December 7, 2017


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.


The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a public charity that connects people who care with causes that matter. The Community Foundation manages $17 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. The Community Foundation provides tailored services to help donors pursue their charitable interests. For more information, go to or call 252-261-8839.





August 10, 2017


Outer Banks Hospital Awards $125,000 in Grants to Local Agencies


The Outer Banks Hospital is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017-2018 Community Benefit Grant Program. Grants are awarded for projects that will significantly increase access to healthcare in our community for nearly 2,500 individuals in need. The grants listed below equal $125,000 in support of local organizations that will provide services to meet a variety of community needs this coming year.


Community Care Clinic of Dare – Medical care for uninsured/low income patients

Dare County Health Department – Prenatal ultrasounds and Breast Cancer diagnostics

Dare County Transportation – Transportation of patients to medical care appointments

Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation – Medical assistance for Hatteras Island cancer patients

Hyde County Non-Profit Private Transportation Corporation – Transportation of patients to medical care appointments on the Outer Banks

Interfaith Community Outreach – Medical assistance and crisis intervention

NC MedAssist – Free pharmacy services shipped directly to patients’ homes


Funds are generously provided by the Vidant Health, with support from Chesapeake Regional Healthcare and The Outer Banks Hospital’s Development Council. Since 2006, The Outer Banks Hospital has granted $1,319,840 to organizations, of which over $1 million of the funding has come from the Vidant Health.


The Outer Banks Hospital, located in Nags Head, North Carolina, offers a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services. A joint venture between Vidant Health and Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, the hospital opened in March 2002. The hospital’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for the residents and visitors of Dare County and the surrounding region by promoting wellness and providing the highest quality health care services. For more information, visit


Pictured Above (L-R): Jennifer Schwartzenberg, Director of Community Outreach & Development, The Outer Banks Hospital; Karen Brown, Chair, Community Benefit Grants Committee; Kristin Young, NC MedAssist; Don Cabana, Dare County Transportation; Wendi Munden, Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation; Beverly Paul, Hyde County Non-Profit Private Transportation Corporation; Rick Gray, Community Care Clinic of Dare; Debbie Dutton, Dare County Health Department; Jean Freeman, Interfaith Community Outreach; Jenniffer Albanese, Interfaith Community Outreach; Kahla Hall, Vidant Health Foundation; Tess Judge, Outer Banks Hospital Board Member and Chair, The Outer Banks Hospital Development Council.







November 30, 2016


Capital City Four Wheelers contribute to Cancer Foundation



For years you’ve seen their signs, “Capital City Four Wheelers Sponsor,” up and down Hatteras Island adorning the doors of many businesses.  This year, this family-oriented four-wheel-drive club in the Richmond, Va., metro area held its 31st Annual Surf Fishing Tournament on Oct. 15 and 16.  Both the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation and the Hatteras Island Disaster Relief, via the Hatteras Ladies Fire Auxiliary, were beneficiaries of the funds raised during their tournament.


This year’s donation of $1,785 to HICF was made in memory of Susie Coates, one of their recently deceased members who succumbed to cancer earlier this year.  Susie was impressed with our efforts to help those battling cancer on the island and had requested that donations be made to HICF upon her passing.  Back in August, checks came in memory of Susie from her family, friends and CCFW.


CCFW has been donating to HICF for many years now.  It is clear when you look at the Facebook page, the members all love Hatteras Island and the people who live here.  It was Oct. 9 that Hatteras Island was hit by Hurricane Matthew, just six days before the tournament start.  Their primary concern was about the people on Hatteras Island, which is clear from their Facebook post, “The residents, businesses, and property owners of the OBX are concerned about getting their lives and livelihood back in order.  Priority ONE!  Our tournament, while important to many of us who have been awaiting it, is secondary to that.  CCFW will try to balance their needs with the reality of bringing hundreds of people down to an Island under great duress.”


Thankfully, for everyone involved, the tournament happened.  CCFW had more than 500 fishermen and women compete in their tournament.  The club is already planning for its tournament next year, which will be on Oct. 21 and 22.


