OBCF Accepting Grant Applications Through February 6

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for its Community Enrichment Grants Program. The application deadline is Friday, February 6. Applications must be completed and submitted online through the Community Foundation’s website: www.obcf.org/grants.

The Community Foundation supports charitable projects that directly benefit all or a portion of its service area, which includes Dare County and all Outer Banks communities, from Corolla to Ocracoke. Last year the Community Foundation awarded almost $225,000 in grants through its Community Enrichment program, plus another $195,000 through its donor-advised and designated funds.

The Community Foundation supports charitable projects of all types, 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.

Priority is given to projects that: involve or benefit a broad segment of the community; provide an innovative approach to addressing area needs; attract additional funding from other sources; promote collaboration and efficiencies amongst multiple organizations; and/or fill gaps and address urgent community needs, among other considerations.

Any 501(c)3 organization is eligible to apply, as are other tax-exempt organizations for charitable projects that meet a public need. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. The deadlines for 2015 are February 6, May 1, July 31, and October 30.

For more information about the Community Foundation’s grants program, or to apply for a grant, please visit our grants pages at www.obcf.org/grants. All applicants are asked to contact Community Foundation staff before applying at 252-261-8839.

Announcing Two New Funds with Liberty Christian Fellowship

This week the Outer Banks Community Foundation announced two new charitable endowment funds in partnership with the Liberty Christian Fellowship of Colington.

The first fund, called Love in Action, was established by an anonymous donor, and named for a passage in Romans, Chapter 12. Love in Action will support the Fellowship’s grant-making ministry, ultimately benefiting the faith-based nonprofits that are addressing the Outer Banks’s most pressing and urgent needs.

Managed financially by the Community Foundation and programmatically by Liberty Christian Fellowship, the Love in Action Fund will be a perpetual source of grant funding for nonprofits, schools, churches, and other charities.

Among many other forms of community outreach, Liberty Christian Fellowship is a host for the Outer Banks’s Room in the Inn program. The Fellowship helps to feed and shelter the homeless each year at Christmas at the church’s Camp Emmanuel facilities.

Also this week, the Fellowship established a traditional endowment to benefit the Fellowship itself. This endowment is also held by the Community Foundation and will provide long-term financial support for any and all of the church’s programs and needs.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation holds endowment funds by and for over 40 nonprofits and churches across the Outer Banks, including the YMCA, Whalehead Preservation Trust, Food for Thought, Dare County Crime Line, Outer Banks SPCA, the Ocracoke, Currituck, and Dare County libraries, St. Andrews By-the-Sea, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church.

Anyone can make a tax-deductible gift to any of the Community Foundation’s funds. Please visit www.obcf.org/donate to contribute, or visit www.obcf.org/giving/create-a-fund to learn more about starting a new fund.

OBCF Awards $540,000 in 2014, Raising Funds to Do More in 2015

Ending another record-breaking year, the Outer Banks Community Foundation announced over $540,000 in grants and scholarships in 2014, including $105,000 in new grants earlier this week.

This brings the Community Foundation’s total giving to $6 million since its founding in 1982.

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

Earlier this week, the Community Foundation used its home-grown endowment to award $105,000 in grants to three dozen nonprofits, benefiting every type of charitable cause, from arts and the environment to helping the homeless, the hungry, the sick, and the disabled.

Interfaith Community Outreach received the largest grant of December: $50,000 over two years to purchase a new office building. Interfaith has moved seven times in its 11-year history; a permanent home will help the organization save operating costs and assist more people in need.

Health and human services were the focus of several other December grants. The Community Foundation awarded grants to the Beach Food Pantry for a new website, to the Outer Banks YMCA for a pool lift to help disabled patrons, to the Community Care Clinic of Dare to implement electronic health records, to OBX Go Far for a Fun Run program for elementary school kids, and to the Currituck Free Dental Clinic on behalf of their Dare County patients.

The Community Foundation also awarded several grants to support education and the arts. These grants included awards to the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts for a choral master class for high school students, the NC Aquarium Society for a new exhibit about Richard Etheridge and the Black Life-Savers of Pea Island, Friends of Jockey’s Ridge for Blackbeard’s Treasure Hunt Program, Theatre of Dare to bring Aesop’s Fables to elementary schools, the Don & Catharine Bryan Cultural Series for a musical theater program in the schools, and the Dare County Youth String Ensemble to purchase violins for elementary school children.

