OBCF Announces Grant Deadlines, Criteria, and New Year’s Resolutions

Is your new year’s resolution to help your favorite local charity, or assist an Outer Banks nonprofit in raising funds for its programs?

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications from nonprofits for its Community Enrichment Grants Program. Applications must be completed and submitted online through the Community Foundation’s website: www.obcf.org/grants.

The first application deadline of the year is Friday, February 5. Applications will be accepted throughout the year, with subsequent deadlines on April 29, July 29, and October 28.

“At the Community Foundation, we have made our new year’s resolutions as well,” said Lorelei Costa, the foundation’s Executive Director. “In December our board adopted a new strategic plan, and among our goals for 2016 is to award the best possible charitable grants to support the most exciting and urgent projects in the Outer Banks.”

Community Enrichment Grants are awarded on a competitive basis for projects and organizations serving Dare County, Corolla, Ocracoke, or any portion thereof. All types of charitable projects are considered, including arts and/or culture, animal welfare, children and/or youth, disaster relief and/or prevention, education, the environment, health, historic preservation and/or interpretation, and other human services.

In 2015 the Community Foundation awarded over $220,000 in grants through its Community Enrichment Program, plus another $242,000 through its donor-advised and designated funds.

“We usually award Community Enrichment Grants to purchase tangible items related to a charitable project or program,” said Ms. Costa. For example, in 2015 the Community Foundation awarded grants for sound equipment for the Lost Colony, medical equipment for the Hatteras Village Medical Center, and educational materials for OBX Go Far.

“However, another one of our strategic resolutions in 2016 is to help build the capacity of our local nonprofit sector,” said Ms. Costa. “So, in addition to funding new or special projects, we are also awarding grants to help Outer Banks groups with their long-term effectiveness, and with their program quality and sustainability.

“We haven’t changed our grants criteria; in fact, we’ve been making capacity-building grants for years, without really calling it such. We are simply trying to be more explicit in our readiness to consider funding requests for these types of critical nonprofit needs,” said Ms. Costa.

For example, in 2015 the Community Foundation awarded grants for a website upgrade for the Outer Banks Children’s Museum, and for new computers for Outer Banks Hotline. Other recent grants helped the Beach Food Pantry, Children & Youth Partnership, Interfaith Community Outreach, and Ocracoke Radio purchase and/or renovate new facility space.

For all grants, priority is given to projects and organizations that: involve or benefit a broad segment of the community; provide an innovative approach to addressing area needs; initiate new projects or programs; attract additional funding from other sources; promote an organization’s financial sustainability; promote collaboration and efficiencies amongst multiple organizations; and/or fill gaps and address urgent community needs.

“We are looking for other ways to help build nonprofit capacity as well,” continued Ms. Costa. “We will be organizing and subsidizing three nonprofit trainings in the new year, including sessions on volunteer recruitment and board governance on March 8.

“Another thing that’s new this year is that we have developed a shorter, easier application form for smaller grant requests. The goal is to save our nonprofits some time and expense in grant-writing, leaving them with more resources to accomplish their mission. However, organizations must be pre-approved before using the ‘EZ Application,’ so we ask all nonprofits to call us before starting an application.”

Any 501(c)3 organization is eligible to apply to the Community Foundation for a grant, as are other tax-exempt organizations for charitable projects that meet a public need. For more information, or to apply for a grant, please visit www.obcf.org/grants. All applicants are asked to contact Community Foundation staff before applying at 252-261-8839.

RSVP for Our Annual Meeting


You are cordially invited to the Annual Meeting of the Outer Banks Community Foundation!

The luncheon meeting will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Pamlico Jack’s Restaurant in Nags Head (Milepost 16 on the Bypass).

Arrive at 11:30 am to enjoy live music performed by the string players of the Dare County Youth Orchestra (on violins funded by the Community Foundation). A delicious lunch will be served at noon, after which we will conduct a brief bit membership business, including the election of new board members and ratification of a bylaws amendment. We’ll then celebrate our 2015 grants and scholarships, and present two Champion Awards.

Space is limited, so kindly RSVP by February 11 by clicking here.

Local Couple Establishes Charitable Endowment in Memory of their Mothers

Ron and Tiney Curtis have a tradition. Whenever a family member, neighbor, or friend falls upon hard times, they slip that person an envelope.

