$10,000 Grant Awarded for State of the Child Conference

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has awarded a grant of $10,000 to the Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County’s upcoming State of the Child Conference, scheduled for September 26, 2014. It will be Dare County’s fifth such conference focusing on children’s issues.

The theme of the conference this year is positive parenting, and the goal is to jumpstart a “positive message campaign” to support and encourage positive behaviors among children, families, and adult role models.

The Community Foundation has a long history of championing our local children and youth, beginning with a $500 grant in 1987 for Dare County’s first State of the Child conference. After that initial success, the Community Foundation renewed and increased that support with a $1,000 grant for the 1994 State of the Child Conference.

The idea for the 1994 conference was to bring together all the players in the arena of children’s issues so that they could identify community needs and solutions. The Community Foundation convened a large planning committee, which developed a list of needs to be presented to the public. The conference that followed was entitled “Make Kids Count” and was dedicated to improving the well-being of children in our community.

“The partnership that worked to create the conference was a big one, and it was set up to ensure an ongoing focus on youth and children’s issues,” said Deloris Harrell, who, with Betty Blanchard, co-chaired the effort.

The topics for the 1994 conference were far-reaching and broad in scope: economic and geographic factors affecting children and families, a needs assessment for health resources, consequences of risk-taking behaviors, ways to strengthen families and support parents, crisis interventions for children in problematic family situations, and gaps in community safety nets for youth.

Elected officials, business leaders, and interested community members attended the conference to both learn and offer support for the development of the programs.

The dividends that followed went far beyond “just” a conference. The direct results included the development of a youth center governed by a youth council that expanded throughout the county; school nurses in each of the schools; increased funding for out-of-home placement for at-risk children; multiple levels of support for childcare services; and more funding for programs to support and strengthen families in all areas of the county.

The first priority following the conference was the creation of a partnership, modeled after North Carolina’s Smart Start, with a diverse governing board composed of business, government, youth, church, and civic representation. It was set up as a nonprofit and tasked with assessing youth needs, seeking and securing funding for programs, avoiding duplication of services, and maximizing the use of existing facilities.

And in September 1994, Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County was organized as a nonprofit agency whose mission was to provide programs and services to children and their families in Dare County.

The Partnership decided to tackle two issues that came out of the conference: the need for a wholesome gathering place for teens, and the lack of sufficient placement options for abused/neglected children in Dare County. These initiatives resulted in the creation of the Dare County Youth Center and Youth Council, and the creation of the Wright Place for Youth group home for children needing out-of-home placement. Both initiatives received start-up grants from the Outer Banks Community Foundation.

Shortly thereafter, in 1998, the Partnership was selected to administer the state’s Smart Start Early Childhood program for Dare County. The program has expanded and continues to date, offering a variety of programs and resources aimed at ensuring the healthy development and school readiness for all children from birth to five years of age.

Two of the Partnerships’ recent, more commonly-known programs are KidsFest, an annual spring event held at Roanoke Island Festival Park, celebrating young children learning through play, and Imagination Library, which mails beautiful books to participating children to encourage a solid foundation for reading. Additional programs offer support for child care providers and parents through projects such as BabyLinks, Raising A Reader, Reach Out and Read, Child Care Subsidies, Parents As Teachers, and Child Care Resource and Referral.

The organization’s first director, Loretta Michael, continues to serve in that capacity.

“Since the 1994 State of the Child conference, we have held two additional How Are the Children? conferences, both supported by the Community Foundation,” said Michael. “And next September, we will convene another, this time focusing on growing ‘Positive Community Norms’ in an effort to develop a county-wide culture that supports parenting. Our long-term goal is that parents and adults in our community will support ‘positive parenting’ and serve as good role models. “

The Positive Community Norms program (PCN) was developed at Montana State University, is research-based, and has a good track record. It incorporates Social Norms Theory, which shows the powerful impact that norms have on how people think and behave. A Positive Community Norms campaign can correct certain misperceptions or normative behaviors and build the willingness of a community to engage in healthier, safer behaviors, be it alcohol consumption, traffic safety, or child maltreatment. Nancy Griffin and Tess Judge, co-chairs of the 2014 conference, have been conducting monthly planning meetings with a conference steering committee to get ready for next September’s event and the launch of the Positive Community Norms program.

