Community Foundation Activates Disaster Relief Fund

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting donations to the Disaster Relief Fund to support relief and recovery efforts after Hurricane Arthur.

All contributions are tax-deductible, and 100% of all donations will be used to directly assist individuals in Dare County.

“Thankfully, most of us in Dare County were unharmed by this fast-moving hurricane, but we are not forgetting our neighbors who have lost their homes,” said Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s Executive Director.

Initial assessments from Dare County and Interfaith Community Outreach count at least 20 homes that were significantly damaged by Arthur, including several homes that were flooded and two that lost their roofs to fallen trees. Homes on Hatteras Island — particularly Rodanthe — were hardest hit, with damage reports coming from Roanoke Island as well.

While the Community Foundation is collecting the donations, all relief funds will be distributed to victims through the Interfaith Community Outreach, a local nonprofit that is coordinating recovery and working directly with individuals and families in need.

Donations can be made online at www.obcf.org/donate, or can be mailed to the Outer Banks Community Foundation at 13 Skyline Road, Southern Shores, NC 27949. Please write “Disaster Relief” in the memo line of your check, or select the “Disaster Relief Fund” if donating online.

Volunteers are needed to help with clean-up. Interfaith Community Outreach is coordinating groups of volunteers to help clean houses, cemeteries, churches, and other spaces damaged by flooding. Please call 252-480-0070 to volunteer.

Photograph by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The image was taken on Friday, July 3, 2014 at 12:20 pm EDT.

Community Foundation Awards $92,000 in Grants

The Outer Banks Community Foundation awarded more than $92,000 in grants last week to 14 local charities. Nonprofits from Ocracoke, Hatteras, Roanoke Island, Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Corolla, and Poplar Branch will benefit.

In the health and human services category, the Outer Banks Family YMCA received a $5,000 grant for need-based scholarships for children to attend the Y’s summer day camp. Mano al Hermano also received $5,000 for their new Family Literacy Program.

Three grants were awarded for historic preservation and interpretation. The Whalehead Preservation Trust in Corolla received a $5,050 grant for children’s programming, and the First Flight Society received a $3,625 grant for a replica of the Wright Brothers’ aircraft. The Roanoke Island Historical Association received a $5,500 grant for the PsychoPath fundraiser, with a goal of assisting the sustainability of the Lost Colony production.

The Feline Hope Animal Shelter of Kitty Hawk received a $6,375 grant for shelter repairs, and the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research received a $500 grant for educational signage about bottlenose dolphins.

Two projects for Hatteras Island were funded. $17,520 was awarded to Radio Hatteras for equipment for production and broadcast studio equipment, an emergency broadcast link, and the 99.9 Waves broadcast. The Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum received a $3,000 grant for an archaeological survey to find the Fort Chicamacomico / Camp Live Oak site from the Civil War.

The Community Foundation also awarded its annual David Aycock Loy and Pauline Wright grants last week, supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism and Down syndrome. The Outer Banks Chapter of the Autism Society received a $3,634 grant for a social understanding workshop for Dare and Currituck families with children with autism. The Lighthouse Club of Monarch received $2,400 for iPads for clients with disabilities, and the Nags Head Fire Department received $3,300 for beach wheelchairs, which will be available for use throughout Dare County. Mane & Taill in Currituck received $6,300 for horse camp scholarships for Dare and Currituck children with IDDs.

For Ocracoke, the Community Foundation awarded the second of its three-year commitment for the Ocracoke Community Park. This $25,000 grant will help build the island’s first-ever baseball field.

The Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for its Community Enrichment grants program. The application deadline is Friday, August 1.

Community Enrichment grants are intended to help meet local needs and enrich the quality of life for all Outer Banks people. The service area encompasses Dare County and all Outer Banks communities, from Corolla to Ocracoke Island. The Community Foundation will support charitable projects in the areas of: arts & culture; children & youth; education; the environment; disaster relief & prevention; health; historic interpretation & preservation; and other human services.

For more information, and to submit an application online, visit the Community Foundation website at
www.obcf.org.

Community Foundation Awards $130,750 in Scholarships

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is awarding $130,750 in scholarships this year. A total of 58 talented and hard-working students — college students and graduating high school seniors — are receiving awards this year from Dare County, Currituck County, and Ocracoke.