On the outside of the envelope are written the words: “Just for Today.” Inside the envelope: a check or a little bit of cash to help the person get back on his feet. It’s Ron and Tiney’s tradition of paying it forward, of helping people in their community in moments of need.

And now the “Just for Today” tradition has grown into something that will help even more people — today and tomorrow. On December 31, Ron and Tiney Curtis established the Just for Today and Tomorrow Endowment Fund in memory of their mothers, Dorman N. Doutt and Florence B. Satterwhite, with the Outer Banks Community Foundation.

“Tiney and I wanted to create something lasting to help our community, and to memorialize and honor our mothers,” said Ron. “My mom, Dorman, was a single mother for many years, and she worked incredibly hard to raise me and provide for me, at a time when it was especially difficult for single mothers.”

“And I was the youngest of 12 children on a tobacco farm in Dinwiddie County, Virginia,” said Tiney. “My mother, Florence, cooked us breakfast, worked the fields all day, then came in and cooked us dinner, all while keeping house, watching the children, and just being mom to all of us.”

Ron and Tiney, who have lived on the Outer Banks for almost 30 years, have continued the tradition of caring that their mothers instilled in them. As longtime First Flight Lions Club members, the Curtises volunteer when the NC Lions’ Vision Van comes to Dare County each year to provide free vision, hearing, and diabetes screenings to many local families. Additionally, they volunteer in the local Lions PediaVision program, which has provided vision screenings for more than 1,000 students in Dare County each of the last two years.

The Curtises also help plan and raise funds for the NC Lions’ Visually Impaired Persons (VIP) Fishing Tournament every fall on the Outer Banks, which provides a three-day fishing and life-enriching experience for over 500 visually impaired persons and their caregivers.

Giving seems to run in the family. Their son, Chris, has participated in both the Locks of Love and Saint Baldrick Foundation, benefiting children during their treatment and recovery from cancer. Additionally, Chris is approaching 10 gallons in blood donations with Virginia Blood Services.

The Just for Today and Tomorrow Endowment Fund, in Memory of Dorman Doutt and Florence Satterwhite, will continue their family tradition. Though held and managed in perpetuity by the Community Foundation, it is a donor-advised fund, which means that Ron and Tiney — and eventually their son, Chris — will select and determine the fund’s grants each year.

“The fund will be managed as a permanent endowment,” explained Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s executive director. “That means that the principal of the fund will always remain invested, with just the earnings spent each year for the community grants that the Curtises select.”

Who knows how many lives the Curtises have touched through their “Just for Today” envelopes, and their volunteerism with their Lions Club? Who knows how many lives they will touch with their new fund? This local family has created a permanent charitable resource for our community, for today and tomorrow!

Giving Circle Announces $8,500 in Grants

Outer Banks Giving for Good Giving Circle is pleased to announce its charitable gifts for 2015, beginning with its largest single donation to date, a $5,000 gift to Food for Thought, fueling brainpower for kids by providing healthy weekend meals to those in need. Several of the Giving for Good families recently got together to create and present the check to members of the Food for Thought Board of Directors.

In addition, the Circle looked beyond the Outer Banks to assist with the global issue of clean water, making a $1,000 gift to Water is Life, in particular to support funding for its “drinkable book.” Checks were also delivered in the amount of $500 each to Mustang Outreach Program, Dune Dawgs Rescue, The Nature Conservancy’s Nags Head Woods Preserve, Go Far, and the NC Lions Club VIP Fishing Tournament.

Giving for Good meets twice a year, and is currently composed of 33 families who pool their resources in order to provide optimal impact. Each family has an opportunity to suggest a charity to the group, and the group votes on which to support, then determines how the funds are to be distributed. Many member families in the Circle have children, who are an integral part of the decision-making. The Circle families also participate in volunteer activities throughout the year.

“It’s exciting to be part of such a dynamic process, in which children and adults are working together, and learning from each other, to recognize needs, speak passionately about them, and provide funding to support what they feel is important,” says Janet Owen, the coordinator for the group. “We look forward to seeing these children grow into future philanthropic leaders in our community.”

