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

Community Foundation Awards $192,000 in Scholarships

The Outer Banks Community Foundation awarded $192,000 in scholarships this spring, helping students from across the Outer Banks achieve their educational dreams…

So You Want to Start a Nonprofit

It’s probably the most common phone call I get. Some benevolent person discerns a need in our community, aspires to solve that community need, and wants some help with starting a new nonprofit…

Something Good from a Terrible Thing: The Sgt. Rimer Fund for Veterans

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has funds and endowments for a wide range of purposes and reasons, but the Sgt. Joshua Rimer Memorial Fund for Veterans is unlike any other fund the Community Foundation administers….

Don’t Let Your Local Scholarship Disappear

Scholarship displacement is when a college reduces a student’s financial aid package because of another scholarship the student received from another entity. Here’s what students, parents, and local scholarship providers can do to protect our scholarship dollars…

Now Accepting Applications for Special Focus Grants

The Community Foundation is now accepting applications for our annual Special Focus Grants. Areas of Special Focus include Animal Welfare, Aviation Education, and Opportunities for People with Disabilities. Applications are due on Friday, April 26…

Strategic Planning for Nonprofits: Join Us for This Seminar!

She’s back! Jeanne Allen is returning to the Outer Banks to reprise her popular seminar on strategic planning for nonprofits. Join us on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm at College of the Albemarle in Manteo…

You’re Invited to the Southern Shores Flat Top Tour on April 27

It’s back! The 2019 Southern Shores Flat Top Tour will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 1PM to 5PM. Tickets are just $7 per person and will be sold on the day of the tour at 156 Wax Myrtle Trl or 13 Skyline Rd…

Scholarship Application Now Open!

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications online. We have $170,000 to give out this year! Applications are due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 31, 2019. Students: CLICK HERE to start your application…

OBCF Honors Jo Oden, Elects New Board at Annual Meeting

The Community Foundation honored Josephine Oden at its annual meeting on February 19, naming “Miss Jo” posthumously as the organization’s 2019 Champion, in recognition of her role in starting the foundation’s scholarship program…

Community Scholarships: How Can We Do the Most Good

Last year, philanthropists across our community bestowed $500,000 in scholarships to Dare County seniors. As a community, how can we do the most good with the scholarships we give?

Annual Meeting 2019!

You’re invited to attend our Annual Meeting on Tuesday, February 19 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel. UPDATE: Please note that we are near the maximum for our seating limit. Please call 252-261-8839 to register, and we will do our best to accommodate you…

Our 2019 Grant Application is Open!

We are now accepting applications for our Community Enrichment Grants Program. The first deadline to apply in 2019 in January 25. Click here to read our grant guidelines, and click here to start your application…

Apply to Be Our Summer Intern!

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…

Plan Your Giving for 2019: What We Can Learn from Ebenezer Scrooge

Giving away money is easy. Giving it away wisely can be hard. Effectual, impactful philanthropy does not require deep pockets, just some thoughtfulness and planning. Here’s what we can learn about gift planning from Ebenezer Scrooge…

New Scholarship Honors Courage, Determination in Long-Time Coach

Rex Sample led a remarkable life. A teacher, coach, athlete, and dad, Rex exemplified courage, determination, and positivity in the face of hardship, which he hoped to impart to young people. Now, a new college scholarship will honor Rex’s legacy…

Community Foundation Awards $70,000 in Grants

The Outer Banks Community Foundation announced $70,000 in grants last week to 17 nonprofits, supporting a variety of local causes, from health care to food assistance, youth development to senior care, disaster relief to animal care…

Giving Guide by Lorelei: Tax-Saving Tips for Philanthropy

As the holidays approach, this is the time to make sure your philanthropy is structured to take the best advantage of the new provisions in the new tax bill…

New Evans Scholarship Pays It Forward

When Betty Evans was in nursing school, an anonymous donor reached out and helped her at a time of need. Now, Betty and her husband, Wayne, have established a scholarship of their own to help the next generation of nursing students…

Community Foundation Invites Donations to Community Fund

The Community Foundation is building the endowment for our Outer Banks, one gift at a time. What kind of community do you want to leave for the generations to come? Please make your gift to the Community Fund today…

It’s #GivingTuesday! How To Make the Most of It.

