Community Foundation Awards $46,000 in Rapid Response Grants

$46,000 in new grants will help Dare County families afford childcare and tutoring, get food to isolated and frail community members, provide financial assistance on Hatteras Island, and help people in need provide for their pets…

Community Foundation Announces 7th Round of COVID Rapid Response Grants

As our COVID numbers rise once again, the Outer Banks continues to face unprecedented challenges through the pandemic. We are now accepting applications for COVID Rapid Response Grants, due at 5 p.m. on Monday, November 16…

Free Webinar for Nonprofits: How to Grow Your Endowment with Legacy Gifts

Join us on Tuesday, November 10 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm for a free webinar on endowment planning and legacy fundraising. This workshop is for Outer Banks nonprofits of all sizes…

Lunchtime Live Webinar on Giving October 27

This Tuesday, October 27, at 12:30 pm, join our Executive Director, Lorelei Costa, for a dynamic and fun Lunchtime Live webinar with the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce. You’ll get practical and timely advice…

We’re Going to Get There: The Road to Recovery from Dorian, Part 2

“The flood waters of Hurricane Dorian receded quickly, but three inches or three feet in a home makes little difference. Everything has to go.” This story, the second in the two-part series by Kip Tabb, describes the rebuilding and recovery efforts on both Ocracoke and Hatteras Island, one year after the storm…

We’re Going to Get There: One Year Later, the Road to Recovery from Dorian

On a warm day in late August this year, Ocracoke looks much like it has for years. Yet Ocracoke is still a community on the mend from the devastation that Hurricane Dorian wreaked one year ago…

COVID Rapid Response Grants Round Six Now Open

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications from nonprofits for a sixth round of COVID Rapid Response Grants, with a focus on childcare and remote learning needs during school closures…

OBCF Awards $65,000 in COVID Grants for Childcare and Educational Needs

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has awarded more than $65,000 to help local families afford childcare and tutoring during the COVID-19 school closures. Click here for more info on how your family can get assistance — and how you can donate to help…

Community Foundation Accepting Applications for COVID Grants

OBCF is now accepting applications for a 5th round of COVID Rapid Response Grants, as well as applications from any nonprofit for any type of charitable project benefiting the OBX. We are especially encouraging grant proposals from groups addressing childcare and remote learning needs during school closures…

Lorelei Costa Elected to Statewide Nonprofit Board

It was announced today that Outer Banks Community Foundation Executive Director Lorelei Costa has been elected to the statewide board of directors for the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits…

2019 Annual Report is Published Online

Our 2019 Annual Report is published! The 2019 Annual Report is completely online. Hurricane Dorian photos, stories, and donors all are included in this year’s report, in addition to other important benchmarks….

Community Foundation Awards $37,000 to 14 Nonprofits

Grants of more than $37,000 were awarded in June to support the work of 14 vital nonprofits and aiding a variety of local causes, including care for our elderly, therapeutic activities, food, medicine, education, and the arts…

Community Foundation Awards $164,000 in Scholarships

“I worked hard for all of these things because I knew they could help me reach my goal: to go to college. For me, having the opportunity to go to college allows me to beat the odds. I would be the first person in my family to go to college and graduate…”

Community Foundation Awards $150,000 in COVID Grants

More than $150,000 has been awarded to 16 nonprofits serving the Outer Banks since March, to support their work in meeting basic needs for Outer Banks families and individuals impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic…

How is the COVID Crisis Affecting Your Nonprofit? Please Respond to Our Survey by Wednesday, May 6

The COVID-19 crisis has profoundly affected the Outer Banks, including our nonprofit sector, and we’d like to learn more about your organization’s challenges, your programs, and how we can help. We need to hear from you…

Community Foundation Awards $46,788 in COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants to Three Nonprofits

In a third round of COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants, the Outer Banks Community Foundation has announced $46,788 in emergency funding to local nonprofits, supporting their efforts to address food insecurity…

Sustaining Your Nonprofit Through the COVID Crisis: April 15 Webinar Handouts and Resources

Find links and resources from Wednesday’s webinar, including Powerpoint presentations, list of banks accepting PPP applications, help on applying for CARES Act funding, including PPP; and much more …

Community Foundation Awards $37,680 in COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants to Nine Nonprofits

 In our second round of COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants, the Outer Banks Community Foundation has announced $37,680 in emergency funding…

Community Foundation Awards $56,050 in Covid-19 Rapid Response Grants to Eight Nonprofits

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has announced $56,050 in COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants to eight local nonprofits, supporting their efforts…

Community Foundation Awards $67,400 in Grants

The Outer Banks Community Foundation awarded $67,000 in Community Enrichment Grants last week, supporting arts, children, animals, historic preservation, people battling cancer, and more…

Community Foundation Announces Availability of COVID-19 Grants

The Community Foundation has announced several actions to support the Outer Banks through the COVID-19 crisis, including a new Rapid Response Grants Program, and its first grant to provide home internet access to every student in Dare County…

Community Foundation Statement on Coronavirus

Like so many members of our community, the staff and board of the Community Foundation are closely monitoring COVID-19. We stand ready to support our Outer Banks if and when local needs arise…

Lorelei Costa with Dare County Board of Commissioners

Executive Director Lorelei Costa shared an update on disaster relief funding and the Community Foundation’s Vision 2020 Grants Program with the Dare County Board of Commissioners on Monday, March 2. Click “Read more” to watch the video…

Community Foundation Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications online. We have $173,000 to give out this year! Applications are due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 29, 2020. Students: CLICK HERE to start your application…

OBCF Honors Champions, Announces 2020 Vision Grants at Annual Meeting

The Community Foundation honored two Champions at its Annual Meeting on February 20, and announced a major new grants initiative: the 2020 Vision Grants, which will be launched later in the year…

Community Foundation Annual Meeting Is February 20 at Jennette’s Pier

The Outer Banks Community Foundation will celebrate a record-setting year at its 2020 Annual Meeting at Jennette’s Pier on February 20…

Community Fdn Awards $1.4M in 2019 and Opens 9 New Charitable Funds

Ending another record-breaking year, the Outer Banks Community Foundation announced over $1.4 million in grants and scholarships in 2019, and the creation of nine new charitable endowments for future community support…

Community Foundation Now Accepting 2020 Grant Applications

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for its Community Enrichment Grants Program. The first deadline of the year is Friday, January 31…

There is still time to invest in the future of OBX in 2019, but don’t delay.