Giving for Good is grateful for the support of the Outer Banks Community Foundation, which acts as the fiscal sponsor for the group. Additionally, a portion of each family’s gift goes into an endowment managed by the Community Foundation for future funding of the Circle. New families are always welcome. For information, contact the Outer Banks Community Foundation at 252-261-8839 or visit www.facebook.com/obxgivingforgood.

Interfaith Establishes Endowment at OBCF to Help Outer Banks Forever

Interfaith Community Outreach has established a new charitable endowment to provide a permanent source of funding to “bridge the gap” for the working class poor — providing support, guidance and assistance to our neighbors in Dare and Currituck Counties who are faced with a temporary emergency crisis and for ICO Cancer Support — helping to offset travel, medical and basic living expenses for those suffering with cancer.

The new fund, called the Interfaith Community Outreach Endowment Fund, will provide ongoing and perpetual support for any and all of the organization’s program, community outreach, cancer outreach, and operating, and/or capital needs. The endowment will be held at the Outer Banks Community Foundation.

“Since ICO’s founding in 2003, Interfaith Community Outreach has helped over 19,000 individuals in Dare and Currituck who were facing a temporary emergency crisis,” said Jenniffer Albanese, Executive Director of Interfaith Community Outreach. “These are friends, neighbors, co-workers and even family members that are struggling, many of them in silence. They are struggling to pay rent in order to keep a roof over their heads and they are living in the dark because they couldn’t afford to pay their electricity bill last month. These are just a few examples of what Interfaith Community Outreach addresses each day with people who turn to us when they can no longer carry the burden on their own.”

“Our Staff, Board, and Volunteers work incredibly hard each and every year to raise the funds needed to support our mission of helping people facing a temporary emergency crisis,” said Ms. Albanese. “With this new endowment, we have established a permanent, sustainable source of funds to supplement the annual dollars we raise. This means more support for residents in our community facing a temporary emergency crisis, and more sustainability for our Non-Profit Organization.”

“All of us at the Community Foundation are honored to partner with Interfaith,” said Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s Executive Director. “From our partnership administering Dare County’s Disaster Relief Fund, to our major grant in support of Interfaith’s new building, and now this new endowment fund, the Community Foundation is proud to help support this wonderful organization.”

The Outer Banks Community Foundation holds endowment funds by and for over 40 nonprofits and churches across the Outer Banks, including Food for Thought, Outer Banks SPCA, St. Andrews By-the-Sea, Elizabethan Gardens, Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station, Dare County Arts Council, and Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church.

Anyone can make a tax-deductible gift to the Interfaith Community Outreach Endowment Fund — or to any of the Community Foundation’s other funds — at www.obcf.org/donate.

For more information on establishing an endowment for your nonprofit, contact Lorelei 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 $13 million in charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards charitable grants to local nonprofits, administers 45 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 $7 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students.

Interfaith Community Outreach, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is “helping residents who are facing a temporary emergency crisis in Dare and Currituck Counties”, bridging the gap in our community. If you are interested in volunteering or need help, please contact Jenniffer Albanese 252-480-0070.

OBCF Awards $600,000 in 2015; Raising Funds to Do More in 2016

Ending another record-breaking year, the Outer Banks Community Foundation announced over $600,000 in grants and scholarships in 2015, including $60,000 in new grants earlier this month.

This brings the Community Foundation’s total giving to $7 million since its founding in 1982.

“The Community Foundation really is by and for the community,” said Lorelei Costa, the organization’s executive director. “Our grant funding doesn’t come from one or two deep pockets. It comes from thousands of folks across the Outer Banks, who contribute small and large donations to build our community’s future.”

December Community Enrichment Grants

On December 3, the Community Foundation used its home-grown endowment to award $60,000 in grants to dozens of nonprofits, benefiting every type of charitable cause, from education and the environment, to helping the homeless, the hungry, the sick, and the elderly. This included six Community Enrichment Grants, which were awarded on a competitive basis to nonprofits that applied for funds.

One noteworthy grant was to the Community Care Clinic of Dare County, which received $2,500 for its Free Clinic for Hatteras Island. The clinic is offered weekly in Frisco to the uninsured and financially challenged. Funds for the grant were provided from the foundation’s Community Fund and Advice 5K Turkey Trot Fund.

“The Community Fund is built by the Community Foundation’s contributing members,” said Ms. Costa, “who give anywhere from $10 to $10,000 to build our community’s endowment.”

