at the Community Foundation. The awards would include a $2,500 matching grant for the endowment fund, and another $1,000 to publicize it.

An additional five other nonprofits that already have endowments with the Community Foundation would receive $1,000 “Marketing Mini-Grants” to publicize their funds.

“Nonprofit endowment funds are permanent funds that are invested by the Community Foundation on behalf of a nonprofit to sustain that organization into the future,” explained Ms. Osborne. “With this Matching Fund Challenge, we hope to help our local nonprofits create, build, and promote endowment funds to benefit their mission for generations to come.”

Nonprofits can receive annual distributions from their endowment fund for any charitable purpose — up to 5% of the fund balance — while the principal remains invested in perpetuity. Since 1993, the Community Foundation’s average annual rate of return on investments has been over 8.8%, net of investment fees.

“Normally, the minimum to start a nonprofit endowment at the Community Foundation is $5,000,” said Ms. Osborne. “With this matching grant opportunity, however, the organization needs to raise only $2,500. The Community Foundation will contribute the remaining $2,500 needed — and we will provide $1,000 for the nonprofit to promote its fund to potential donors.”

“The Matching Grant Challenge could not come at a better time for nonprofits,” said Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s Executive Director. “Here on the Outer Banks, the competition for grants, donations, and business sponsorships has become incredibly fierce. An endowment fund, on the other hand, can provide easy, reliable income for a nonprofit for countless years ahead.”

There is no application necessary to participate in the Matching Fund Challenge. Starting Monday, February 20, any nonprofit serving the Outer Banks can sign up on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested nonprofits should first contact Lorelei Costa (252-261-8839) to confirm availability and to confirm that they meet certain eligibility requirements (e.g., 501c3 status; see our FAQ for more details). To reserve their spot in the Challenge, groups must sign a letter of intent, which will be provided by the Community Foundation. Groups have through November 30, 2017 to raise or contribute the matching funds necessary.

More than 40 nonprofits across the Outer Banks already partner with the Community Foundation for endowment management. Among them are the Beach Food Pantry, Outer Banks SPCA, Ocracoke Youth Center, Elizabethan Gardens, Interfaith Community Outreach, Bryan Cultural Series, Chicamacomico Historical Association, Dare County Arts Council, Outer Banks YMCA, Dare Education Foundation, Food for Thought, Ocracoke Preservation Society, First Flight Society, and Outer Banks Relief Foundation. Many of these organizations started their funds in 2006, when the Community Foundation held its last Matching Fund Challenge.

“This is an opportunity for organizations that have never worked with us, as well as groups that have funds with us already but want to grow them,” said Ms. Costa. “Six of the 10 matching grants will be initially reserved for nonprofits that are starting a fund for the first time, but charities with existing funds can also sign up for the Challenge to add to their funds.”

The $1,000 Marketing Mini-Grants are another way that organizations with existing funds can grow their endowments. Additionally, the Community Foundation will be offering a free Legacy Fundraising Seminar in the fall of 2017 to any local nonprofit to introduce the concepts of charitable endowments and fundraising for planned gifts.

Any interested organization that misses the Matching Fund Challenge in 2017 will have another chance in 2018, when the Community Foundation board intends to renew the Challenge in some iteration.

For more information, please review the links below, and contact Lorelei Costa at 252-261-8839. Nonprofits can sign up for the 2017 Matching Fund Challenge and Marketing Mini-Grants starting Monday, February 20 by contacting Lorelei.

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Annual Meeting 2017!


Thank you for registering for the Annual Meeting of the Outer Banks Community Foundation!

The luncheon meeting will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel at 1701 South Virginia Dare Trail in Kill Devil Hills.

If you have registered in advance, please arrive at 11:30 am to enjoy live music performed by the Monarch Lighthouse Club Bell Ringers. A delicious lunch will be served at noon, after which we will conduct some brief membership business, watch the winning videos from our annual video contest, and hear about a special grant opportunity for 2017.

Registration has now closed. If you are interested in attending, please call 252-261-8839 to check on availability. Thank you!

Left to right: Lorelei Costa, Outer Banks Community Foundation Executive Director, Jennifer Joyce and Clark Twiddy, Twiddy & Company Realtors

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 to Dare County students who are taking classes in the College of The Albemarle’ s (COA) Hospitality and Tourism Certification program.

Available at the Roanoke Island Campus of COA in Manteo, this program offers three certifications for the hospitality and tourism industry: Reservations, Housekeeping, and Maintenance. Core classes might include Data Entry, Keyboarding, Communication Skills, Problem Solving, Teamwork, Getting to Know the Outer Banks, Understanding the Tourism Industry, Safety in the Field, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Safety, and Safety and Health Hazards in the Workplace. Scholarship recipients can use the funds to pay for class tuition, fees, supplies and equipment.