Thirty-five graduating seniors from First Flight, Manteo, Cape Hatteras, Ocracoke, and Currituck are receiving scholarships from the Community Foundation, totaling $69,050 in student awards. Thirteen of those awards are renewable, representing an additional $61,100 in future scholarship awards.

In addition, 23 college students — all originally from Dare or Currituck — received renewed scholarships from the Community Foundation, totaling another $61,700 in awards this year.

Among the scholarship winners this year is Taylor Cecil, who received the Milton A. Jewell Scholarship, the Community Foundation’s most prestigious merit-based award. Established by bequest by the late Ruth Medgyes of Southern Shores, the Milton A. Jewell Scholarship is granted each year to students with extraordinary academic achievement and outstanding community service.

As valedictorian of her class, president of her school’s National Honor Society chapter, volunteer tutor for Monday Night Alive, head of the outreach committee for her student government, and volunteer media technician for her church, Ms. Cecil exhibited all of the leadership qualities of a quintessential Milton Jewell Scholar.

Ms. Cecil plans to attend NC State University in the fall to study chemical engineering and French. Her goal is to work in a research lab to develop “more efficient, potent, and individualized forms of cancer treatment” and to “cure a currently incurable disease.” Ms. Cecil’s $5,000 award is renewable for up to three additional years, for a total award of $20,000.

Because the field of candidates was so spectacular, the Community Foundation’s scholarship committee chose to make a second Milton Jewell award this year. The winner was Molly Weybright of First Flight High School, who will receive a $1,100 scholarship, renewable for an additional three years, for a total award of $4,400. Ms. Weybright is an accomplished trumpet player and dancer who plans to study genetics at UNC Chapel Hill in the fall.

Also awarded this year was the coveted Jerry and Arlene Davis Scholarship, presented to Madeline Bailey, the vice president of her senior class at First Flight High School. The Jerry and Arlene Davis Scholarship was established in 2007 by Mr. and Mrs. Davis to help hard-working students achieve educational dreams that might not otherwise be possible. Ms. Bailey has worked as a hostess and busser for Ocean Boulevard for the past three years and at Oceanfront Grille before that.

She has been managing editor of the Nighthawk News, a varsity soccer player, volunteer coordinator for her school’s Key Club, and a member of Teen Court — all while remaining in the top 10% of her class. The $5,000 Jerry and Arlene Davis Scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years, for a total award of $20,000. Ms. Bailey will attend UNC Chapel Hill in the fall to study journalism.

The Community Foundation manages scholarship funds not only for families, but also for churches, civic groups, nonprofits, and businesses. The Community Foundation’s newest scholarship is the Ocracoke Island Realty and Village Realty Scholarship, which awarded $4,000 this year. The Community Foundation manages scholarship funds for the Outer Banks Association of Realtors, Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, the College of the Albemarle Foundation, Dare Community Crime Line, the Duck Woods Ladies Tennis and Golf Associations, and the North Banks, Manteo, and First Flight Rotary clubs, among others.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is open to anyone who wishes to establish a scholarship endowment or contribute to one of our existing scholarship funds. The Community Foundation has awarded more than $1,300,000 in scholarships to over 1,200 Outer Banks students since the organization’s inception in 1983. For more information, call 252-261-8839.

 

Outer Banks Community Foundation 2014 Scholarships

Catherine Carrington Clawson Scholarship
Hannah Barnes: $1,000 (Manteo Class of 2014)

Charles H. & Dorothy S. Luedemann Art Scholarship
Savannah Brown: $1,500 renewable (Cape Hatteras Class of 2014)
Gage Clawson: $1,500 renewable (Manteo Class of 2014)
Amelia Kasten: $1,300 renewable (First Flight Class of 2013)
Morgan Leatherwood: $1,300 renewable (First Flight Class of 2013)
Shelby Matthews: $1,300 renewable (First Flight Class of 2012)
Nickolas Nelson: $1,300 renewable (First Flight Class of 2013)
Andrew Sanchez: $1,300 renewable (First Flight Class of 2013)
Jose Valle: $1,500 renewable (First Flight Class of 2014)
Summer Warrington: $1,500 renewable (First Flight Class of 2014)

Courtney M. Burgess Memorial Scholarship
Rachel Dutton: $1,000 renewable (Manteo Class of 2012)
Ann Jernigan: $1,000 renewable (First Flight Class of 2014)
Sara Seto: $1,000 renewable (First Flight Class of 2012)

Curtis Creech Memorial Scholarship
Molly Kinnisten: $1,000 (Manteo Class of 2014)