The Advice 5K Turkey Trot Fund supports health and wellness projects, and is built each year from the proceeds of the eponymous Thanksgiving road race in Duck.

The Outer Banks SPCA also received a grant this month: $7,000 for its Shelter Improvement Project to replace small animal cages and to install panels between kennels to reduce animal stress. Funds for this grant were provided by the Community Fund, and from the Shirley & David Doran Fund, which was established by the Dorans through a Legacy gift.

In the arts category, the Dare County Arts Council won a $7,500 grant to bring free arts classes to local veterans, children and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities, seniors with memory loss, and domestic violence survivors. Funding was provided by the Charles & Dorothy Luedemann Arts Fund, which was donated by Mrs. Luedemann by bequest in 1996.

Monarch’s Lighthouse Club also received a grant this month for a Health and Wellness Program, with funding provided by bequest from the late Pauline Wright of Southern Shores and Currituck.

The Frisco Native American Museum also received a grant this month: $10,000 for a new Native American Village and Longhouse, to be built by volunteers on the nature trail behind the Museum. This grant was thanks to the Milton A. Jewell Grant Fund, which was donated by Ruth Medgyes of Southern Shores in 2003.

Donor-Advised Grants

In addition, 13 of the Community Foundation’s donor-advised funds awarded grants this month, totaling almost $23,000. Donor-advised funds are funds managed on behalf of donors and families who recommend the grants that are awarded. This month, grant-making donor-advised funds were the Bingham Family Fund, Birindelli Family Fund, Burwell A. Evans Charitable Fund, Cathi Ostrander Family Fund, Friends of Manteo High School Fund, Hester Family Legacy Fund, Kelly Family Fund, Peregrine and Kaye White Fund, Preston Family Fund, Simpson-Sharp-Oakes Fund, Spencer Family Fund, Webster Family Fund, and William & JoAnn Small Family Fund.

Grant recipients included the American Legion, Beach Food Pantry, Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station, Dare Education Foundation, Elizabethan Gardens, First Flight Society, Food for Thought, GEM Adult Day Services, Interfaith Community Outreach, Monday Night Alive, Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, Roanoke Island Volunteer Fire Department, Room in the Inn, and Special Olympics of Dare County, among many others.

Urgency to Do More

But while the grant-making in 2015 was impressive, Ms. Costa said there is urgency to do more. “The generosity of this community is astounding, and yet our community needs are still immense,” said Ms. Costa.

“This holiday season, some of our neighbors will be without food, or without housing, or struggling to pay for medicines or education,” said Ms. Costa. “If we all pitch in together, we can care for our neighbors in need, support arts and cultural offerings in our community, provide care for homeless pets, preserve our history and our natural environment, send deserving students to college, and make the Outer Banks an even better place to live, work, and visit.”

“We can do all that—but only with the community’s support.”

The Community Foundation is currently raising funds for its Community Fund, its single largest grant-making endowment. Donations may be made online at www.obcf.org/donate and are fully tax-deductible. Checks may also be mailed to 13 Skyline Road, Southern Shores, NC 27949.

Community Foundation Celebrates Giving Tuesday

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is celebrating Giving Tuesday by encouraging our generous community to give back to the nonprofits and causes they love.

“Giving Tuesday is a global social media phenomenon, the day that people across the planet celebrate philanthropy and give back to the causes that inspire them,” said Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s Executive Director. “After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a day to reflect on your blessings and support your community.”

All day long, the Community Foundation will be posting “unselfies” on Facebook — whimsical pictures of community members holding signs that explain why they give.

“The signs are held in front of your face… hence, an UNselfie,” explained Costa. “We hope our friends will take their own unselfies, post them on Facebook or Instagram, and tell the world why they give!”

The Community Foundation encourages donors to support any nonprofit or cause on Giving Tuesday. Additionally, the Community Foundation is in the midst of its own annual membership drive.

“On Giving Tuesday, or on any day, we invite your gift in support of our Community Fund, our largest and broadest grant-making endowment,” said Costa, “or a gift to any of our 135 endowment funds.”

