Summer Job Opportunity for Scholarship Recipient

Announcing the 2018 Milton Jewell Internship

Are you a college student who’s looking to build your résumé, and make some money this summer? Are you interested in a career in the nonprofit sector, and eager to get your foot in the door? Or maybe you are hoping to hone your skills in archival research and/or database management?

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications for our prestigious Milton Jewell Internship Program, and IF you are one of our past scholarship recipients and you are still enrolled in school, YOU are invited to apply for this awesome opportunity.

This summer our Milton Jewell Intern will be managing our grants and scholarships database, digging deep into historical archives to complete our electronic records. We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual with fastidious attention to detail and creative problem-solving skills. Time permitting, the intern will also be completing our board member records, and redesigning and updating our database of local nonprofit organizations. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in the nonprofit sector, and also for history majors and/or information science majors.

The intern will work 20 hours per week from our Southern Shores office on the Outer Banks, with flexible hours to accommodate additional employment. The position pays $12.50 per hour. Start and end dates will depend on the intern’s college schedule; however, a 12-week commitment is expected. The Milton Jewell Intern will report to the Executive Director and will also work closely with our other two staff members.

Job Duties:

  • Complete our database of thirty-five years of grants and scholarships, totaling an estimated $8 million in monetary awards.
  • Meticulously check electronic records against various historical archives, including old paper files, board meeting minutes, financial statements, and annual reports.
  • Add any missing information, including student names, award dates, and geographic area served, using creative problem-solving skills to find clues in unexpected places.
  • Enter, analyze, and summarize data in Microsoft Excel for eventual import into an Access-built database.
  • Create charts and tables to illustrate strategic data trends for our board and executive director.
  • Time permitting, redesign our database of local nonprofits in Excel and within an online platform, using ingenuity to create a more functional system for a variety of needs.
  • Update nonprofit records, compiling and de-duping a multitude of electronic spreadsheets, and utilizing the Internet and the good old-fashioned telephone to update contact information.
  • Time permitting, update our board member records by delving into 35 years of board meeting minutes, adding dates of service and creating a user-friendly timeline.
  • Assist with other administrative duties as assigned.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a current undergraduate college student. Preference may be given to current sophomores and juniors; however, current freshmen and seniors are also invited to apply.
  • Must be a current or past recipient of an Outer Banks Community Foundation scholarship, including any of our scholarships given in partnership with other entities. (If you you received a Community Foundation scholarship and you are still enrolled in school, you qualify! If you’re not sure, call us at 252-261-8839 to check.)
  • Preference may be given to students with a strong career interest in the nonprofit sector.

Essential Qualities:

  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Superior and enthusiastic work ethic. Reliability, maturity, and self-motivation.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with MS Word.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.

Preference may be given to candidates with:

  • Strong skills in Microsoft Excel, including experience entering, sorting, manipulating, analyzing, and charting data.
  • Experience in database management and design.

To Apply:

  • Email your cover letter, résumé, list of three references, and writing sample to no later than December 22, 2017. Please specify “Internship Application” in the subject line of your email.
  • Your list of references should include professional and/or academic contacts, with at least one current or past employer. For each reference, include his/her name, title/affiliation, telephone number, and email address.
  • In your cover letter, please describe your career interests, and any experience you have managing or creating spreadsheets and databases.
  • Your writing sample should be between 750 and 5,000 words. It should be wholly written and edited by you. It may be an excerpt of a longer work.
  • Finalists may be invited to interview the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

About the Community Foundation: Founded in 1982 and based in Southern Shores, the Outer Banks Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity that helps meet local needs across Dare County and the entire Outer Banks. The Community Foundation manages $17 million across 175 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, providing tailored services to help donors pursue their charitable interests. With these funds the Community Foundation awards charitable grants to local nonprofits, and educational scholarships to local students through 50 diverse scholarship programs. Since its inception in 1982, the Community Foundation has awarded an estimated $8 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students. Learn more at

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to make all hiring and other employment decisions without regard to an individual’s sex, race, national origin, religion, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, or physical or mental disability.

Local Nonprofits Build Forever Funds through the Community Foundation

The challenge has been met! Seventeen local nonprofits undertook the Outer Banks Community Foundation’s Matching Fund Challenge, issued earlier this year, to raise $2500 each for permanent endowment funds.