Dare County Association of Fire Officers Scholarship
Kermit Farrow: $1,000 (Cape Hatteras Class of 2013)
Harrison Gardner: $1,000 (First Flight Class of 2014)
Colby Sawyer: $1,000 (Manteo Class of 2013)

Dare County Outer Banks Jaycees Scholarship
Cheyanne Wescott: $500 renewable (Manteo Class of 2013)

Dare Math/Science Scholarship
Caroline Lowcher: $1,000 (last year of four-year award) (Manteo Class of 2011)

Dorothy Scott Townsend Fletcher Memorial Scholarship
Taylor Bancroft: $1,000 (First Flight Class of 2014)
Will Hicks: $1,000 (Manteo Class of 2014)
Andrea Wilson: $1,000 (Cape Hatteras Class of 2014)

Duck Woods Ladies Tennis Association Scholarship
Tyler Carter: $1,000 (Currituck Class of 2014)

Elmer & Betty Jo Sawyer Scholarship
Amelia Frasure: $1,000 renewable (First Flight Class of 2014)
Molly Kinnisten: $1,000 renewable (Manteo Class of 2014)

First Flight Society Scholarship
Kyle Andrews: $500 (Manteo Class of 2013)

Founders Scholarship (Duck Woods Ladies Golf Association)
Dewey Weber Wise: $1,500 (First Flight Class of 2014)

Frank M. Cahoon Memorial Scholarship
Bryson Green: $750 (First Flight Class of 2014)
Brennan Wescott: $750 (Manteo Class of 2014)

George W. Neighbors Memorial Scholarship
Taylor Bancroft: $1,100 renewable (First Flight Class of 2014)

Glenn Eure Arts Education Scholarship
Savannah Brown: $1,000 (Cape Hatteras Class of 2014)

Greg & Eden Honeycutt Scholarship
Alma Flores: $3,000 (Ocracoke Class of 2014)
Andrew Gray: $2,000 (Cape Hatteras Class of 2014)

Inez Daniels Austin Scholarship
Savannah Brown: $2,250 (Cape Hatteras Class of 2014)

Jerry & Arlene Davis Scholarship
Madeline Bailey: $5,000 renewable (First Flight Class of 2014)
Charles Shotton: $5,000 renewable (First Flight Class of 2013)
William Smith: $5,000 (last year of four-year award) (First Flight Class of 2011)
Hunter Wright: $5,000 renewable (Manteo Class of 2012)

John T. Daniels Scholarship
Suzanne Mullins: $1,000 renewable (Currituck Class of 2014)

Kellogg Cuthrell Manteo Rotary Scholarship
Emmanuel Asher Daniels: $600 (Manteo Class of 2014)
Samuel Tronolone: $600 (First Flight Class of 2014)

Kiwanis Leo Sheetz Memorial Scholarship
Lydia Hazelwonder: $1,000 (First Flight Class of 2014)
Samuel Tronolone: $1,000 (First Flight Class of 2014)

Lacy J. McNeill First Flight Rotary Scholarship
Andrew Scott: $800 (First Flight Class of 2014)
Dixon Wingrove: $800 (Manteo Class of 2014)

Lucian Griffin Scholarship
Suzanne Mullins: $1,100 (Currituck Class of 2014)

Mabel O. Cooper Scholarship
Mitchell Foster: $1,500 renewable (First Flight Class of 2012)
Taylor Swankie: $1,500 (last year of four-year award) (First Flight Class of 2011)
Paige Twyne: $1,500 renewable (Manteo Class of 2014)
Cheyanne Wescott: $1,500 renewable (Manteo Class of 2013)

Milton A. Jewell Scholarship
Jennifer Bryson: $5,000 (last year of four-year award) (First Flight Class of 2011)
Taylor Cecil: $5,000 renewable (Manteo Class of 2014)
Kermit Farrow: $2,500 renewable (Cape Hatteras Class of 2013)
Richard Murphy: $5,000 renewable (Manteo Class of 2012)
Zachary Owen: $5,000 renewable (First Flight Class of 2013)
Taylor Swankie: $5,000 (last year of four-year award) (First Flight Class of 2011)
Molly Weybright: $1,100 renewable (First Flight Class of 2014)