The Community Fund supports dozens of local nonprofits each year through a competitive grants process. Last year the Community Fund supported such groups as Radio Hatteras, Lost Colony, Room in the Inn, Feline Hope, Beach Food Pantry, Dare Youth String Ensemble, Community Free Dental Clinic, Ocracoke Community Park, Go Far, Friends of Jockeys Ridge, and more.

Donors may give securely online at www.obcf.org/donate.

Last Chance to Register for Oct. 16 Nonprofit Training

It’s your last chance to register for the Outer Banks Community Foundation’s strategic planning workshop! If you’re a board or staff member of a local charity, this training is for you.

Led by trainer and advisor Jeanne Allen, this training for nonprofits will be held on Friday, October 16 from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute on Roanoke Island.

The course will focus on strategic planning for nonprofit organizations of all shapes and sizes, and it is open to board and staff members of any nonprofit serving the Outer Banks.

Advance registration is required by Monday, October 12. Register online at www.obcf.org. The fee to attend is $15 and includes your lunch.

The course will cover all of the key components of an organizational strategic plan, the essential practices of the planning process, and the practical tools a nonprofit can use to evaluate itself.

“A good strategic plan can transform a nonprofit organization,” said Lorelei Costa, executive director of the Outer Banks Community Foundation. “With a good strategic plan, you can engage your board members, synchronize your programs, prioritize spending, and set realistically ambitious goals that will inspire your donors and volunteers.”

The class will compare and contrast such tools as the SWOT Analysis, Sustainability Matrix, and Strategy Canvas. Participants will also review samples of actual strategic plans from real nonprofits in order to gain a better vision of the end result.

Costa continued: “We always get lots of requests for help with strategic planning. As part of our mission to support local nonprofits, the Community Foundation is thrilled to offer this six-hour training to local charities at a hugely reduced price.”

Jeanne Allen is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer with 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She is a trainer, speaker, consultant, and advisor to nonprofits on such topics as board development, strategic planning, and social media strategy. She has worked for a variety of local and national nonprofits, including the Girl Scouts USA, Susan G. Komen of NC, and Clean Energy Durham.

As an Instructor with the Duke University Nonprofit Management program, Allen teaches classes on succession planning, board governance, volunteers, and, of course, strategic planning. Allen is a Newswire Contributor for Nonprofit Quarterly, and she is on the Editorial Board for the Nonprofit Technology Network magazine CHANGE. Hailing from the Triangle Region of North Carolina, Allen is an active leader with the nonprofit tech group NCTech 4 Good.

Space is limited for the workshop, and advance registration is required by Monday, October 12. Nonprofits can click here to register online.

Frank Tate Fund Established for the Manteo High School Band

The Manteo High School Band is getting new help next year, in memory of a young clarinetist whose life was enriched by his band experience.

The family of Frank Elliott Tate has established a new endowment with the Outer Banks Community Foundation to benefit the Manteo High School Band and to celebrate the life of a young man from the Outer Banks who left this world too soon.

Frank Tate grew up on tiny Pond Island, the small bit of land between Roanoke Island and the beach. He had a childhood full of adventure and exploration.

“Frank loved nature and spent countless hours crabbing and boating,” recalled his mother, Suzanne. “He always took the time to teach young children around him about any living creature he would find, and the other children of Pond Island followed him like a pied piper.”

In high school, Frank worked for a local bakery, but one of his favorite activities was playing clarinet in the band. Through the band, he made some of his closest friends, especially as they traveled for performances and competitions. Frank graduated from Manteo High School in 1981.

After working as a chef’s assistant to his older brother, Mark, Frank went on to study at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, just like his big brother. “His letters home were full of happy reports about his cooking experiences at the Institute,” said Suzanne. After his first year of school, Frank was assigned a good internship at a restaurant on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. But it was never to be.

Consumed by sleepiness after a long drive home from school in New York, Frank lost his life at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, 1982, in a terrible car accident on Wright Memorial Bridge. Frank had made his long drive home even longer by dropping off a fellow student in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.

Frank is remembered by countless friends and family. Several Outer Banks residents have told his mother that they are even more careful driving on the Wright Memorial Bridge today, in remembrance of Frank.

Immediately after his accident, many community members donated in his honor to the Dare County Library. A beautiful glass and birch wood cabinet, constructed by William Walker of Wanchese, was purchased as a result. It is still in use today at the Manteo Branch, with rotating displays of art and pieces of interest from across the Outer Banks, and a plaque in memory of Frank.