Giving Tuesday is November 27! Sure, the whole concept is a little gimmicky, but here are some tips to help your favorite nonprofit leverage your donation on this global day of giving…

Community Foundation Grant Will Help More People with Cancer

No one should face cancer alone, and here in the Outer Banks, they don’t have to. A recent grant from the Community Foundation will help our partner nonprofit, Interfaith Community Outreach, help more people in the fight against cancer…

Video Contest 2019

Would your nonprofit like an extra $2000? If you have received any kind of Community Foundation grant since 2014, your nonprofit is eligible to enter our seventh annual video contest…

Join Us for a Grant-Writing Workshop on July 12

Our director, Lorelei Costa, will give an overview of our Community Enrichment Grants Program, and answer questions about our expanded criteria…

Community Foundation Expands Nonprofit Grants Program

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has announced a significant expansion of its flagship grants program. Effective immediately, the Community Foundation will now award Community Enrichment Grants to include nonprofit staff wages…

A Lifetime of “Putting Back”

Jack Adams, one of the founding directors of the Outer Banks Community Foundation, has a history of giving back to the community in which he lives. “I’ve always had the desire to help. It’s something I’ve always believed in,” he said…

2018 Scholarships — A Gift from a Caring Community

The numbers are remarkable. So far in 2018 the Outer Banks Community Foundation has awarded $147,500 in scholarships to 72 local students…

2017 Annual Report Now Available!

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has released its 2017 Annual Report! You may click here for the Annual Report and click here for our Life Members list…

OBCF Welcomes Lauren Mahler as 2018 Milton Jewell Intern

The Community Foundation is delighted to welcome Lauren Mahler this summer as our 2018 Milton Jewell Intern. Lauren has just finished her sophomore year at the College of William and Mary, where she is studying public policy and economics…

Community Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Special Focus Grants

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its annual Special Focus Grants, supporting Animal Welfare, Aviation Education, Health/Wellness, and Opportunities for People with Disabilities…

Community Foundation Announces $66,000 in Grants

In its first meeting of the year, the new board of the Outer Banks Community Foundation awarded over $66,000 to support 15 vital nonprofits. The grants will support a variety of local causes, from cancer support to music lessons for children…

Community Foundation Announces Marketing “Boot Camps” for Nonprofits

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is excited to announce two communications and marketing “boot camps” for local nonprofits: one in Manteo on Thursday, April 5, and a half-day session in Ocracoke on Friday, April 6 (register here)

Community Foundation Elects New Board and Honors 2018 Champion

We announced the winners of our Champion Award and our Nonprofit Video Contest at our annual meeting last month. Two new board members were elected, and two departing board members were honored…

New Scholarships Honor Beloved Parents

The Community Foundation announces two new scholarships — the Jeannette U. McOwen Scholarship, and the Lillian W. Riddick Scholarship for Nurses — that will both honor a beloved parent and help generations of aspiring college students…

Scholarship Application Deadline March 25!

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications online. Students may CLICK HERE to start their application…

Charity and the New Tax Law (Yes, You Can Still Give and Be Smart!)

If you’re anything like me, you’ve just started the tedious task of collecting your paperwork for tax season. And maybe you are wondering, will the new tax bill change that in the future…

A Legacy of Caring

As Bonnie Pfennighaus and Louise Baraw reflect upon their lives, an extraordinary story of giving back, of caring for others emerges. But for the longtime friends, a lifetime of caring is not enough. They want to ensure their legacy will continue…

OBCF Awards $750,000 in 2017 and Opens 19 New Charitable Funds

Ending yet another record-breaking year, the Outer Banks Community Foundation announced over $750,000 in grants and scholarships in 2017 and 19 new permanent endowment funds…

A Family Tradition of Giving

The Inez Daniels Austin Scholarship, one of the largest scholarships for seniors from Hatteras Island, is growing; a surprise bequest from Inez’s late daughter, Josephine Oden, has just been added to the perpetual scholarship fund…

Community Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications for 2018

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications from nonprofits for its Community Enrichment Grants Program. The first deadline of the year is Friday, January 26…

Summer Job Opportunity for Scholarship Recipient

Are you a college student who’s looking to build your résumé, and make some money this summer…

Local Nonprofits Build Forever Funds through the Community Foundation

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…

Mike Kelly Continuing Important Legacy with Community Foundation

Mike Kelly has reflected upon what it has meant to him and his family to be able to give back to the local community…

Community Foundation Expands Grants Criteria, Announces Last Deadline of 2017

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has expanded its grants criteria to include Program Scholarship Grants, as well as to give enhanced focus on established charitable programs…