In addition, several donor-advised funds at the Community Foundation awarded almost $18,000 in grants this week, including the Bingham Family Fund, Burwell A. Evans Charitable Fund, Cathi Ostrander Family Fund, Francis W. and Virginia H. Meekins Family Fund, Hester Family Fund, June and John Kemble Memorial Cancer Fund, Kelly Family Fund, Phil and Mary Woodruff Fund, and Simpson-Sharp-Oakes Fund.

Grant recipients included American Legion, Beach Food Pantry, Coastal Family Church, Currituck Free Dental Clinic, Dare County Arts Council, Don and Catherine Bryan Cultural Series, First Flight Society, GEM Adult Day Services, Interfaith Community Outreach, Mano al Hermano, Monday Night Alive, Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, Outer Banks SPCA, Outer Banks Sporting Events, Roanoke Island Volunteer Fire Department, and Room in the Inn.

But while the grant-making in 2014 was impressive, Ms. Costa said there is room to do more. “Our community’s generosity is amazing, but our community needs are immense,” said Ms. Costa. “We received grant requests totaling $135,000 this month, and we weren’t able to fund everything. Many worthy projects received partial funding or no funding.”

“Next year we hope to do more so we can better meet local needs,” said Ms. Costa. “But we can only do that 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.

First South Bank Supports Community Foundation’s Flat Top Fund

Pictured (left to right): Leslie Reed, Finance Manager, Outer Banks Community Foundation; Skipper Hines, Senior Vice President, First South Bank; Bob Muller, Treasurer, Outer Banks Community Foundation; Lorelei Costa, Executive Director, Outer Banks Community Foundation; and Dorothy Hester, Board Member, Outer Banks Community Foundation.

Pictured (left to right): Leslie Reed, Finance Manager, Outer Banks Community Foundation; Skipper Hines, Senior Vice President, First South Bank; Bob Muller, Treasurer, Outer Banks Community Foundation; Lorelei Costa, Executive Director, Outer Banks Community Foundation; and Dorothy Hester, Board Member, Outer Banks Community Foundation.

During a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate First South Bank’s new full-service banking office in Kill Devil Hills on September 24, 2014, Senior Vice President Skipper Hines presented a $2,500 donation to support the Outer Banks Community Foundation.

The donation will benefit the Flat Top Preservation Fund, an endowed fund that maintains, protects, and preserves the 1953 Frank Stick Flat Top cottage located at 13 Skyline Road in Southern Shores that houses the Community Foundation office.

“We are so grateful to First South Bank for their leadership, vision, and generous support,” said Lorelei Costa, Executive Director of the Community Foundation. “This donation will enable us to grow the Flat Top Endowment, maintain our home office, and preserve the architectural legacy of artist, architect, and visionary leader Frank Stick.”

“First South Bank is honored to be a member and supporter of the Outer Banks Community Foundation and contribute in a way that exemplifies one of the bank’s four guiding principles – ‘to be vested in the communities we serve’,” said Skipper Hines, Senior Vice President of First South Bank. “Thanks to the vision and mission of the foundation, this donation allows us to have a positive impact on the entire nonprofit community. In recognizing that growing this endowment fund provides the foundation with increased resources to re-invest in our community, we would like to invite other businesses to join us in giving to this fund.”

To learn more about the Flat Top Preservation Fund, visit the Community Foundation’s website: www.obcf.org.

FSB_logoFirst South Bank has been serving the citizens of eastern and central North Carolina since 1902 and offers a variety of financial products and services, including a leasing company. Securities brokerage services are made available through an affiliation with an independent broker/dealer. The Bank operates through its main office headquartered in Washington, North Carolina, and has 26 full service branch offices located throughout eastern and central North Carolina. First South Bancorp, Inc. may be accessed on its website at www.firstsouthnc.com. The Company’s common stock symbol as traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market is “FSBK”.

CheckPoint Donates Security System

Thanks to a generous contribution from CheckPoint Security, the Outer Banks Community Foundation has upgraded their office security.