And all seventeen groups met or exceeded the challenge, raising needed funds to sustain their organizations in perpetuity.

The Community Foundation matched the dollars raised, $2500 per group, and also offered marketing grants to help the organizations publicize their funds to the public.

The endowments will provide vital, perpetual support for a wide range of local causes, from health care to the arts, fire protection to animal welfare, children’s needs to historic preservation.

“The goal of our challenge was to help diverse local nonprofits establish and build endowments for their organizations’ future,” explained Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s executive director. “An endowment can be so helpful to a nonprofit, because it is invested to provide the organization with sustainable, easy funds each and every year.”

The successful participants in the Matching Fund Challenge were: Beach Food Pantry, Chicamacomico Historical Association, Children & Youth Partnership, Community Care Clinic, Dare County Arts Council, Dare County Boat Builders Foundation, Food for Thought, Friends of the Outer Banks History Center, Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, Hatteras Village Civic Association, Interfaith Community Outreach, NC Lions VIP Fishing Tournament, Ocracoke Fire Protection Association, Ocracoke Community Radio, Outer Banks Hotline, Outer Banks Relief Foundation, and Outer Banks Sporting Events.

Five additional organizations received marketing grants to publicize their funds: Dare Education Foundation, Elizabethan Gardens, First Flight Society, Ocracoke Youth Center, and Outer Banks SPCA.

“Here on the Outer Banks, the competition for grants, donations, and business sponsorships has become so incredibly fierce,” said Ms. Costa. “An endowment, on the other hand, is invested to provide dependable funding for a nonprofit for countless years ahead.”

“In establishing endowments, these nonprofits are investing in their future and creating ideal vehicles for donors who wish to give them sustaining support,” added Ms. Costa.

Anyone can contribute to any of the endowments created through the Matching Fund Challenge, or to any of the 40 other nonprofit and church endowments managed by the Community Foundation. Donors are encouraged to donate online at, or by contacting the Community Foundation at 252-261-8839.

Mike Kelly Continuing Important Legacy with Community Foundation

Story By Kip Tabb

Kelly’s Outer Banks Tavern and Restaurant, Mike Kelly’s signature restaurant, closes for good soon, the land sold for development of a supermarket. But with Mako Mike’s and Pamlico Jack’s restaurants still open, as well as the company’s catering service, Kelly is still very much a part of the Outer Banks community.

Known for his generous contributions to the local area, Kelly has worked almost exclusively through the Outer Banks Community Foundation to target his giving, much of the funds coming from his annual golf tournament.

After the 24th Kelly Hospitality Group Annual Charity Golf Tournament wrapped up, Mike had a chance to reflect upon this year and tournaments past, and what it has meant to him and his family to be able to give back to the local community.

“We’ve raised a little over $300,000 in the golf tournaments,” he said. “We’ve given away $300,000 and because of the growth and because of the money we’ve put into it, we still have a little more than $300,000 in it (the fund). That’s amazing.”

Click here to read more about this family, their fund, and giving back to the Outer Banks in the Outer Banks Voice.


Community Foundation Expands Grants Criteria, Announces Last Deadline of 2017

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has announced two expansions of its grants criteria. Effective immediately, the Community Foundation is now funding “Program Scholarship Grants,” and additionally is now giving equal priority to both new programs, and to established programs that are filling a gap and/or meeting a vital, urgent need.

“This is great news for Outer Banks nonprofits,” said Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s executive director. “If your organization has hesitated in the past to apply for a grant, we invite you to read our new criteria on our website, and call our staff to discuss your needs. Your projects may now be a perfect fit for our grants program!”

Program Scholarship Grants are the latest category of grants that the Community Foundation will be offering on a quarterly, competitive basis. These are grants to enable a nonprofit to offer “scholarships” for enrichment programs to individuals and families with financial need or other hardship. The scholarships should offset or reduce the registration fees that the nonprofit would normally charge for programs such as summer camp, educational offerings, or after-school programs.

“The goal of Program Scholarship Grants,” explained Ms. Costa, “is to enable local nonprofits to provide life-enriching opportunities to members of the community who would otherwise not be able to participate. These grants are offered in addition to our regular Project Grants and Capacity-Building Grants.”

