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, or contact April Peters at or 252-715-1652. For more information about the Community Foundation, visit, or contact Lorelei Costa at 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 Before submitting an application, prospective applicants are urged to contact Lorelei Costa at 252-261-8839 or by email.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(* — tour headquarters)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community Foundation to Present Grants Info on April 2 in Avon

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

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

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

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

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

Scholarship Deadline Is March 31

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

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

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

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

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

From our website, students can apply for any Community Foundation scholarship, without having to make multiple copies of transcripts, recommendation letters, or application forms. Students complete one common application, upload one transcript, write one or two different essays, and apply for all Community Foundation scholarships for which they are eligible, all in one place.

Teachers and community members can provide confidential recommendations online, without having to make multiple copies.

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

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

“If I could give one tip to every prospective applicant, it would be this: Start early!” said Costa. “Please don’t wait until March 30 to begin your application. We have a strict deadline, and if you start too late, you might not get your recommendation letters and Student Aid Report in time.”

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

Scholarship funds have been generously donated from individuals, families, businesses, nonprofits, civic groups, and government agencies to help local students pursue higher education. Any community member who is interested in establishing a scholarship fund with the Community Foundation is encouraged to call Lorelei Costa at 252-261-8839.

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

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

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

SAGA Sponsors Free Workshop for Outer Banks Nonprofits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community Foundation Celebrates Record-Breaking Year at Annual Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Community Foundation Announces Grant Deadline, Grant Awards

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for its Community Enrichment grants program. The application deadline is Friday, February 7. Applications must be completed and submitted online through the Community Foundation’s website:

The Community Foundation awards quarterly Community Enrichment grants to help meet local needs and enrich the quality of life for all people in the Outer Banks. 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.

In 2013 the Community Foundation awarded $375,000 in grants to nonprofits serving the Outer Banks. At their meeting in December, the Community Foundation board awarded Community Enrichment grants to: American Heart Association for middle school CPR education, Children & Youth Partnership for the 2014 State of the Child conference, Croatoan Archaeological Society for the 2014 Hatteras dig, Elizabeth R & Company for the Patsy Cline production, Food for Thought for a pilot summer food program, Hatteras Village Medical Center for x-ray equipment, Interfaith Community Outreach for office equipment, Nature Conservancy for trail signage at Nags Head Woods Preserve, Ocracoke Youth Center for the Ocracoke Community Park, Outer Banks Hotline for a new telephone system, and the YMCA for fitness equipment for special needs clients.

In December the Community Foundation also awarded donor-advised grants to American Legion, Beach Food Pantry, Blue Star Mothers of America, Bryan Cultural Series, Children & Youth Partnership, College of the Albemarle, Creative Choices Crisis Pregnancy Center, Croatoan Archaeological Society, Currituck Free Dental Clinic, Dare County Arts Council, Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Elizabethan Gardens, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, First Flight Society, Food for Thought, Manteo High School, Monday Night Alive, Mt. Olivet Church, Nags Head Elementary PTO, Ocracoke Child Care, Outer Banks Cancer Support Group, Outer Banks Dare Challenge, Outer Banks Relief Foundation, Outer Banks SPCA, Roanoke Island Volunteer Fire Department, Room in the Inn, Town of Southern Shores, and UNC Coastal Studies Institute Foundation, among others.

These donor-advised grants were awarded from the Bingham Family Fund, the Burwell A. Evans Charitable Fund, the Dorothy Scott Townsend Fletcher Memorial Fund, the Friends of Manteo High School Fund, the Giving for Good Giving Circle, the Hester Family Legacy Fund, the Kelly Family Fund, the Phil and Mary Woodruff Endowment Fund, the Simpson-Sharp-Oakes Fund, and an anonymous fund.

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.

Pauline Wright ‘Walked the Walk’

By Sandy Semans Ross

Pauline Wright died on Sept. 3, 2011 at the age of 93, but her dedication to her community will continue for countless generations to come, thanks to a bequest left in the care of the Outer Banks Community Foundation.

“Mrs. Wright loved life, art, music and had a compassion for people — especially children,” said attorney John Gaw, who provided legal representation to Mrs. Wright when she was alive and became the trustee of her estate. “She had a profound awareness of her value system and walked the walk. She lived what she believed in.”

As part of her estate plans, Mrs. Wright left a house in Southern Shores to her revocable trust, which sold the property, made a few specific bequests to a few specific individuals, and donated the remaining proceeds to the Community Foundation, for charitable purposes selected by Mrs. Wright.

“She did a good job focusing on what she wanted to achieve,” said Mr. Gaw. “She was smart and had a mind of her own and could quickly get to the crux of an issue.”