Earlier this month, CheckPoint donated and installed a comprehensive security, fire alarm, and monitoring system for the Community Foundation’s historic flat top office in Southern Shores.

“We are incredibly grateful to Rodney and Clark Sawyer of CheckPoint for donating this state-of-the-art system,” said Lorelei Costa, Executive Director of the Community Foundation. “It’s so important that we protect the privacy of our donors, grantees, and scholarship students, and with this new system, our files and assets are even better protected.”

CheckPoint donated all equipment plus installation of the security, fire alarm, and monitoring systems.

The flat top cottage was built in 1953 and donated to the Community Foundation in 2007 by an anonymous donor, with the stipulation that the Community Foundation preserve and maintain the cottage and use it for a nonprofit office.

Celebrating the CheckPoint donation are (from left to right) Rodney Sawyer and Clark Sawyer of CheckPoint Security, and Sharon Elliott, Bob Muller, and Lorelei Costa of the Community Foundation.

New Endowment for Children’s Art Announced

The Dare County Arts Council and the Outer Banks Community Foundation have established a new charitable endowment to fund children’s arts programming. The Jim Wood Endowment for Children’s Arts was created in memory of the late Jim Wood, a bank trust officer, community philanthropist, and self-taught painter who lived on the Outer Banks from 1985 to 1993.

The initial gift for the fund was donated by attorney Carl O. Smith, Jr., of Rocky Mount, and his wife, Patricia, a professor at NC Wesleyan College, in the form of 14 watercolors — all framed originals painted by Jim Wood. Mr. Wood’s work has graced the cover of Ducks Unlimited Magazine and can be found in many important North Carolina collections, including those of Wells Fargo, PNC Bank, R.J. Reynolds, and Senator Richard Burr.


This original watercolor by Jim Wood of a Wood Duck was donated to the Community Foundation by Carl and Patricia Smith of Rocky Mount and is for sale in the Manteo gallery of the Dare County Arts Council, along with a dozen other Wood originals. All proceeds will be contributed into the Jim Wood Endowment for Children’s Arts.

The Arts Council is selling the donated paintings from their gallery in downtown Manteo, contributing all proceeds to the Community Foundation. In turn, the Community Foundation will invest all funds and manage the endowment. Once the endowment reaches $5,000, the Community Foundation will send an annual distribution to the Arts Council to support classes, workshops, festivals like Artrageous, and other arts programming for children.

“This is our third endowment fund with the Community Foundation,” said Chris Sawin, Executive Director of the Arts Council, “and we’re enthusiastic about it because it will provide our nonprofit with sustainable and reliable income in perpetuity.”

“Children’s programming is a huge and growing focus for the Arts Council, because we now have space in the restored historic courthouse to offer more classes,” continued Mr. Sawin. “This fall we’re offering kids’ workshops in painting, decoupage, mosaic, sculpture, screen printing, and more. With the Jim Wood Endowment, we hope to increase these offerings over time.”

“The Community Foundation manages endowments for over 35 nonprofits across the Outer Banks,” said Lorelei Costa, Executive Director of the Community Foundation. “These funds serve as consistent, easy, and permanent sources of revenue for these organizations, which is so important as competition increases for grants and individual donations.”

Mr. Wood not only created art, but also facilitated local art and philanthropy in ways that will benefit the Outer Banks forever. As trust officer for Peoples Bank and Centura Bank, in both Rocky Mount and the Outer Banks, Mr. Wood helped several clients establish charitable endowments that continue to benefit Dare County.

“Mr. Wood facilitated two of our largest bequests ever, from Ruth Medgyes and Dorothy Luedemann,” said Ms. Costa. “So far these two bequests alone have awarded almost $470,000 in grants to over 55 local nonprofits and over $420,000 in scholarships to over 220 Dare County students. And those numbers will continue to grow, because the bequests are invested as perpetual endowments.”

Standing in the Arts Council gallery in front of two Jim Wood watercolors, representatives from the Outer Banks Community Foundation and the Dare County Arts Council celebrate the new Jim Wood Endowment for Children’s Arts. Pictured are (from left to right): Chris Sawin, Director of the Arts Council; Lorelei Costa, Director of the Community Foundation; and Chris Seawell, Board Member of the Community Foundation.