Children & Youth Partnership will celebrate 20 years of service to children and families in Dare County next September as it convenes the 5th State of the Child Conference on September 26, 2014 — a fitting time to once again ask: “How are the Children?”

Today the Children & Youth Partnership is governed by a diverse, 21-member board of directors and employs a small, dedicated staff who, along with the board, offer an array of preventive and supportive services for children and families in Dare County. Details about these programs can be found on the website at www.darekids.org.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a public charity that connects people who care with causes that matter. The Community Foundation manages $12 million in 125 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards charitable grants to local nonprofits, administers 40 scholarship funds, and provides tailored services to help donors pursue their charitable interests. Since its inception in 1982, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students.

Donations to the Community Foundation’s Children and Youth Fund may be made online or mailed to 13 Skyline Road, Southern Shores, NC 27949. For more information, call 252-261-8839.



Photo caption: Members of the State of the Child Steering Committee accept a $10,000 grant award from the Outer Banks Community Foundation. From left: Tim White; Lorelei Costa (Community Foundation Executive Director); Amy Denson; Roxana Ballinger; Lisa DiFilippo; Nancy Griffin, steering committee Co-Chair; Amy Montgomery; Sara Sampson; Carol Copeland; Thea Crane O’Neil; Angela Owens; and Kip Tabb. (Other committee members not present: Tess Judge, Co-Chair; Amber Bodner; Kelly Nettnin; Dee McManus; Leigh Ann Vincent; Lisa Murphy; Melinda Mogowski; and Loretta Michael.)

Sandy Semans Ross, Loretta Michael, and Lorelei Costa contributed to this article.

Community Foundation and Whalehead Trust Introduce Family Funds

The Whalehead Preservation Trust and the Outer Banks Community Foundation have established two new charitable funds for the preservation and celebration of Whalehead in Historic Corolla.

The George Alden “Buck” Thornton III Memorial Fund was established in memory of the legendary volunteer who helped bring the once-crumbling Whalehead Club back to life. Mr. Thornton served as Chairman of the Whalehead Preservation Trust from 1996 to 2003 and spearheaded the very successful Knight’s Ball fundraisers, leading the way to the spectacular restoration of one of the Outer Banks’s most stunning crown jewels.

More than 50 donors to date have contributed to the Buck Thornton Memorial Fund, which will memorialize and celebrate Mr. Thornton and his legacy at Whalehead, by preserving and celebrating the historic house, its storied past, its bright future, and its surrounding acreage.

The Franklin Y. Hundley Education Fund was established with a gift from an anonymous donor who wished to provide perpetual support of innovation, growth, and new educational programs at Whalehead. The fund is in honor of a beloved family member and may support new education initiatives such as “Night of a Thousand Stars,” which inspired over 2,500 Currituck students to read more than 1,000,000 pages last fall.

“We are so grateful to all of the donors behind the Franklin Y. Hundley Education Fund and the Buck Thornton Memorial Fund for supporting the cultural treasure of Whalehead,” said Jeanne Meiggs, President of the Whalehead Preservation Trust.

“Buck left a real legacy of generosity and passion for Whalehead,” said Ray Meiggs, chief executive officer of Whalehead. “His colorful personality, sparkling blue eyes, and infectious smile lit up the house whenever he walked through the door. It was not uncommon to hear Buck strike the keys of our beautifully restored 1903 Steinway grand piano with the exclamation, ‘Listen to that baby!’ ”

Continued Mr. Meiggs: “We are delighted to honor his memory by establishing this charitable fund in his name with the Outer Banks Community Foundation.”

The Franklin Y. Hundley Education Fund was established as a permanent endowment, which means that the funds are invested in perpetuity with the Community Foundation, and only a portion is spent each year. In contrast, the Buck Thornton Memorial Fund is not endowed, giving Whalehead Trust the ability to use the full fund at any time, as needs and opportunities arise to memorialize Buck and celebrate Whalehead for future generations.