Her total bequest to the Community Foundation will total about $500,000. It will be the third largest bequest in the Community Foundation’s history. The Community Foundation will hold her bequest in five separate charitable endowment funds that will be invested in perpetuity.

Mr. Gaw said that Mrs. Wright loved the arts and felt that they add to the community’s quality of life. “She felt that support of the arts was important and that the arts are especially important in schools, where they might ignite an undiscovered talent. She collected local art, listened to music from plays, jazz, opera, and was a prolific reader.”

One of the five new funds set up at the Community Foundation is the Pauline Wright Endowment of the Dare County Arts Council. The money will be used to support the Art Council’s operations and art programs in Dare County.

“This extraordinary gift gives the Dare County Arts Council a unique opportunity to plan stable, long-term arts initiatives that reach several underserved populations, including young artists with developmental disabilities,” said Kip Tabb, President of the Arts Council. “We are humbled by Ms. Wright’s generosity.”

Mrs. Wright’s love of reading was translated into a perpetual endowment for the Currituck County Public Library Foundation for the benefit of Currituck’s public libraries.

Vicky Hagemeister, Currituck librarian, said that discussions are just beginning about how best to use the gift. “One of the ideas is to hold a reading contest for third graders in all the Currituck County schools. If children are to become good readers, they must be reading at grade level by the third grade. We could give the winner of the contest $100 and, of course, we would keep Mrs. Wright’s name alive by naming the contest after her,” said Ms. Hagemeister.

Mrs. Wright was also an animal lover and enjoyed the company of her beloved Sheltie, Daco. “She wanted a fund that could not be used to pay to euthanize animals, but, instead would help make sure that homes were found for them and that their medical needs were met,” said Mr. Gaw.

The Pauline Wright Endowment for the Currituck Animal Shelter will be a permanent endowment for the primary animal shelter of Currituck County that has, as its mission, the rescue, humane care, treatment, and adoption of stray and/or homeless pets. Currently, the Animal Lovers Assistance League operates the shelter, so the fund will provide the League with financial support for food, shelter, medical care, adoption programs, education programs, and spay/neuter programs for stray and/or homeless animals.

“We are very grateful for her gift,” said Ginger Sikes, the shelter director. “We have three funds that could use the additional money. The first is the one used to pay for spaying and neutering; the second is to pay for heartworm prevention and treatment; and the third is for emergency vet care.

“Recently, a puppy was brought in that needed medical help,” said Ms. Sikes. “Someone had poured some type of acid on its back, and the acid had eaten all the way down to the bone. The puppy received emergency medical treatment from a veterinarian … It is now full of life and is waiting for someone to adopt it.”

The Pauline Wright Endowment for Dare County Individuals with Special Needs, and the Pauline Wright Endowment for Educational and Developmental Needs in Currituck, are the last two endowments created by the bequest. These will be field-of-interest funds that will be available for programs benefiting those with special needs.

“Pauline had concerns about children with special needs,” said Mr. Gaw. “She knew that they needed help in developing areas such as social skills in their formative years. The programs needed to address issues that are lacking in schools, and so she wanted to help fund such programs.

“She had seen young people with special needs working in grocery stores and saw that they did a good job. She felt that was good for them and good for the community.”

The Community Foundation will use these two funds targeting the respective counties to award annual grants on a competitive basis to nonprofits for educational, cultural, social, and developmental programs for individuals with Down syndrome and/other similar special educational and/or developmental needs. Priority emphasis will be given to programs in schools, programs benefitting children, and/or job-training and life skills programs. Grant awards will be available to any qualifying 501c3 charity or government agency. Grant proposals for this fund will be due on the first Friday of May each year, with awards announced on the first Thursday of June.

“When we were setting up the bequest, we looked at several groups and felt that the Community Foundation was the best choice to meet her wishes and needs,” said Mr. Gaw. “I’ve always been impressed by how the Community Foundation handles such funds, and she was very comfortable with the choice.”

Now in its fourth decade of philanthropy, the Outer Banks Community Foundation is a public charity that connects people who care with causes that matter. The Community Foundation manages 125 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, makes charitable grants, administers over 40 scholarship programs, and provides tailored services to help individuals, families, and businesses pursue their charitable goals. Since its founding in 1982, the Community Foundation has awarded over $5 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students across the Outer Banks.

Donations to any of the Pauline Wright Endowments may be mailed to the Outer Banks Community Foundation, 13 Skyline Road, Southern Shores, NC 27949, or can be made online at For more information about the Pauline Wright Endowments, or how to establish any type of charitable fund of your own, call 252-261-8839.