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 www.obcf.org/scholarships/recent-recipients. For a descriptions of all the scholarships offered by the Community Foundation, go to www.obcf.org/scholarships/scholarship-programs.

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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 www.obcf.org/scholarships.

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 www.obcf.org/grants, and then call the Community Foundation to discuss their ideas. The application deadline is July 28, 2017.

 

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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 www.obcf.org.

Students interested in applying for a Boat Builders Scholarship can learn more at www.dcbbf.org.

Community Foundation Welcomes 2017 Milton A. Jewell Intern

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is delighted to announce that Charles Shotton will be working with us for the next 12 weeks as our 2017 Milton A. Jewell Intern. Charles will be working closely with the community and foundation members on public relations and communications projects. He is a recent graduate from UNC-Wilmington, where he studied international studies and journalism, and was also the 2013 recipient of the Jerry & Arlene Davis Scholarship.

2016 Annual Report Available!

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has released its 2016 Annual Report, showcasing 11 new endowment funds and over $700,000 in grants and scholarships. The report spotlights our champions, Don and Catharine Bryan and their endowment fund for the arts, a new endowment created by the Outer Banks Relief Foundation in memory of Warren Judge, grants given to Community Care Clinic of Dare and WOVV 90.1 FM Ocracoke Community Radio, the incredible response from near and far to our hurricanes and the Disaster Relief Fund, and much, much more. The Community Foundation gratefully thanks and acknowledges all of our generous 2016 donors, including designer, Barbara Noel, who generously donated 30% of graphic design services for this beautiful report.

Download the report here: Outer Banks Community Foundation 2016 Annual Report.

Schiffman Fund Will Help Our “Favorite Non-Human Locals”

It’s possible you might recognize the name Lila Schiffman, or you might know her by her popular moniker, “The Squirrel Lady.”

Lila has been rescuing wild animals ever since she was a little girl, and though she’s rehabilitated and released birds, cats and even the occasional human, she has a particular fondness for rescuing squirrels…

CLICK HERE to continue reading this wonderful story by Katrina Mae Leuzinger about Lila Schiffman and the new charitable fund she established with the Community Foundation to care for, protect, and rehabilitate animals and wildlife.

 

Photograph by Chris Hannant, Outer Banks Milepost.

Community Foundation Accepting Applications for Community Enrichment, Pauline Wright, David Loy, Aviation Education, and Schiffman Grants

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications for Community Enrichment Grants, as well as the annual Pauline Wright, David Aycock Loy, Aviation Education, and Schiffman Grants. Applications must be submitted online by Friday, April 28 via the Community Foundation’s website: www.obcf.org.

The Community Enrichment Grant Program is the Community Foundation’s broadest and largest grant program. These awards are open to any nonprofit for any kind of charitable project that benefits the Outer Banks. Areas of interest include: arts & culture; animal welfare; children & youth; education; the environment; disaster relief & prevention; health; historic interpretation & preservation; and other human services.

Most Community Enrichment Grants will support the direct costs of a charitable project or program (e.g., art supplies, medical equipment); however, Community Foundation Enrichment Grants are also awarded for capacity-building projects, with a goal of enhancing a nonprofit’s long-term effectiveness, financial stability, and/or program quality (e.g., computers, strategic planning).

Though Community Enrichment Grants are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed quarterly, the Pauline Wright, David Aycock Loy, Aviation Education, and Schiffman Grants are usually accepted and reviewed just once per year, in the spring.

The David Aycock Loy Fund was established in 2013 by his family to remember a boy who died too young from hemophilia complications. David Aycock Loy Grants are aimed at helping children on the Outer Banks with autism or any kind of intellectual, development, or learning disability. Charitable organizations that serve these children — or their families — are encouraged to apply. The David Aycock Loy Fund has over $1,850 to award this year in grants, but excellent projects may be eligible for additional matching dollars from the Community Enrichment program.

Pauline Wright Grants are aimed at helping adults or children in Dare and/or Currituck Counties with Down syndrome or any other kind of intellectual or developmental disability. The program was made possible by a generous gift from the late Mrs. Wright, who bequeathed her house in Southern Shores to the Community Foundation to award these annual grants, as well as to support the Dare County Arts Council, Currituck County Public Library, and the Currituck Animal Shelter.

Both nonprofits and government agencies are eligible to apply for Pauline Wright Grants, but priority emphasis may be given to programs in schools, 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 fund, each with $7,000 to award this year; projects benefiting both Dare and Currituck could draw from both funds. Excellent projects may also be eligible for additional matching dollars from the Community Enrichment program.

In past years, the Community Foundation awarded Pauline Wright and David Aycock Loy Grants to: Mane & Taill Therapeutic Horsemanship Academy for camp scholarships; Monarch Lighthouse and Beach Clubs for art, kitchen, and fitness equipment; the OBX Chapter of the Autism Society for social understanding workshops; the Town of Nags Head for the accessible playground at Dowdy Park; the local Special Olympics chapter for uniforms and athletic equipment; and the Nags Head and Southern Shores Fire Departments for beach wheelchairs.