“These two new innovative funds are great examples of the flexible and diverse options we can offer to donors and nonprofits,” said Lorelei Costa, executive director of the Community Foundation.

“These first two Family Funds for Whalehead are just the beginning,” continued Ms. Costa. “Any family, individual, or business can establish and name a charitable fund for Whalehead with the Community Foundation, with a gift today or a planned gift for the future.”

“Through these two funds with the Community Foundation, the Whalehead Preservation Trust has honored the requests of our donors and Bronwyn Thornton to strengthen forever the bonds of visionary loved ones to an important piece of our culture and our history,” said Mr. Meiggs. “We will work closely with them in providing good stewardship and protecting the integrity of the purpose of the fund.”

Additionally, anyone can contribute to the Buck Thornton Memorial Fund and/or the Franklin Y. Hundley Education Fund from the Community Foundation’s online donation page.

For more information on establishing a Family Fund for Whalehead, contact Ms. Costa at 252-261-8839.

 

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a public charity that connects people who care with causes that matter. The Community Foundation manages $12 million in 125 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards charitable grants to local nonprofits, administers 40 scholarship funds, and provides tailored services to help donors pursue their charitable interests. Since its inception in 1982, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students.

The Whalehead Preservation Trust, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is entrusted by the citizens of Currituck County with the responsibility to preserve, protect, and interpret the historic architectural, cultural, decorative, ecological, and social significance of Whalehead in Historic Corolla and surrounding grounds to the public though tours, exhibits, educational programs, and events. It is located just past milepost 11 on Route 12 North in Corolla, NC.

 

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Photo Caption: Leaders from Whalehead and the Community Foundation celebrate two new Family Funds for Whalehead. Posing in Whalehead’s library in front of a painting of Anna Magill Knight, from left to right: Jeanne Meiggs, Ed Olsen, Bronwyn Thornton (holding Buck’s favorite hat), Lorelei Costa, and Ray Meiggs.

Introducing the Ocracoke Island Realty and Village Realty Scholarship Fund

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is thrilled to announce its newest scholarship endowment: the Ocracoke Island Realty and Village Realty Scholarship Fund.

Starting this year, this fund will award annual scholarships to college-bound and current college students based on academic performance. Preference may be given to dependents of employees of Village Realty and/or Ocracoke Island Realty. Graduating high school seniors, current college students, home-school students, and GED students from Hyde, Dare, Currituck, Tyrell, Washington, Camden, and Pasquotank counties are all eligible to apply.

This year 63 students applied for the Ocracoke Island Realty and Village Realty Scholarship. Winners will be announced at the students’ senior awards ceremonies.

Employees of Ocracoke Island Realty and Village Realty are pictured here with Community Foundation executive director Lorelei Costa.

BANXblock and Community Foundation Announce New Grant-Making Fund

The Outer Banks Community Foundation and the makers of BANXblock sunscreen are delighted to announce a new charitable endowment fund that will make grants to nonprofits for outdoor recreation and environmental protection.

The newly established BANXblock Beach Fund will provide assistance to local nonprofits that help people of all ages in appreciating, discovering, and enjoying the great outdoors across the Outer Banks. The fund will also support nonprofits that protect the local environment through recycling programs, beach clean-ups, gardens, environmental education, trails and greenways, and other inclusive strategies.

Developed here on the Outer Banks, BANXblock is a new, all-natural sunscreen created by local plastic surgeon Jeff Pokorny to protect against UVA and UVB rays, while being resistant to water, sweat, and wind. The locally owned company has committed a portion of every sale of the sunscreen to the Outer Banks Community Foundation for the BANXblock Beach Fund.

“BANXblock is a doctor-developed and surfer-approved high-performance sunscreen,” said Anne Pokorny, a registered dietician and founder of BANXblock. “We use mineral-based, cruelty-free ingredients that are safe for people and safe for our oceans. We’ve steered clear of all those chemicals that harm reefs and have been linked to cancer with longtime usage.”

“The Community Foundation is so excited about this partnership with BANXblock,” said Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s executive director. “This new fund will give us dedicated grant money, for the first time, to support environmental education, beautification projects, and opportunities to get more kids and adults outside.”