To learn more about COA’s Hospitality and Tourism program and this opportunity, please contact Sherri May, College of The Albemarle, at 252-473-2264 ext. 7511.

Twiddy & Company Realtors is a family-owned and operated company specializing in Outer Banks rentals on the coast of North Carolina for nearly 40 years. (www.twiddy.com)


OBX Relief Foundation Creates New Fund Honoring the Late Warren Judge

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.

The fund will be held at the Outer Banks Community Foundation and will provide ongoing and perpetual support for any and all of the Relief Foundation’s program, operating, and/or capital needs.

Named the Warren Cameron Judge III Endowment Fund, the new fund honors the late civic leader who humbly served his community in extraordinary ways. Serving on the Dare County Board of Commissioners, the Dare County Tourism Board, the Dare County Airport Authority, the Joint Committee on Beach Access, Outer Banks Catch Executive Committee, UNC Coastal Studies Institute Board, College of the Albemarle Board, Shoreline Management Commission, Dare County Social Services Board, Children and Youth Partnership Board, Dare County Youth Center Advisory Board, the Town Council for Jamestown, NC, and the organizing team for Jamestown’s youth baseball league, Warren led countless community initiatives that improved the lives of his neighbors in immeasurable ways.

“Warren was a true public servant. He tirelessly dedicated himself to serving his fellow citizens in need and family,” said John Gillam, President of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation. “We were recently blessed by a donation from the Joe Coors, Jr. family for the future sustainability of our mission. We could not think of a better use of those funds than to establish a local endowment in Warren’s name whose purpose is also to serve our community and help people in need.”

“On behalf of my children and myself, we are humbled and honored by this fund being established in Warren’s name.” said Tess Judge. “Warren felt blessed to be a part of Dare County which he loved dearly and was passionate about all the citizens and their well-being. He would be so pleased to know that Dare County citizens facing a personal tragedy or disease will be assisted in such a compassionate and caring way.”

“Since we were founded 2005, the Relief Foundation has distributed over $1.4 million in aid to 684 citizens in need living and working in our community,” said Deb MacDonald, the Relief Foundation’s Interim Director, “and our staff, board, and volunteers work incredibly hard each year to raise these necessary funds. Now, with the establishment of a second, local endowment along with the Outer Banks Relief Foundation Fund through the Winston-Salem Foundation, we established permanent, sustainable sources of funds to supplement the annual dollars we raise. This means more support for our neighbors who are burdened financially through no fault if their own, and more importantly, sustainability for our nonprofit organization.”

True to its name, the Warren Cameron Judge III Endowment is structured as a permanent endowment, which means that the principal of the fund will remain invested with and by the Community Foundation, while the earnings will be used each year to support the Relief Foundation’s mission.

“All of us at the Community Foundation are honored to partner with the Relief Foundation in creating this perpetual endowment for people in need from the Outer Banks,” said Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s Executive Director. “From our partnership in establishing Dare County’s 211 call center, to the various grant funds we use to support the Relief Foundation, and now this new endowment fund, the Community Foundation is proud to help support this wonderful organization.”

The Community Foundation was established in 1982 and holds endowment funds by and for over 40 nonprofits and churches across the Outer Banks, including the Beach Food Pantry, Outer Banks SPCA, St. Andrews By-the-Sea, Elizabethan Gardens, Interfaith Community Outreach, Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station, Dare County Arts Council, Dare Education Foundation, and Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church. In total the Community Foundation manages over $14 million across 150 charitable funds on behalf of families, businesses, civic groups, and nonprofits. Since its founding the Community Foundation has used the earnings from these endowments to award over $8 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students in need.

Anyone can make a tax-deductible gift to the Warren Cameron Judge III Endowment in Warren’s memory at www.obcf.org/donate. To learn more about the Outer Banks Relief Foundation, please visit www.outerbanksrelieffoundation.com, or call 252-261-2004. To learn more about the Outer Banks Community Foundation, please visit www.obcf.org, or call 252-261-8839.


Photo Caption: Board and staff members of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation and the Outer Banks Community Foundation gathered on January 12 to celebrate the new Warren Cameron Judge III Endowment Fund. This new endowment, held by the Community Foundation, will provide financial support to the Relief Foundation for generations to come to assist citizens in need from across the Outer Banks. From left to right: John Gillam, Ervin Bateman, Patty McKenna, Teresa Osborne, Jane Webster, Scott Brown, Nancy Sugg, Jim Kenny, Tess Judge, Lorelei Costa, and Deb MacDonald.