North Banks Rotary Scholarship
Altazera Delaney Goldberg: $1,000 (First Flight Class of 2014)
Bailey Gray: $1,000 (Cape Hatteras Class of 2014)
Lydia Hazelwonder: $1,000 (First Flight Class of 2014)
Molly Kinnisten: $1,000 (Manteo Class of 2014)
Jose Valle: $1,000 (First Flight Class of 2014)

Ocracoke Island Realty and Village Realty Scholarship
Madeline Bailey: $1,000 (First Flight Class of 2014)
Alma Flores: $1,000 (Ocracoke Class of 2014)
Amanda Gaskins: $1,000 (Ocracoke Class of 2014)
Jose Valle: $1,000 (First Flight Class of 2014)

Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship
Kaylee Appleman: $1,000 (First Flight Class of 2014)
Taylor Bancroft: $1,000 (First Flight Class of 2014)
Savannah Brown: $1,500 (Cape Hatteras Class of 2014)
Brittany Copeland: $1,000 (Manteo Class of 2014)
Bailey Gray: $500 (Cape Hatteras Class of 2014)
Taylor Seal: $1,000 (First Flight Class of 2014)
Paige Twyne: $1,000 (Manteo Class of 2014)

Peggy O’Brien Scholarship
Leighanne Davis: $1,100 renewable (Currituck Class of 2012)

Ralph and Ida Lee Saunders Scholarship
Catherine Elliott: $500 (Currituck Class of 2014)

Robert E. Rollason, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Madeline Bailey: $1,200 (First Flight Class of 2014)

Sawyer Scholarship
Aaron Zeigler: $5,000 renewable (First Flight Class of 2013)

Sgt. Earl Murray Memorial Scholarship
Brennan Wescott: $300 (Manteo Class of 2014)

Stewart Couch Memorial Scholarship
Bailey Gray: $1,000 (Cape Hatteras Class of 2014)

Tom O’Brien Scholarship
Tucker Jarvis: $1,100 renewable (Currituck Class of 2012)

Wallace H. McCown Scholarship
Taylor Cecil: $2,200 (Manteo Class of 2014)

Additional photographs of the scholarship winners are posted on the Community Foundation’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Outer-Banks-Community-Foundation/131828147548.

Community Foundation Releases Annual Report

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has released its 2013 Annual Report, showcasing 14 new endowment funds and over $500,000 in grants and scholarships. The Community Foundation gratefully thanks and acknowledges all of our generous 2013 donors, who are listed in the report, including local design firm Three Dog Ink, which generously donated half the designs costs of the beautiful report.

Download the report here: 2013 Annual Report

Community Foundation Solicits Proposals for Banking and Investment Services

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is currently soliciting proposals for both banking and investment management services. The Community Foundation invites qualified banking institutions and investment firms to download the respective RFP guidelines here:

RFP for BANKING SERVICES
RFF for INVESTMENT SERVICES

The deadline for banking service proposals is June 20, 2014. The deadline for investment management proposals is June 30, 2014. All proposals should be submitted electronically, following the guidelines published online.

The Community Foundation is a public charity that helps meet local needs across Dare County and the entire Outer Banks by managing charitable endowment funds for individuals and agencies, and by using the earnings from those funds to award grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students.

Last year the Community Foundation awarded more than $500,000 in grants and scholarships across the Outer Banks. Since its founding in 1982, the Community Foundation has distributed over $5.5 million in grants and scholarships. The Community Foundation’s permanent invested endowment is currently $12 million.

“The Community Foundation has been very pleased with the banking and investment services we’ve received over the years from our current providers,” said Lorelei Costa, Executive Director. “In fact, last year we enjoyed a phenomenal 18.4% return on our investments. However, we conduct an open RFP for these services every few years as a matter of best practice, to uphold our fiduciary responsibility and our commitment to our donors to always seek the best services possible.”

For banking services, the Community Foundation is seeking a creative and flexible financial institution that demonstrates exceptional customer service. The Community Foundation requires cost-effective checking account and money market account services, a designated and accountable customer service representative, and other standard banking services, including online banking capabilities.

For investment services, the successful firm, and the primary individual who will be responsible for the account, should have substantial experience in overseeing accounts of this size for community foundations. The firm and account manager should have demonstrated success in portfolio implementation and management, and extensive experience in providing strategic advice to endowments and community foundations in the development of an appropriate investment policy.

The two proposals (banking services and investment services) are being solicited separately, through two different RFPs. Institutions that wish to respond to both RFPs must submit two separate proposals, each following the separate RFP guidelines.

$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