But perhaps the most significant expansion of the Community Foundation’s grants criteria is its new, expanded focus on established charitable programs. Specifically, the Community Foundation will now support existing programs that are filling gaps in the community and/or meeting a critical community need.

“In our 35 years of grant-making, the Community Foundation has traditionally emphasized ‘seed grants,’ and the funding of new programs and organizations,” explained Ms. Costa. “This was at least partly because the local nonprofit sector was in its infancy, and the Community Foundation needed to make best use of its limited grant funds by helping to initiate new projects that the community could sustain through other sources of funding.”

The Community Foundation has a long history of launching new programs that endure to this day, including Food for Thought, Earth Fair, Mano al Hermano’s Family Literacy Program, 211, the Children and Youth Partnership, the Ocracoke Village Thrift Shop, Hatteras Radio, the Veteran’s Writing Program at the Arts Council, the Water’s Edge Village Charter School in Corolla, and much more.

“Today there are over 200 nonprofits serving the Outer Banks,” remarked Ms. Costa, “and nowadays it’s not always the case that a new program is needed to meet a community need. There are many established programs that are already serving vital needs — programs that simply require additional support. And so the Community Foundation is expanding to meet the changing demands of our community.”

“With our broader criteria, the Community Foundation will continue to play an essential role as the ‘venture capitalist’ of our local nonprofit sector, investing in new initiatives and innovative ideas, while also helping established, vital programs with their direct funding needs,” Ms. Costa said.

The Community Foundation’s final grant application deadline of the year is Friday, October 27. Any nonprofit serving the Outer Banks (Dare County, Ocracoke, and/or the Currituck beaches) is eligible to apply, including groups that work in arts and culture, animal welfare, children/youth, disaster relief and prevention, education, the environment, health, historic interpretation and preservation, and other human services.

“This cycle we have dedicated funds remaining for arts programs, health and wellness projects, environmental projects, and programs in Ocracoke and/or Hatteras,” said Ms. Costa. “If you are interested in applying for a grant, please review all of our information online first, and then call me at 261-8839 to discuss your ideas.”

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a public charity that connects people who care with causes that matter. The Community Foundation manages $15 million in 175 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards grants to local nonprofits, administers 50 scholarship programs, and provides tailored services to help donors pursue their charitable interests. Since its inception in 1982, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students.

6th Annual Nonprofit Video Contest!

Announcing our 6th Annual Nonprofit Video Contest! Show us how a Community Foundation grant
helped your nonprofit improve our community, launch a new program, or change people’s lives!

This is your chance to showcase your organization’s success stories. Tell us about your nonprofit’s amazing work, and highlight the most exciting and impactful program that the Community Foundation has helped fund. Any organization supported by any Community Foundation grant* since 2013 is eligible to enter.

*This includes Community Enrichment grants, donor-advised grants, and even endowment distributions.

Your video doesn’t have to be perfect and will not be judged on technical ability. Videos will be judged on how they make us feel. A winning video will make us all proud and excited about your nonprofit’s vital mission and the necessity of your programs.

The winners will receive unrestricted grants for:
First Place: $2,000
Second Place: $1,000
Third Place: $500

Additionally, the winning videos will be shown at the Community Foundation’s Annual Meeting on February 22, 2018.

Don’t know how to make a video? It’s easy! Check out your phone, camera, or computer — or the closest teenager! Ask your organization’s board members, volunteers, and clients to help. Use photos, client testimonials, event footage, interviews… Be creative!

Click on the video below to watch all the WINNING videos from our first five contests, or click here to view ALL the videos submitted in all prior year contests.

For all the details, including contest rules and submittal information, download our flyer. Entries due Friday, January 19, 2018!

FREE Nonprofit Workshop: From Seed to Harvest: Nourishing Your Nonprofit Endowment

What is a nonprofit endowment fund, and how do they work? What should you be telling your donors about your endowment fund? And most importantly, how do nonprofits grow their endowments to make a real, sustainable difference for their organizations?

While there are many creative ways for building an endowment with small gifts, the donations that will make the biggest impact are planned gifts. And if “planned giving” is a new or intimidating concept for your nonprofit organization, this seminar is for you!