“Whenever you purchase a bottle of BANXblock, you are helping to protect our beautiful Outer Banks,” said Ms. Pokorny. “A little goes a long way.”

BANXblock is available at stores throughout the area, including Made in the OBX, Secret Spot Surf Shop, Outer Banks Boarding Company, The Pit, Farm Dog Surf School, Bear Drugs, and Sunshine Pharmacy, just to name a few. Many more locations will be carrying BANXblock as we near the summer season.

For additional information about the sunscreen, visit www.banxblock.com, or contact April Peters at april@banxblock.com or 252-715-1652. For more information about the Community Foundation, visit www.obcf.org, or contact Lorelei Costa at lcosta@obcf.org or 252-455-1404.

  

Photo Caption: Representatives from BANXblock and the Outer Banks Community Foundation celebrate the new BANXblock Beach Fund, which will support charities that get people outside and protect the local environment. Seated in the photo are the founders of BANXblock: April Peters, Anne Pokorny, and Stephanie Wills. Standing are Community Foundation representatives Lorelei Costa, Avery Harrison, and Bob Muller.

Announcing New Grant Programs For Individuals with IDDs

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications for three new grants programs to support agencies helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs).

David Aycock Loy Grants are available to charitable organizations that serve children on the Outer Banks with developmental disabilities/disorders and/or learning disabilities, and/or the families of those children. Priority emphasis will be given to organizations serving children with autism.

Established in 2013 by his family, the David Aycock Loy Memorial Fund honors a boy who died too young, at the age of 18, from complications arising from hemophilia. The David Aycock Loy Memorial Fund has $275 to award this year, but excellent projects may be eligible for matching dollars from other Community Foundation funds. The David Aycock Loy Memorial Fund is a permanent endowment that will grow over time and award grants every spring.

Pauline Wright Grants are available to qualifying 501(c)3 charities and government agencies for educational, cultural, social, and/or developmental programs for individuals with Down syndrome and/or other IDDs. Priority emphasis will be given to programs in schools, programs benefitting children, 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 endowment fund, each with $7,200 to award this year. Excellent projects may be eligible for matching dollars from other Community Foundation funds. Projects benefitting both Dare and Currituck could draw from both funds.

The Pauline Wright Funds were established in 2013 by a bequest from Mrs. Wright, who died in 2011. The funds are invested as permanent endowments, which will grow over time and award grants every spring.

Additionally, the Community Foundation is also accepting applications for its traditional Community Enrichment grants program. Community Enrichment grants are open to any nonprofit serving the Outer Banks in the areas of: arts & culture; children & youth; education; the environment; disaster relief & prevention; health; historic interpretation & preservation; and other human services.

The application deadline for all requests is Friday, May 2. Applications must be completed and submitted online at www.tinyurl.com/ApplyOBCFGrant. Before submitting an application, prospective applicants are urged to contact Lorelei Costa at 252-261-8839 or by email.

 

More Information:
Community Enrichment Grants: Guidelines
Community Enrichment Grants: FAQ
David Aycock Loy and Pauline Wright Grants
Online Grant Application

Southern Shores Flat Top Tour on April 12 Showcases Community Foundation Home

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is proud to once again be a part of the Southern Shores Historic Flat Top Open House Tour on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The event will include the self-guided cottage tour from 1 pm to 5 pm, and a lecture on the historic architectural form at 11 am.

Tickets are just $5, and all proceeds will benefit the Flat Top Preservation Fund of the Outer Banks Community Foundation.

This second annual celebration of the beloved, iconic seaside cottages will start at 11:00 am at the Pitt Center of Southern Shores Town Hall with a presentation by Steve Gudas, PhD, on “The Lost Flat Tops of Southern Shores: The Vanishing Vernacular Architecture of the Northern Outer Banks.”

The presentation was designed by Marimar McNaughton, author of Outer Banks Architecture, who cannot attend the event due to a birth in the family. The presentation includes dozens of historic photographs drawn from the files of the late historian David Stick, whose father, Frank Stick, designed the homes.