Read about the 2019 grants, the scholarships and the disaster relief that your generous donations supported…

Plan Your Giving: What We Can Learn from Ebenezer Scrooge

With so much need in the world today, and so many worthy causes, how do you plan your philanthropy? Lorelei Costa’s advice: follow a few simple steps to create a process for giving that can boost your year-end joy.

Helping Kids: The Karen Phillips Scholarship Fund

It all started when Karen Phillips convinced her husband, Roy, to volunteer at their son’s elementary school. Now Roy has created the Karen Phillips Scholarship in her memory to help deserving students achieve their higher education goals…

Disaster Relief: Your Gifts at Work

“Everything we owned was covered in black mold. If it wasn’t for all the support and donations, I don’t know what we would have done,” said Sheyenne, a 25-year-old mother of three from Buxton…

Summer Internship Opportunity for Scholarship Recipients!

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications for our prestigious Milton Jewell Internship Program, and all of our past scholarship recipients who are still enrolled in college are invited to apply…

Message of Gratitude from Your Community Foundation

This year, we are thankful to so many friends who have contributed to our foundation, including a record number of generous supporters who donated to relief efforts after Hurricane Dorian. You can still make a tax-advantaged gift this year…

Billy G. Roughton Scholarships To Help Students Achieve Their Dreams

Billy Roughton was a family man, a pharmacist, and a community activist. Owner of Bear Drugs, he helped many achieve their dreams of higher education during his lifetime. And now, two scholarships have recently been established in his name…

Wells Fargo Bank Awards $50,000 Grant for Disaster Relief

Wells Fargo has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Outer Banks Community Foundation for the Ocracoke Disaster Relief Fund. The grant will directly support hundreds of households who have been devastated by Hurricane Dorian…

Disaster Funds Allocated for Home Rebuilds, Repairs, and Temp Housing

More than $625,000 has now been awarded from the Ocracoke Disaster Relief Fund for Dorian victims, including a half million dollars for home rebuilds, home repairs, and temporary housing…

Destination Dare Video Features Community Foundation

Community Foundation Executive Director Lorelei Costa is featured in the November 2019 edition of CURRENT TV’s Destination Dare. Click here to see the video…

OBCF and Firehouse Supports 65 Ocracoke Households – Many More To Come

This week, more than 65 households on Ocracoke have been awarded assistance for Dorian recovery from money raised by the Outer Banks Community Foundation. As relief efforts continue, much more financial assistance is to come…

OBCF Disaster Relief Funds Support Ocracoke Individuals

Disaster Relief Fund donations to the Outer Banks Community Foundation are now being awarded to individuals in need. Islanders still grapple daily with significant challenges but are slowly getting back on their feet…

Help Your Neighbors Recover from Dorian

One month ago, Hurricane Dorian hit the Outer Banks and Ocracoke with a vengeance. It is now clear that private philanthropy will be a main lifeline for our neighbors who were devastated by this storm. Donate now to make a difference…

Community Foundation Helps Nonprofits with Disaster Recovery

The OBCF has awarded over $70,000 in Rapid Response Grants to nonprofits that are leading disaster relief efforts in the face of Hurricane Dorian, and to nonprofits that were devastated by the storm. These grants are in addition to—and separate from—the new money that OBCF has raised for Ocracoke and Hatteras residents…

OBCF Disaster Fund Receives $50,000 from BB&T Charitable Fund

The Outer Banks Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund has received a $50,000 grant from the BB&T Charitable Fund to help support hundreds of affected families across Dare County and Ocracoke following Hurricane Dorian…

OBCF Announces Rapid-Response Grants Cycle for Nonprofits after Dorian

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has announced an emergency, rapid-response grants cycle to support nonprofit organizations after Hurricane Dorian. Applications are due by Friday, September 20…

TowneBank Leads With Disaster Relief Donation

With a $150,000 contribution to the Outer Banks Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund, TowneBank has committed to helping Ocracoke and Hatteras Island rebuild after Hurricane Dorian…

Donate Today to Help Dorian Victims Across OBX

We are now accepting donations to support relief and recovery after Hurricane Dorian in both Dare County and Ocracoke. Every penny of every gift will be used to directly assist local individuals and families. CLICK HERE TO DONATE.

Costa Joins Board of NC Network of Grantmakers

The executive director of the Outer Banks Community Foundation has been elected to serve on the Board of the NC Network of Grantmakers…

A Hard Worker with a Helping Hand: Introducing the Shearouse Scholarship

Master Chief of the U.S. Naval Submarine Service. Recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal. Head of the Dare County Fleet Maintenance Department. Boss of his own yard maintenance company. These are just a few of the titles Howell Revier Shearouse, Jr. held in his lifetime…

Community Foundation Awards More Than $36,000 in Grants

From finding forever homes for senior pets to restoring history, thanks to the generosity of Outer Banks Community Foundation donors, a variety of local nonprofits are now prepared to augment their impact on the community… 

2019 Annual Report Cover

2018 Annual Report Released

Our 2018 Annual Report has hit the streets! Download your copy here