You are invited to join Claire Meyerhoff of the Planned Giving Agency and Lorelei Costa of the Outer Banks Community Foundation on Monday, October 30 for this free, entry-level workshop on endowment and legacy giving. Entitled “From Seed to Harvest: How to Grow Your Endowment to Nourish Your Nonprofit with Legacy Gifts,” the seminar will be held from 1pm to 5pm at the Coastal Studies Institute on Roanoke Island.

Our goal is to give you the basic knowledge and tools to start building your endowment through planned (aka legacy) gifts. Specifically, we will talk about:

  • Prospecting: How to identify the best prospects for a planned gift to your endowment
  • Marketing: Good ways of reaching those prospects, and key media and messages to use
  • Talking: How to start a “legacy conversation” one-on-one with your supporters
  • Stewarding: Ways to keep your legacy donors engaged

We’ll also be covering:

  • Types of Planned Gifts: To familiarize you with the kinds of gifts you are most likely to receive
  • Endowment Fundamentals: What your staff, board, and donors need to know about donations to your fund

This seminar has been especially designed for organizations that have endowment funds with the Outer Banks Community Foundation. However, if your organization does not yet have a fund with us but is considering starting one, you are invited to join us as well. Registration is now closed, but please call Shirley Hamblet at 727-744-0573 if you would like to check on last minute availability.

About Our Presenters

Claire Meyerhoff is the President of Planned Giving Agency, LLC, in Raleigh, NC. A nationally-recognized nonprofit marketing specialist, Claire is also a seasoned presenter who has worked with hundreds of organizations within the nonprofit sector. This former broadcast journalist (ABC radio, CNN, SiriusXM) and public relations professional has a unique perspective that is truly “donor-centric.” She focuses on creating highly-tailored marketing campaigns with a focus on legacy, stewardship, and planned giving outreach.

Lorelei Costa has served as the Executive Director of the Outer Banks Community Foundation since 2012 and in that role has facilitated 75 new endowments and planned gifts for the Outer Banks. An honors graduate of UNC – Chapel Hill, she earned her certificate in nonprofit management from Duke and has 18 years’ experience in the philanthropic sector in both North Carolina and Alaska. Lorelei is a member of the Community Leadership Council of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and proudly volunteers as a firefighter and EMT with the Southern Shores Volunteer Fire Department.





Supporting Scholars With Promise

By Charles Shotton

When Maria Mendoza’s house burned to the ground, just months before her senior year at Manteo High School, she lost everything. Along with her mother and brother, Maria had spent countless hours working various jobs each week, summers and through the school year, to make ends meet.

Following the tragedy, saving was difficult for Maria and her family. Budgets were tight, and when Maria began looking into furthering her education, tuition fees were daunting.

Unbeknownst to Maria, she was far from alone. Over the past 20 years, the cost of in-state tuition and fees at public universities has increased by a staggering 296 percent, according to In 2012 it was estimated that 71 percent of students who graduated from a four-year college had student loan debt, and in total over 40 million Americans have student debt, according to

Maria thought the only way to attend a four-year college was to take out student loans and succumb herself to debt. This past spring, however, Maria learned that there were people in the Outer Banks who wanted to help high school students who had academic aspirations. She applied to multiple local scholarships with the hopes of lessening her financial burden.

Her hard work paid off. In May Maria learned she had received the Jerry & Arlene Davis Scholarship from the Outer Banks Community Foundation. The $20,000 scholarship was awarded to Maria due to her strong work-ethic and perseverance through adversity.

“I’m so grateful for the Davises’ help,” Maria said. “I was planning on working two jobs this year just to pay my tuition, but thanks to the Davis Scholarship, I can now focus on school instead.”

Maria will be studying Criminal Justice at NC Central University this fall, and hopes to one day obtain her master’s degree and go to work helping all kinds of people.

As natives of Kitty Hawk and Wanchese, Jerry and Arlene Davis love and embody the local community of the Outer Banks and want nothing more than to give back to the community that gave them so much. Since the Davises started their scholarship with the Community Foundation in 2007, they have helped 11 local high school students achieve academic dreams without the fear of financial distress.