The self-paced open house tour runs from 1 to 5 pm and includes 14 flat top cottages:

  • 13 Skyline Road* — Outer Banks Community Foundation
  • 78 Skyline Road — Buckley Cottage
  • 43 Ocean Boulevard — Powell Cottage
  • 62 Ocean Boulevard — Dunne’s Dune (most historic, built in 1947)
  • 69 Ocean Boulevard — Sea Spray
  • 113 Ocean Boulevard — Knight Cottage
  • 120 Ocean Boulevard — Four Gulls
  • 157 Ocean Boulevard — Sea Breezes duplex — Doyle Cottage
  • 169 Ocean Boulevard — Atlantic Breezes duplex — Schultheis Cottage
  • 172 Ocean Boulevard — Pink Perfection — Pipkin Cottage
  • 23 Porpoise Run — Sokol/Clements Cottage
  • 156 Wax Myrtle Trail* — Clarke Cottage (Gudas)
  • 159 Wax Myrtle Trail — Falconer Cottage
  • 218 Ocean Boulevard — Mackey Cottage

(* — tour headquarters)

Those who took the tour in 2013 will be delighted to find several new cottages on this year’s tour, including the charming Buckley Cottage and the delightful Pink Perfection on the oceanfront.

The $5 tickets will be available the day of the tour at the 11 am lecture at the Pitt Center, or beginning at 1 pm at either of the two flat top headquarters: 156 Wax Myrtle Trail (facing Porpoise Run) or 13 Skyline Road (the Community Foundation office).

Participants are encouraged to start the tour at either of the headquarters to purchase tickets and to pick up maps and cottage descriptions. The open houses will also be marked by red and blue balloons. The tour is self-guided and self-paced.

Parking is available at both headquarters and elsewhere along the tour, and several clusters of cottages are within easy walking distance of each other.

The historic, flat top cement block cottages of Southern Shores once dominated the town’s architectural landscape. Today, more than thirty examples of this original style still remain as flat tops, most built from indigenous Outer Banks materials. This style was envisioned by wildlife artist and developer Frank Stick, and most of these homes were constructed from the 1940s through the 1950s.

All of the proceeds from the tour will benefit the Flat Top Preservation Fund, an endowment established in 2009 for the purpose of maintaining and preserving in perpetuity the 1953 flat top cottage at 13 Skyline Road, which was bequeathed to the Community Foundation in 2007 by an anonymous donor. The cottage is now used as the Community Foundation’s office, and it is the only flat top in permanent protection.

The Flat Top Preservation Fund is used for necessary and historically accurate repairs and maintenance. Anyone can contribute to the Flat Top Preservation Fund from our donation page, by clicking “Other Fund” and selecting the Flat Top Fund from the list that appears.

More information is available at the Facebook page for Southern Shores Historic Flat Top Cottages.

The day before the Flat Top tour, the Kill Devil Hills Historic Landmark Tour will take place from 1 to 5 pm. Information is available at Kill Devil Hills Town Hall.

For additional information about the Southern Shores Flat Top tour, please contact Sally & Steve Gudas at 804-399-8342 or seatide1 @ gmail.com.

Community Foundation to Present Grants Info on April 2 in Avon

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is coming to Hatteras Island on Wednesday, April 2 to deliver a presentation about their nonprofit grants program. Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s Executive Director, will speak at 2:00 pm at the Avon Fire Station, and all nonprofits and interested parties are welcome.

Ms. Costa will provide an overview of the Community Foundation and its grant offerings, describe the foundation’s grants criteria, walk participants through the new application form, answer all questions, and offer essential tips for submitting a successful proposal.

The Community Foundation manages $12 million and 125 charitable funds for individuals, families, businesses, civic groups, and other organizations, awarding charitable grants to Outer Banks nonprofits and administering 40 scholarship programs. Since its inception in 1982, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students, including a $34,150 grant in 2013 for the Hatteras Village Medical Clinic.

The Community Foundation’s next grant application deadline is Friday, May 2. As always, any nonprofit serving Hatteras Island is invited to apply. Organizations may apply from the Community Foundation’s new website: www.obcf.org.

UPDATE! PLEASE NOTE:
Although the Outer Banks Collaborative meeting immediately preceding the presentation has been postponed, we are still doing the Community Foundation grants information session at 2:00 pm as planned at the Avon Fire Station on April 2. Hope to see you there!