Standing in the Arts Council gallery in front of two Jim Wood watercolors, representatives from the Outer Banks Community Foundation and the Dare County Arts Council celebrate the new Jim Wood Endowment for Children’s Arts. Pictured are (from left to right): Chris Sawin, Director of the Arts Council; Lorelei Costa, Director of the Community Foundation; and Chris Seawell, Board Member of the Community Foundation.

“I knew Jim for 25 years, first as a colleague at the bank, and later as a friend,” said Mr. Smith, who contributed the paintings for the fund. “Jim always believed in youth and the value of art for children. He would have been thrilled that this has been undertaken by an organization that he so greatly admired.”

Mr. Wood passed away in 2013 after a short but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He is memorialized forever through this endowment and survived by his wife, Kathy, of 39 years, a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren.

On her late husband’s behalf, Mrs. Wood accepted the Community Foundation’s Champion Award this past February in recognition of Mr. Wood’s outstanding contributions to the Outer Banks.

Anyone can contribute to the Jim Wood Endowment for Children’s Arts by purchasing a painting from the Arts Council at their gallery, located on the first floor of the historic Dare County Courthouse in downtown Manteo at 300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue. Additionally, anyone can make a tax-deductible donation to the fund by visiting www.obcf.org.

Top Photo Caption: Jim Wood at the drawing board with his granddaughter, Anna. In his lifetime, Mr. Wood was a champion for the arts, for children, and for philanthropy, and a new endowment fund for children’s arts programming has been named in his memory.

Community Foundation Awards $70,000 in Grants

The Outer Banks Community Foundation awarded more than $70,000 in grants this month to 25 local charities. Nonprofits from Hatteras, Roanoke Island, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, and Ocracoke will benefit.

Room in the Inn GrantEight nonprofits received competitive Community Enrichment Grants. In the health and human services category, Room in the Inn was awarded $1,160 for bicycles for homeless men and women. Interfaith Community Outreach was awarded $3,000 for a new website. GEM Adult Day Services received $5,200 for Art at the Park, which brings adults with dementia and their care-givers to parks across the Outer Banks for arts and crafts projects, respite, and relief.

Two nonprofits, hard-hit by Hurricane Arthur in July, received disaster relief grants. Chicamacomico Historical Association received $20,000 for essential repairs to the 1911 Life-Saving Station, and Ocracoke Alive received $5,000 for essential repairs for the historic skipjack Wilma Lee. Both the life-saving station and the skipjack were critically damaged by Arthur. Additionally, a new organization, Hatteras Island Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), was awarded $8,525 for disaster preparedness and relief equipment for Hatteras Island.

Two grants were awarded for historic and cultural education projects. The Coastal Studies Institute Foundation received $2,700 for a symposium series highlighting the Outer Banks’s maritime heritage. Saltwater Connections received $11,600 for the Coastal Voices project, to digitize oral history interviews from Hatteras and Ocracoke. These interviews will be available for download online and will be aired on Hatteras Radio and Ocracoke Community Radio.

In addition to those Community Enrichment Grants, the Community Foundation also awarded grants from several donor-advised funds, which are funds managed on behalf of donors and families, who recommend the grants that are awarded. The Spencer Family Fund awarded a grant to the Outer Banks Relief Foundation, and the Peregrine and Kaye White Fund awarded grants to Dare Hospice and the Dare County Association of Fire Officers.

The Kelly Family Fund awarded grants to OBX Pride, Holy Family Catholic Church, Father’s Heart Ministries, Outer Banks Relief Foundation, Friends of Jockey’s Ridge, and Alzheimer’s North Carolina. The Dorothy Scott Townsend Fletcher Memorial Fund awarded grants to the Southern Shores Volunteer Fire Department, Kitty Hawk Volunteer Fire Department, Kill Devil Hills Fire Department Auxiliary, Beach Food Pantry, Food for Thought, Interfaith Community Outreach, the Albemarle Commission’s Home-Delivered Meals Program, Outer Banks SPCA, Holy Redeemer by the Sea, and the Town of Southern Shores.

The Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for its Community Enrichment Grants program. The last application deadline of the year is Friday, October 31.