And now, Frank’s family is further honoring his life by establishing the Frank Tate Memorial Fund with the Outer Banks Community Foundation. This perpetual endowment will provide on-going financial support for the Manteo High School Band, particularly for those needs not already covered by the school’s regular band budget.

Funding preference will be given to the provision of musical instruments and other equipment for students who could not otherwise participate for financial reasons.

John Luciano, Manteo High School Principal, said: “We were very pleased to hear of the generous endowment by the Tate family in memory of our former student, Frank Tate, due to his love of the band and the positive impact that it had on his life.

“In the years ahead, our new band director, April Rife, will be able to assist students with instruments and supplies that may make the difference in their being able to participate and discover a passion for music. Thank you to the Tate family.”

Like all of the Community Foundation’s endowments, the Frank Tate Memorial Fund will be invested for growth, while the earnings are spent each year in support of its charitable purpose. In this way, the fund will grow in perpetuity, while making annual grants to help the band.

Donations in Frank’s memory can be made securely online at www.obcf.org/donate, or via mail to the Outer Banks Community Foundation at 13 Skyline Road, Southern Shores, NC 27949.

Suzanne Tate, author and historian, contributed to this article.

Fred Murray Fund to Help Families with Cancer

Every year, it seems like more and more families here on the Outer Banks are faced with hearing those awful words: “It’s cancer.”

Whether adult or child, rich or poor, cancer respects no one.

“The geography of where we choose to live brings untold beauty to our lives daily,” said Nancy Murray of Manteo. “But when cancer strikes, our isolation can be a stumbling block in seeking the best option for treatment. Few have insurance to cover the costs associated with travel to get that specialized care.”

But now local families will have a new source of help. The Fred Murray Memorial Fund is being established by his family in conjunction with the Outer Banks Community Foundation to serve as a perpetual, local funding source to help families from the Outer Banks who are struggling with cancer.

“Our family has been deeply affected by cancer, as have so many on the Outer Banks,” said Brant Murray, Fred’s brother and business partner. “We know Fred would have wanted to help any family that was struggling with this disease.”

A native of Hertford, North Carolina, Fred came to Manteo in 1972 and quickly joined his family in the auto parts business. It was at a softball game in Manteo in 1978 that Fred met Nancy Midgett, who would become his wife of 27 years. With Nancy, Fred raised two children, Jason and Megan, and grew his family and circle of friends.

Fred was literally in the business of serving others. According to lifelong friend Ray White, Fred would help friends, neighbors, and strangers, any time of day, with their car troubles — even opening his store in the middle of the night for anyone who might need a car part for an urgent trip.

Fred was a community leader and servant his entire life — an Eagle Scout in youth, president of the Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Roanoke Island Historical Association, member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, and devoted supporter of the Manteo Lions Club.

Fred was also an avid traveler and took great joy in sharing his love of travel with others. Most of all, he loved his family and his friends and his home on Roanoke Island.

“Fred loved living and working on the Outer Banks, but he was well aware of the challenges faced to find treatment facilities,” said Nancy Murray. “Traveling for days or weeks for specialized treatment can be a burden for any family. That is why we want to use Fred’s Fund to help with those travel expenses.”

Starting in 2016, the Community Foundation will partner with the Outer Banks Relief Foundation to work with local families who need assistance from Fred’s Fund. As a perpetual endowment, the principal will remain invested for growth, while providing grants each year in Fred’s name.

Fred lost his own battle with cancer in 2007, but his friends can recall countless stories of a life well-lived.

“Fred didn’t believe in strangers; they were just people he hadn’t met yet!” said Nancy. “Fred was gifted with a generous spirit and soul. This fund pays tribute to that memory. His spirit will live as he continues to be of service to others!”

Anyone can contribute to the Fred Murray Memorial Fund to honor his legacy of caring and to help local families who are engaged in a struggle with cancer. Gifts may be named in memory of Fred, or in honor or in memory of any other person. Donations can be made securely online at www.obcf.org/donate (please select “Fred Murray Fund” from the list) or by mailing a check to the Outer Banks Community Foundation, 13 Skyline Road, Southern Shores, NC 27949 with “Fred Murray” in the memo line.