Scholarship Deadline Is March 31

UPDATE: The scholarship application deadline for 2014 has now passed for all high school seniors and for all renewal candidates. Unfortunately we cannot accept late applications, late recommendations, or late transcripts. We will announce our high school winners at each school’s respective awards ceremony. We will inform renewal candidates of their status with a letter in May.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications from graduating high school seniors on its website. The application deadline is Monday, March 31.

The Community Foundation manages over 40 scholarship programs and awards over $120,000 to local students each year. Graduating seniors from Dare County, Currituck County, Ocracoke, and beyond are eligible and encouraged to apply.

“We have scholarships for a huge diversity of students,” said Lorelei Costa, Executive Director of the Community Foundation. “We have scholarships for tennis players, golf players, arts majors, engineering majors, law enforcement majors, musicians, firefighters, nursing students, community college students, part-time students, and so much more.”

“Many of our scholarships consider financial need, and some are strictly merit-based,” said Costa. “Some are for Hatteras students; some are for Ocracoke students; some are for First Flight or Manteo or Currituck students. Some are open to all students across northeastern North Carolina. We urge every graduating senior to apply!”

From our website, students can apply for any Community Foundation scholarship, without having to make multiple copies of transcripts, recommendation letters, or application forms. Students complete one common application, upload one transcript, write one or two different 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 the Community Foundation’s 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.

“We’re using the FAFSA this year because most students already completed it when they applied for financial aid from their colleges,” said Costa. “The FAFSA is the very best way we’ve found for objectively determining financial need. We honor our students’ privacy, and these forms will be kept strictly confidential.”

“If I could give one tip to every prospective applicant, it would be this: Start early!” said Costa. “Please don’t wait until March 30 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.”

Scholarships range from one-time awards of $250, to four-year awards of $1,000 per year or more.

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 who is interested in establishing a scholarship fund with the Community Foundation is encouraged to call Lorelei Costa at 252-261-8839.

Among dozens of other awards, the Community Foundation offers three renewable scholarships at $5,000 a year, for a total award of $20,000. These prestigious awards are the Milton A. Jewell Academic Scholarship, the Jerry & Arlene Davis Scholarship, and the Sawyer Scholarship. Top candidates for these awards are invited to interview with the Community Foundation’s scholarship selection committee.

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

For more information, check out our Scholarship Flyer for High School Seniors.

SAGA Sponsors Free Workshop for Outer Banks Nonprofits

UPDATE: REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW CLOSED. You may, however, use this form to add yourself to the wait list for the workshop, in case we have any cancellations.



The Outer Banks Community Foundation and the N.C. Center for Nonprofits announce a free workshop for all Outer Banks nonprofits. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 18 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Kill Devil Hills.

Entitled “The Making of an Effective Nonprofit,” the workshop will be led by Trisha Lester, Vice President of the Center for Nonprofits. The workshop will conclude with an overview of the Outer Banks Community Foundation’s grants program, led by Lorelei Costa, Executive Director of the Community Foundation.

Thanks to the leading sponsorship of SAGA Construction, the workshop is free for any board or staff member representing an Outer Banks 501(c)3 nonprofit. However, advance registration is required by March 11, 2014. Nonprofits can register online at www.obcf.org/i-have-a-need/nonprofit-workshop-registration.

In “The Making of an Effective Nonprofit,” participants will learn about best practices and organizational issues common to all nonprofits. Drawing from leaders’ firsthand experience, research about the nonprofit sector, and the Center for Nonprofits’ own Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence, Ms. Lester will talk about a range of key issues: planning, governance, human resources, financial management, fund-raising, information and technology, evaluation of results, strategic alliances, civic engagement and public policy, transparency and accountability, and risk management.

Participants will have an opportunity to assess their nonprofits and identify the issues specific to their own organizations. Participants will learn from peers about the good strategies they’ve used, and will get tangible resources to help make changes.