Another Davis Scholar, Mitzy Minton, also worried about the financial strain of attending college. After graduating from Manteo High School in 2009, Mitzy had aspirations to obtain a college education, but like Maria was nervous about the increasing financial burden that was attached to it.

“I was living in a house with a single parent and also the youngest of four, so money was nearly nonexistent when it was my time to go to college,” Mitzy said. “Before and throughout college I was maintaining a job, playing sports, and doing my homework. It was a full schedule.”

However, thanks to the Davises, Mitzy was able to attend East Carolina University, graduate on time, and earn a degree in finance with under $10,000 in student debt. She is currently living in Richmond, VA, working as a risk management insurance underwriter.

While the Davises fully understand the increasing expenses of college tuition, they firmly believe in students who have a strong work ethic and a willingness to work hard. As a testament to their beliefs, their need-based scholarship targets students who worked through high school.

“Our parents were very hard-working, self-made folks who inspired us to achieve also,” Jerry said. “As Arlene and I have both worked since childhood, we feel a solid work ethic in teens, and the resulting feelings of pride and accomplishment, produces happy, healthy, confident, contributing adults.”

The intent of their scholarship is to help students achieve educational dreams that might not otherwise be possible.

The Davises’ commitment to help hard-working Dare County students has not gone unnoticed. Their $5,000 renewable scholarship has become one of the most sought-after awards that the Community Foundation offers. The scholarship is renewable for up to three years for a total of $20,000, as long as the student maintains a high grade point average.

Best of all, the Davis Scholarship will be available to students for generations to come. As a permanent endowment fund, the Davises’ scholarship will be invested by the Community Foundation in perpetuity. That means it will continue to grow and award scholarships to hard-working students in our community for years to come.

As a former recipient of the Davis Scholarship, I can accredit most of my academic success to the help I received from Jerry and Arlene. Being able to attend college without having to find a part-time job allowed me to focus all of my energy on my schoolwork, and I was able to graduate on time, with academic honors, and without any student debt.

On behalf of all of the Davis Scholarship recipients, I want to extend a sincere thank you to Jerry and Arlene Davis for helping us accomplish goals we thought were impossible. We could not have done it without you.

The Community Foundation currently supports 56 college students from the Outer Banks, and manages over 50 different scholarship programs. This year alone the Community Foundation awarded over $143,000 in scholarships and established three new scholarship programs. Interested local high school seniors are invited to apply each spring.

To find out more about Community Foundation scholarships, or to start your own scholarship fund, visit, or contact Lorelei Costa at


Top Photo: Jerry and Arlene Davis posing with Susan Youngsteadt, 2010 Davis Scholar.

Lower Photo: 2017 UNCW graduate Charles Shotton experiencing his first moments no longer a student.

Community Foundation Awards $143,250 in Scholarships

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has awarded $143,250 in scholarships this spring, helping 56 students from across the Outer Banks achieve their educational dreams.

Twenty-nine graduating seniors from First Flight, Cape Hatteras, Currituck, Ocracoke, and Manteo high schools are receiving scholarships totaling $78,650 for the 2017-2018 academic year. Several of those students are receiving scholarships that are renewable for up to four years of college, representing an additional $67,050 in future pledged awards.

In addition, the Community Foundation has also renewed financial support to 27 college students originally from the Outer Banks, with scholarships totaling $64,600.

Among this year’s recipients is Maria Mendoza, a graduating senior from Manteo High School, who will be attending NC Central University in the fall to study criminal justice. Mendoza is the recipient of the Jerry & Arlene Davis Scholarship, a four-year, $20,000 award that was established by Mr. and Mrs. Davis in 2007. The Jerry & Arlene Davis Scholarship is based on financial need and is given to hard-working students to help them achieve educational goals that might not otherwise be possible. Mendoza is also the recipient of the Sgt. Earl Murray Memorial Scholarship and the Frank M. Cahoon Memorial Scholarship.

Sarah Skinner, a graduating senior from First Flight High School, has received the prestigious Milton A. Jewell Scholarship. She plans on using this scholarship to study English and psychology at Cornell University this fall. The Milton A. Jewell Scholarship is a merit-based award that is granted each year to a graduating senior with exceptional academic achievement and outstanding leadership qualities. The scholarship, established by bequest by the late Ruth Medgyes of Southern Shores, is renewable for up to four years of college, for a total of $24,000.