The Community Foundation is also accepting applications for its Aviation Education Program. The Aviation Education Fund, which was established by Phil and Mary Woodruff in 2007, has $335 to award this year, but excellent projects may be eligible for matching dollars from the Community Enrichment program.

And a new fund this year is dedicated to all creatures great and small — the Schiffman Fund for Animals. This new program was established in 2016 by Lila Schiffman of Wanchese, known for her compassion for animals and especially her dedicated rehabilitation of squirrels and other wildlife. This year, $250 will be awarded from the Schiffman Fund for projects dedicated to the protection, care, and rehabilitation of animals and wildlife. Again, excellent projects may be eligible for matching dollars from the Community Enrichment program.

“Because our Aviation Education and Schiffman grants are small awards, organizations can apply for these funds with a simple, one-page letter that explains the project, and how they would spend the grant money,” said Lorelei Costa, the Executive Director of the Community Foundation. “If an organization has a larger project in mind, they can apply for matching funds through our online application at www.obcf.org. Larger requests should meet our Community Enrichment Grants criteria.”

Before submitting an application for any grant, prospective applicants should first review the criteria online, and then contact Lorelei Costa at 252-261-8839 to discuss their projects. Then, all grant applications must be completed and submitted through the Community Foundation’s website: www.obcf.org. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 28. Grant decisions will be announced on Thursday, June 1.

 

Photo courtesy of Dare County Special Olympics.

Community Foundation Awards Over $43,000 in Grants

This month the Community Foundation awarded more than $43,000 in grants to 16 nonprofits. The awards will assist with a wide range of charitable needs, from children’s education to senior care, from arts and culture to environmental programs.

Seven local nonprofits received Community Enrichment Grants, which are grants given on a competitive basis to nonprofits that apply online for funds. The Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County received $5,000 to bring “Paperhand Puppets” to Dare County for performances and demonstrations in May at the Dowdy Park Opening in Nags Head and KidsFest in Manteo. Children at Play was awarded $4,380 for a new play exhibit of educational building blocks for the Outer Banks Children’s Museum.

Roanoke Island Historical Association received $5,000 for audio upgrades for The Lost Colony production. First Colony Foundation was awarded $5,000 for a public symposium in Dare County in October about the archaeological evidence of the Lost Colony’s possible relocation to Site X in Bertie County. The Don & Catharine Bryan Cultural Series received $3,000 to provide 150 free tickets for students to attend the May performance of H.M.S. Pinafore by the NY Gilbert and Sullivan Players.

Two organizations received capacity-building grants, which are Community Enrichment Grants designed to enhance the organizational effectiveness and sustainability of local nonprofits. Interfaith Community Outreach received $5,000 for computer technology and strategic planning, and GEM Adult Day Services received $2,987 for equipment for their new office.

In addition to the application-based Community Enrichment Grants, awards were also granted from the Kelly Family Fund, the Community Foundation’s oldest and largest donor-advised fund. Donor-advised funds are managed on behalf of individuals and families, who recommend the grants that are awarded. This month the Kelly Family Fund gave $5,000 to the Outer Banks Hospital, $1,000 to the Dare Community Care Clinic, $500 to the North Banks Rotary, $1,450 to Outer Banks Sporting Events, $1,000 to the NC Aquarium Society, $3,000 to East Carolina University Education Foundation, $1,200 to Roanoke Island Historical Association, $2,500 to the NC Coastal Federation, and $2,000 to the Outer Banks Relief Foundation.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications for Community Enrichment Grants, as well as the annual Pauline Wright, David Aycock Loy, Aviation Education, and Schiffman Grants. The Wright and Loy Grants are intended to help people in Dare and Currituck Counties with intellectual and developmental disabilities, while Schiffman Grants will support the protection, care, and rehabilitation of animals and wildlife. Proposals must be submitted online at www.obcf.org by Friday, April 28.

Photograph by Biff Jennings, Shooters at the Beach.

 

Community Foundation Elects New Board, Honors Champions, Nonprofits, and Departing Board Members at Annual Meeting

The Outer Banks Community Foundation announced the winners of its Champion Award and its Nonprofit Video Contest at the organization’s annual meeting last month. New board members were elected by the organization’s members, and four departing board members were honored.

After a beautiful and enthusiastic musical performance by the Monarch Lighthouse Club Bell Ringers, guests enjoyed a delicious lunch and elected four new members to the Community Foundation’s board of directors: Bruce Austin of Manteo, Nancy Caviness of Duck, Greg Honeycutt of Ocracoke, and Clark Twiddy of Colington.

Scott Brown and Nancy Sugg, Co-Chairs of the Scholarship Committee, announced that the Community Foundation gave out over $150,000 in scholarships to 75 deserving students in 2016. Scott Leggat, Chair of the Grants Committee, announced that over $500,000 in grants were awarded in 2016 through Community Enrichment Grants, Donor-Advised Funds, and other endowment distributions.