Toward the end of the workshop, Ms. Costa will provide a summary of the Community Foundation’s grants criteria and new application form. She’ll answer all questions and offer essential tips for submitting a successful proposal. Robert Schiffer from SAGA Community Outreach will present valuable information about that company’s new philanthropic program.

Download the Workshop Flyer
Download the Workshop Agenda
Press Release: SAGA Sponsors Community Foundation’s Workshop for Nonprofits

Community Foundation Celebrates Record-Breaking Year at Annual Meeting

The Outer Banks Community Foundation held its Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 20 to celebrate a record-breaking year of philanthropy. Board President Sharon Elliott led the meeting, which was attended by over 115 people.

Executive Director Lorelei Costa announced that the Community Foundation’s endowment had reached $12 million, up from $10 million one year ago, thanks to an “extraordinarily generous community” and phenomenal investment returns of 18.4%. The Community Foundation awarded over $500,000 last year in grants and scholarships, even as its permanent endowments continued to grow for future grant-making.

Board member Mike Kelly presented the organization’s Champion Award, alongside Ms. Elliott. The honoree was the late Jim Wood, a former bank trust officer who had recommended the Community Foundation to at least two clients, Ruth Medgyes and Dorothy Luedemann. Mr. Wood had inspired these donors to contribute a combined $2 million to the Community Foundation, helping over 160 students attend college, and resulting in over $565,000 in nonprofit grants so far. The bequests remain invested and continue to award scholarships and grants each year.

Jim Wood’s wife, Kathy, accepted the award and spoke about her late husband’s dedication to his community. Fourteen of Mr. Wood’s watercolor paintings were displayed at the meeting, having been donated to the Community Foundation by attorney Carl Smith. The Dare County Arts Council would be auctioning these paintings on May 8 to raise funds for an endowment fund for Mr. Wood to support children’s arts programming.

Avery Harrison presented the Community Foundation’s scholarship highlights. She said that the organization had awarded 77 scholarships in 2013, totaling over $120,000 to 58 students. The Community Foundation also awarded $10,000 to the College of the Albemarle in 2013 for need-based scholarships, she said, which would help an estimated 50 continuing education students from Dare County with job-related training. Ms. Harrison showed a video from Zack Owen, last year’s Milton Jewell Scholar and First Flight High School valedictorian, about his first year at Georgia Tech.

Dorothy Killingsworth presented the Community Foundation’s grant highlights. She introduced Janet Jarrett, a volunteer from Dare County’s Missions of Mercy Free Dental Clinic, who told the crowd that the clinic had provided free dental services to almost 3,500 people in need over the past five years. The Community Foundation has supported the clinic for the past three years with grants totaling over $23,000.

Ms. Killingsworth showed the winning videos from the Community Foundation’s nonprofit video contest, and she awarded $500 and $1,000 to Mano al Hermano and the Outer Banks Family YMCA for the second and first place prizes, respectively. She said that the organization had awarded over $375,000 to nonprofits in 2013.

Ms. Costa announced the establishment of 14 new charitable funds in 2013, including the Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot Fund, Birindelli Family Fund, Cathi Ostrander Family Fund, David Aycock Loy Memorial Fund, Linda Porter’s Shear Genius Scholarship Fund, SAGA Endowment Fund, Village Realty and Ocracoke Island Realty Scholarship Fund, and William & JoAnn Small Fund. The Community Foundation also established the new OBX Giving for Good Giving Circle in 2013, she said, a giving club for young families.

Ms. Costa announced the gift of $500,000 from the late Pauline Wright, whose bequest had established new endowment funds for the Dare County Arts Council, the Currituck Public Libraries, the Currituck Animal Shelter, and for competitive grants for organizations helping people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities.

The Community Foundation membership elected John Graham, Deloris Harrell, Avery Harrison, Dorothy Killingsworth, and Bob Muller for their second terms on the board of directors, and Carl Carnutte, Helen Ford, and the 2015 Board President to the 2015 nominating committee.

Ms. Costa announced the Community Foundation’s new website at www.obcf.org, and a free workshop for nonprofits on March 18.

Ms. Elliott thanked the Community Foundation’s board members, emeritus directors, fund holders, Legacy members, in-kind contributors, and donating members for all their various contributions to the organization.