“I know the Milton A. Jewell Scholarship will go a very long way putting me through college, as well as enabling me to take advantage of opportunities that would have otherwise been unrealistic,” Skinner said. “I’m honored to have been chosen to represent the benefactors and the great Outer Banks community, and so thankful for their help in reaching my academic dreams.”

Another recipient this year is Christian Eberhard, a graduating senior from First Flight High School, who has received the four-year, $20,000 Sawyer Scholarship. The scholarship is based on academic criteria, community activities, financial need, and work experience. Eberhard plans to study at American University this fall, focusing on film studies, media arts, and environmental science. He is also a recipient of the $1,000 Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship.

“I feel like this scholarship is going to help so much in college; it lifted the biggest weight off my shoulders. I am classified as independent, so none of my guardian’s money will be going towards my tuition,” Eberhard said. “I’m so glad I got the time to sit down with the Community Foundation and tell them about what my future plans were. Everyone there was very interested and caring about my future.”

Cape Hatteras Secondary School senior Ethan Gray is this year’s recipient of the R. Stewart Couch Hatteras Island Scholarship, the largest one-year award available through the Community Foundation. This need-based scholarship is a combination of a bequest by the late Stewart Couch, as well as money raised in his memory by the Outer Banks Association of Realtors after his passing in 2012. This year the scholarship is worth $8,250.

For a full list of all of this year’s recipients, please go to For a descriptions of all the scholarships offered by the Community Foundation, go to

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a public charity that connects people who care with causes that matter. The Community Foundation manages over $15 million in 150 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards charitable grants to local nonprofits, administers 50 scholarship programs, and provides tailored services to help donors pursue their charitable interests. Anyone can establish a scholarship endowment with the Community Foundation, or contribute to one of our existing scholarship funds. Since the organization’s inception in 1983, the Community Foundation has awarded almost $2 million in scholarships to over 1,500 Outer Banks students. For more information, call 252-261-8839 or visit

Community Foundation Awards $59,000 in Grants; Next Deadline is July 28

This summer the Outer Banks Community Foundation awarded almost $59,000 in grants to 13 local nonprofit organizations. From feeding the hungry to preserving local history, the grants will assist in a wide range of charitable needs, benefiting hundreds across the Outer Banks.

Nine nonprofits received Community Enrichment Grants, which are given on a competitive basis to organizations that apply for funds. The Beach Food Pantry received a $5,000 grant to purchase a new, industrial-size refrigerator for fresh produce, meat, eggs, and other nutritious foods. Outer Banks Sporting Events also received a $5,000 grant for a website upgrade in an effort to increase visibility and raise more money for local charities.

The largest Community Enrichment Grant was awarded to the Chicamacomico Historical Association in Rodanthe in the amount of $25,000. The funds will be used to repair and restore the cedar shingle siding and roofing on the 1911 Station in an effort to preserve and protect the legacy of the men and women who guarded our coast from 1874 to 1954.

Mano al Hermano, aka “My hand to my brother,” received a $3,172 grant for a new outreach program to assist more immigrant members of our community. The Outer Banks Chamber also received a grant to provide scholarships to nonprofit personnel who wish to attend the Leadership OBX program later this fall.

Receiving over $16,000 in support from the Pauline Wright and David Aycock Loy Endowments, MANE & TAILL Therapeutic Horsemanship Academy and Special Olympics of Dare County both received grants this summer for their programs providing athletic opportunities to children and adults with disabilities.

First Flight Society received an aviation education grant this summer, and the Outer Banks SPCA received an inaugural grant from the new Schiffman Fund for Animals for their animal enrichment program.

The Community Foundation also awarded several donor-advised fund grants this summer. Donor-advised funds are managed on behalf of individuals and families, who recommend the grants that are awarded. This summer the Hester Family Legacy Fund supported Monday Night Alive, and the Bingham Family Fund awarded grants to the Beach Food Pantry and the Lower Currituck Food Pantry. The Preston Family Fund awarded grants this summer to GEM Adult Day Services in memory of Mabel S. Preston, to Special Olympics in memory of Reverend Norman G. Preston, Jr., and to Hatteras Island Rescue Squad in honor of Evelyn B. Preston.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its next cycle of Community Enrichment Grants. Eligible projects must directly benefit all or a portion of the Community Foundation’s service area, which includes all of Dare County, and all Outer Banks communities, from Corolla to Ocracoke Island. Community Enrichment Grants support all charitable causes, including arts and culture, animal welfare, children/youth, disaster relief and prevention, education, the environment, health, historic interpretation and preservation, and other human services.