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. Grants may be awarded 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 Announces Marketing Workshop for Nonprofits

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is offering a marketing workshop for area nonprofits from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 16 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Kill Devil Hills. Entitled “Storytelling for Nonprofits: How to Tell Stories that Build Support and Raise Money” and led by Kivi Leroux Miller, President of the Nonprofit Marketing Guide, the workshop will help participants learn how to use stories for raising funds, recruiting new volunteers, and engaging community support.

“Good stories are powerful because they are emotional,” said Ms. Miller, “and emotions — not facts and figures — drive giving. Stories are a nonprofit’s most powerful marketing and fundraising tool — stories about the people served, and the volunteers and supporters.”

During the workshop, Ms. Miller will share how stories can be the backbone of any nonprofit’s marketing and fundraising strategy. Through a series of exercises and practice sessions, participants will learn how to tell three different kinds of stories, using so-called challenge plots, creativity plots, and connection plots. Participants will see how to use and reuse stories in email, on a website, in social media, in fundraising letters, at events, and more.

Tuition is $15 for any representative of an Outer Banks nonprofit and includes the participants’ breakfast and lunch.

“Normally the tuition for this workshop would run $85,” said Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s Executive Director. “But thanks to sponsorship by Village Realty and the Ramada Plaza Hotel, we can offer this workshop at a steeply reduced price for our local nonprofits.”

Ms. Miller is the author of “The Nonprofit Marketing Guide: High-Impact, Low-Cost Ways to Build Support for Your Good Cause” and “Content Marketing for Nonprofits: A Communications Map for Engaging Your Community, Becoming a Favorite Cause, and Raising More Money.” Through training, coaching, and consulting, she helps small nonprofits make a big impression with smart, savvy marketing, communications, and fundraising. A resident of Lexington, North Carolina, Ms. Miller teaches a weekly webinar series and writes a top-ranked blog on nonprofit communications at NonprofitMarketingGuide.com.

Nonprofits must pre-register for the workshop by October 10 via the Community Foundation’s website at www.obcf.org/i-have-a-need/nonprofit-workshop-registration. For additional questions, please contact Jennifer at jennifer@obcf.org or 252-261-8839.

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Giving Circle Awards Grants, Recruits New Members

The “OBX Giving for Good” Giving Circle is actively seeking and welcoming new members to join this innovative philanthropic group.

Sponsored by the Outer Banks Community Foundation, Giving for Good is a group of local families with school-age children who each contribute to a charitable fund and then make high-impact grants to charities that they chose.

“There are giving circles around the country, and they’re growing in popularity, for really good reason,” said Avery Harrison, the chair of Giving for Good. “Through a giving circle, families can pool their donations together, select their grants as a group, and make much a bigger impact together than they could have alone.”

Last year 21 families joined Giving for Good and donated $4,200 to Food for Thought, Room in the Inn, and the Outer Banks chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Each participating family could nominate a charity for the group to consider, and then each family had three votes to select the charities they wanted to receive the grants.

“We believe that philanthropy is a family ethic, so the goal of the Giving Circle is to involve our kids in giving back,” said Ms. Harrison. “We encourage the kids to help present their favorite charities to the group, and to vote on the charities that will receive our grants.”

Giving for Good also sponsored several volunteer days over the last year. The families have volunteered with the SPCA, at Surfing for Autism, and for Friends of Jockey’s Ridge by helping to plant dune grasses at the state park.

This year the Giving Circle is hoping to grow by recruiting new families for the club. Membership is open to any family who wishes to join. Each family is asked to contribute $250; these donations are 100% tax-deductible and are pooled together for nonprofit grants. The families will meet on Sunday, September 21 to nominate charities for grant-making, and again on Sunday, October 5 to select their charities, location to be announced.

“Some of our families can’t make every meeting, and that’s absolutely okay,” said Ms. Harrison. “Families can nominate charities or vote by email. And our meetings are very fun and family-friendly.”

Any family who wishes to join this year can mail their $250 contribution to OBCF, 13 Skyline Road, Southern Shores, NC 27949 (please write “giving circle” in the memo line) or can donate online at www.obcf.org/donate. Memberships are due by September 15. To learn more, please contact the Community Foundation at 252-261-8839, or visit the Giving Circle’s website and/or Facebook page.

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.