How can I donate financially to help victims of Dorian?

Thank you so much for your generous intention.

To donate securely by credit card, please click here. Or, if you’d rather give your credit card information over the phone, please call our office, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, at 252-261-8839.

To donate by check: Please make your check payable to OBCF, and mail it to 13 Skyline Road, Southern Shores, NC 27949. Please write “disaster” in the memo line of your check, and specify whether your gift should be designated for Dare County, Ocracoke, or both. (Disaster gifts without a specified geography will be split 50/50 toward both communities.)

To donate cash: We do not advise mailing cash. You may wish to drop off your cash donation to our office at 13 Skyline Road in Southern Shores. Our regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, but we urge you to call us before you visit at 252-261-8839. That’s because we’re a small staff, and occasionally we are all out of the office.

To donate stock, IRA assets, or other gifts: Please call our office at 252-261-8839, and we will gladly assist you.


Can I earmark my donation toward Dare County versus Ocracoke?

Absolutely. If you donate through our online form, you can choose Dare County, Ocracoke, or a 50/50 split. If you donate via check, simply write “disaster” in your memo line, along with Dare County or Ocracoke, and we will follow your instructions.

If you donate through Facebook, please know that we are not able to add designation options on the Facebook donation form, so all Facebook gifts are split 50/50 between Ocracoke and Dare County. Therefore, if you do have a geographic preference, we recommend another vehicle for your gift, such as our online form.


How can I donate food, clothing, appliances, furniture, cars, or other goods to the Dorian relief effort?

Thank you for your generous intention! Before donating any tangible items, please connect with the groups we recommend below. This is important because transportation and storage of goods is very challenging, especially on Ocracoke, and often there is a mismatch between the goods that are donated and the goods that are needed. Also, needs on the ground change by the hour.

For donations to Ocracoke: Please email You can also find the commodities group on Facebook by searching for Ocracoke Disaster Relief.

For donations to Hatteras: Please email You can also connect with this group on Facebook by searching for Hatteras Island Community Emergency Response Team.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation does not accept donations of food, clothing, or any other physical item; unfortunately we just do not have storage space or the means of transport. Instead, we invite your financial contribution, which gives us the flexibility to respond to the latest and greatest needs on the ground.


I have been impacted by Dorian. How can I apply for financial assistance?

We are so sorry that you are a victim of Dorian.

In Dare County, please contact the following organizations for assistance:

  • Households North of Oregon Inlet: Interfaith Community Outreach at 252-480-0070
  • Households South of Oregon Inlet: Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men at 252-305-4928

You can also try Dare County Social Services at 252-475-5500.

On Ocracoke, your first step for receiving assistance is to visit the Ocracoke Recovery Center, which is located in the Variety Store parking lot at 950 Irvin Garrish Hwy. The hours of operation of the Ocracoke Recovery Center are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Spanish language resources are available.

At the Recovery Center, you will complete a common application that can connect you with multiple potential sources of support, including resources from Hyde County, the State, and the Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund. These various entities may request further information from you at that point, if needed.

Please note that when you complete that application for assistance at the Recovery Center, you may choose which entity(s) receive your application. For example, someone who does not wish for their information to be shared with any government entities can specify that their application only be shared with private, philanthropic organizations like the Community Foundation.

All applications received by the Recovery Center will be vetted by professional, experienced, outside case managers. All names and contact information of applicants will be removed from applications prior to review by the Ocracoke Recovery Fund to ensure confidentiality and impartiality.

If, for any reason, you cannot visit the Ocracoke Recovery Center, please connect with our Ocracoke Recovery Fund Committee by emailing


How is the Disaster Relief Fund being used? How are the funds distributed to disaster victims?

Every penny of every donation to our Disaster Relief Fund will directly assist individuals and families who have been affected by the storm. While the Outer Banks Community Foundation is collecting the financial contributions, our community partners are working directly with storm victims, reviewing applications for assistance, and distributing funds.

Disaster Relief Funds will be distributed to full-time residents based on financial need. These funds will be distributed without regard to the individual’s sex, race, national origin, citizenship status, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender identity, or age. All individual applications for assistance are held in strict confidentiality.

Disaster Relief Funds can be used to meet a variety of needs. We are helping storm victims pay for temporary shelter, home repairs, supplies, furniture, appliances, food, and other necessities. In instances when an individual has lost wages due to the storm (e.g., if a person’s place of employment was flooded or closed), our funds can be used even more broadly, for example for rent, groceries, medical bills, and other expenses.

Disaster Relief Funds will help pay expenses that other sources of support will not cover. Storms victims will be assisted in seeking all available help (e.g., insurance, FEMA, state or federal assistance); the Disaster Relief Fund is intended to cover unmet needs, to fill gaps, and to help people who have no other help.


Is my donation tax-deductible? Is the Outer Banks Community Foundation a 501(c)3 charity?

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a public charity and a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our IRS determination letter, our most recent 990, and our independent audit are all available on our website at

All donations to the Community Foundation are tax-deductible as charitable contributions. Please consult your tax advisor to determine your exact situation.


 When will I get a tax receipt for my donation?

If you made an online donation to the Community Foundation, you should automatically receive a tax receipt by email, to the email address you entered on the form. If you didn’t get that email, please check your spam box. If you still can’t find it, please email our office at, or call us at 252-261-8839, and we will be glad to send you a duplicate receipt.

Tax receipts for check and cash donations will be mailed to donors in batches as we process them. Please be patient; the volume of generous donations we have received after Dorian has caused a delay in our acknowledgment of your gift.


How much of my money actually goes to disaster relief? What fees do you subtract from my donation? Is my donation paying for your staff or overhead?

Every penny of your donation will go to disaster relief victims. We do not take any fees or administrative charges out of your donations for disaster relief. The Community Foundation, and our partners, pay for our own staff time and overhead in administering the fund. If you donate by credit card, we even pay your credit card charges from a separate source of money. Truly, every penny donated goes to local disaster relief victims.


I want to hold a fundraiser for Dorian relief. Whom should I contact?

Thank you so much for your interest and generosity. We have been honored to be the beneficiary of many fundraisers organized by individuals, businesses, civic groups, and others. Unfortunately we cannot attend or promote every event, but please do call our office at 252-261-8839 and tell us about your event. We would love to hear from you and deeply appreciate your support.


My business would like to donate to the Disaster Relief Fund. How will you publicize our gift?

All donations of all levels will be listed in our Annual Report. We are also happy to offer Facebook recognition, upon request, to any donation of $1,000 or more. For any donations of $10,000 or more, we would be delighted to schedule a special publicity photo with your business and promote that on Facebook. For any donations of $50,000 or more, we would be delighted to schedule a publicity photo, author a press release, post the release and photo on our website and Facebook page, and send the release and photo to all of our local media contacts.


Can I contribute anonymously?

Absolutely. Just let us know that you wish to remain anonymous, and we will honor that request.