Prospective applicants are urged to review the grant guidelines online at, and then call the Community Foundation to discuss their ideas. The application deadline is July 28, 2017.





The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a public charity that connects people who care with causes that matter. The Community Foundation manages $15 million in 150 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards grants to local nonprofits, administers 50 scholarship programs, and provides tailored services to help donors pursue their charitable interests. Since its inception in 1982, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students.

Photo Caption: The Outer Banks Community Foundation awarded $59,000 in grants earlier this summer to local nonprofits. From left to right, the staff and board include: Greg Honeycutt, Leslie Reed, Ray White, Shirley Hamblet, Teresa Osborne, Nancy Sugg, Bruce Austin, Lorelei Costa, Chris Seawell, Scott Brown, Clark Twiddy, Loretta Michael, and Nancy Caviness. Photograph by Biff Jennings, Shooters at the Beach.

Dare County Boat Builders Establish Two Funds with Community Foundation

It started in 2003, when the marine community learned that a good friend and colleague on the Outer Banks faced a very serious illness. Taylor Harrison, a talented and respected boat builder, was losing his battle with cancer, and members of the Dare County sportfishing family were devastated.

Soon after Harrison’s death, friends John Bayliss and Mike Merritt discussed how they could help Harrison’s two teenage children, Mallory and Alex, with their educational expenses. Merritt suggested starting a scholarship fund that was funded by an offshore fishing tournament featuring boats built in Dare County.

Thanks to these efforts, the short-term goal of raising money to cover Mallory and Alex Harrison’s educational expenses had been achieved, and both children successfully furthered their education.

After several successful tournaments, it was apparent that the efforts of the annual fundraiser needed to expand. In 2007, the Dare County Boat Builders Foundation formed in the spirit of helping families like the Harrisons and beyond.

Today, the Boat Builders Foundation is a stand alone 501c3 nonprofit, supported by local and national businesses and individuals who believe that everyone should have the chance to further their education beyond high school. Each year, the Boat Builders Foundation awards financial aid and assistance to those who apply and qualify. In 2017, the Boat Builders Foundation awarded $71,000 to 16 high school and 28 college and graduate students, and also pledged for the fourth year in a row to donate $15,000 to Dare County High Schools towards the College Advisor Position. From 2010 – 2017, the Boat Builders Foundation has awarded $531,350 to Dare County students whose families are in the marine industry.

It is important to the board of directors to preserve funds and continue this tradition. “The decision was made by our board to maximize our existing funds and establish a reserve fund for our organization,” said Jason Waughtel, treasurer of the Boat Builders Foundation.

“We have established two funds with the Outer Banks Community Foundation to accomplish this goal. The first fund is called Dare County Boat Builders Endowment Fund, which is a permanent endowment that will provide scholarships to Dare County students for generations to come. The Community Foundation matched the Boat Builders’ initial contribution of $2,500 dollar-for-dollar as part of the Community Foundation’s Matching Fund Challenge.”

He continued: “The second fund is called Dare County Boat Builders Access Fund, which is our reserve fund to provide our organization another option to help fund our scholarships to Dare County students. Both of these funds will help secure financial stability and security for the future.”

The Outer Banks Community Foundation manages 50 scholarship programs on behalf of families, churches, civic groups, nonprofits, and businesses across the Outer Banks. Since the organization’s inception in 1983, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $1.9 million in scholarships to over 1,500 Outer Banks students.

Anyone can establish a scholarship endowment with the Community Foundation, or contribute to one of the existing scholarship funds, including the Dare County Boat Builders Fund and the Dare County Boat Builders Access Fund. For more information, or to contribute to either of these funds, call 252-261-8839 or visit

Students interested in applying for a Boat Builders Scholarship can learn more at