Video contest winners were announced: the Dare County Arts Council came in first place, winning a grant of $2,000, followed by GEM Adult Day Services in second place with a grant of $1,000, and Food for Thought in third place with a grant of $500. The winning videos, as well as all of the entries from this year’s and past years’ contests, can be viewed below, or by clicking here.

Four outstanding board members were thanked for their generous service to the Community Foundation: John Graham, Deloris Harrell, Dorothy Hester, and Bob Muller. All have now received the honorable status of Emeritus Director with the Community Foundation.

Chris Seawell, Vice-President of the Community Foundation, conferred this year’s Champion Award posthumously to Don and Catharine Bryan, the founders and sustainers of the Don & Catharine Bryan Cultural Series, a nonprofit that brings significant arts and cultural events to the Outer Banks.

In announcing the award, Mr. Seawell stated: “In addition to their legacy of service to our country and their selfless participation in local government and volunteerism, Don and Catharine were passionate about the arts. With many of their neighbors, they had a vision of inspiring, educating, and challenging our community through presentations of exceptional visual, literary, and performing arts. To ensure this vision, they chose to leave significant gifts in their wills to the Outer Banks Community Foundation.”

The Community Foundation now stewards and manages the Bryans’ gifts in a perpetual endowment fund to benefit the Cultural Series, which today is the largest fund that the Community Foundation holds.

Since Mr. and Mrs. Bryan’s family live out of town, accepting the 2017 Champion Award on their behalf were Bob Muller and Robert Hobbs, executors of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan’s estates, respectively.

Finally, Teresa Osborne, the 2017 President of the Community Foundation, closed the meeting with the news that in honor of the organization’s upcoming 35th birthday on November 30, 2017, the Community Foundation would offer a Matching Fund Challenge for nonprofits. Eighteen nonprofits are now registered for endowment support through the Challenge.

Photograph courtesy of Biff Jennings, Shooters at the Beach.

 
 

BELOW: Playlist of all video contest entries since 2012!

Twenty-Two Local Nonprofits To Participate in Matching Fund Challenge

Ten local nonprofits are creating new endowment funds this year, thanks to the Community Foundation’s new Matching Fund Challenge, which was announced by Community Foundation President Teresa Osborne at the organization’s annual meeting in February. Additionally, twelve other charities are getting help from the Community Foundation to grow their existing endowments.

In all, twenty-two nonprofits are participating in the program, from Ocracoke to Kitty Hawk, Hatteras Island to Roanoke Island. The causes they support range from health care to the arts, fire protection to animal welfare, historic preservation to emergency assistance for people in need.

“We are excited that so many diverse nonprofits from across the Outer Banks are taking advantage of this new grant program,” said Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s executive director.

The goal of the Matching Fund Challenge, she said, is to help local nonprofits create, build, and publicize endowment funds. “An endowment can be extremely beneficial to a nonprofit because it can provide easy, reliable income each year to support the nonprofit’s mission,” stated Ms. Costa. “Endowments really are perpetual legacy funds that are invested to sustain a nonprofit for generations to come.”

The Matching Fund Challenge includes two components. First, the Community Foundation pledged $2,500 as a matching grant to local nonprofits that in turn pledged to contribute or raise a minimum of $2,500. The combined $5,000 would be invested in the organization’s endowment fund.

Second, the Community Foundation offered $1,000 Marketing Mini-Grants for organizations to promote their endowment to their supporters.

“We are automatically giving a Marketing Mini-Grant to every organization in the Matching Fund Challenge,” said Ms. Costa. “We are also offering five stand-alone Mini-Grants to organizations that already have endowments and just want resources to promote them.”

Organizations were included in the Challenge on a first-come, first-served basis. Originally the Community Foundation had planned to offer just 10 slots in this initial year. “But when 17 organizations signed up by 10:00 am on the first day of registration, we realized that there was huge demand for endowment funding,” explained Ms. Costa. “So we added more slots to include every group that committed on that first day.”

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

These groups have until November 30 to raise $2,500 each to take advantage of the matching grant.

“Anyone can help any one of these organizations receive their matching funds,” said Ms. Costa. “Interested donors should contact their favorite charities on the list to pledge their support.” The Community Foundation is asking each individual group to collect donations from supporters to ensure that gifts are attributed correctly.

In addition to the aforementioned nonprofits, the Elizabethan Gardens, Outer Banks SPCA, First Flight Society, Dare Education Foundation, and Ocracoke Youth Center will receive stand-alone Marketing Mini-Grants to promote their existing endowments.

“The Matching Grant Challenge could not come at a better time for nonprofits,” said Ms. Costa. “Here on the Outer Banks, the competition for grants, donations, and business sponsorships has become incredibly fierce. An endowment, on the other hand, can provide dependable funding for a nonprofit for countless years ahead.”

Any 501(c)3 serving the Outer Banks that missed the Matching Fund Challenge in 2017 will have another chance in 2018, when the Community Foundation board intends to renew the Challenge in some iteration. Click here for more information about the Matching Fund Challenge.