The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation and ultimately those on the Island battling cancer sincerely appreciate CCFW’s continued support.


To learn more, please visit the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation website at  and the Capital City Four Wheelers at






July 26, 2016


HICF Receives Grant from Outer Banks Hospital


July 25, 2016 - The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Outer Banks Hospital Development Council’s Community Benefit Grant fund.  This grant will allow HICF to continue to provide financial assistance for non-insurance covered medical and pharmaceutical bills and travel expenses for cancer patients living on Hatteras Island.


HICF, an all-volunteer non-profit organization, was founded in 2000 and has assisted over 150 islanders battling cancer with grants in excess of $700,000. For more information on HICF or to make a donation, visit


(Photo caption: HICF board member, Laura Ertle with Amy Montgomery, senior administrator of operations, Outer Banks Hospital and Tim Cafferty, owner and president, Outer Banks Blue Realty Services)






February 16, 2016 (Reprinted from the Island Free Press)


Cancer Foundation gives nearly $700,000 to cancer patients


Over the past 15 years, the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation (HICF) has given almost $700,000 to Hatteras Island residents who are battling cancer.  The all-volunteer non-profit organization provides support for cancer patients and their families who live on Hatteras Island.


Founded in December 2000, the group’s primary goal is to raise funds to offer financial support for patients to help them pay for medical costs not reimbursed by insurance and to pay for travel expenses for themselves and their care givers to medical centers for cancer treatment. As of Dec. 31, 2015, the HICF has assisted 147 island cancer patients and their families with grants in excess of $688,000.


In addition to financial assistance, HICF also provides community outreach through monthly support group meetings with educational and informational guest speakers. These meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at the Our Lady of the Seas Recreational Hall in Buxton.


HICF’s funding comes from donations, fundraising, and grants.  Throughout the year, the organization holds several fundraisers including the Big Rock Cookout in June, the Chowder Cook-off in September, the Fun Run in October and the Spring Dance in April.  This year’s dance, themed "'80s Explosion”, will be on April 16 at the Hatteras Marlin Club.


For more information, or to make a donation, visit





December 14, 2015


Capital Cities Four Wheelers contribute to Hatteras non-profits



The Capital Cities Four Wheelers, based in Virginia, sponsors a surf-fishing tournament on Hatteras Island on the third weekend in October of each year.  The proceeds from donations and raffles benefit many Hatteras Island non-profit organizations.


This year, the proceeds from the "charity raffle," which totaled $3,450, were donated to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation. In that raffle were a Century rod, donated by Ryan White of Hatteras Jack in Rodanthe, and a reel, donated by Truth Fishing Reels.


The club decided that donations would also be made to the Fessenden Center, Hatteras Village Medical Center, Hatteras Island Meals (Meals on Wheels), and Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men (food pantry).  Total donations made from the 2015 Tournament were $6,000.


The club also voted an additional $1,200 in donations to charities in and around the Richmond, Va., area.


"Thanks to all who participated in the 30th annual tournament," the Four Wheelers say.  "It was a great success."





















August 10, 2015


CHEC donation to cancer foundation helps local families


In June, the Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative presented the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation with a donation of $1,000, which was matched with an additional $1,000 from CoBank, a national cooperative bank that serves rural areas.


This donation was made possible through CoBank’s “Sharing Success” charitable contribution program, which celebrates the vital role that cooperatives play in individual communities across the country.  HICF is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that provides support for cancer patients and their families who live on Hatteras Island.


The grant will help fund the support of cancer patients and help to pay for medical expenses not reimbursed by insurance.  It will help pay for travel expenses for patients and their caregivers to medical centers for cancer treatments.  In addition to financial assistance, HICF also provides community outreach through monthly support group meetings with educational and informational guest speakers.


"Concern for community is a longstanding cooperative principle," CHEC said in a statement.  "CHEC is happy to join CoBank in support of such a worthy cause, as the cooperative works to provide value to members and support to the communities on Hatteras Island.






Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation

Post Office Box 442

Hatteras, NC 27943


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