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OUTER BANKS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION INC

Connecting people who care with causes that matter.

Manteo, NC   |  www.obcf.org

Mission

The Outer Banks Community Foundation was organized in 1982 as a public charity to help meet local needs in Dare County and all of the Outer Banks communities from Corolla to Ocracoke Island. The Foundation accomplishes its mission by increasing charitable giving in the area, managing charitable funds for individuals and agencies, and by targeting grants toward the community’s most pressing needs and promising opportunities.

Ruling year info

1983

President and CEO

Mr. Christopher Sawin

Main address

P.O. Box 2299

Manteo, NC 27954 USA

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EIN

58-1516313

NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Community Foundation is the only funding source that reaches all community service organizations on the Outer Banks, in the arts, education, health and human services, historic preservation, and the environment. We have regular grant cycles and competitive applications process. The Community Foundation also has a robust college scholarship program, and 60 scholarship funds. The Community Foundation is a catalyst, helping the nonprofit sector evolve to take on new challenges and opportunities as they arise. The Community Foundation’s permanent endowments are a resource for future generations to meet the challenges of their times.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Nonprofit Workshops

The Outer Banks Community Foundation offers workshops for nonprofits within the geographical area served by the Foundation.  Past topics have been board development, accounting, communications, and fundraising.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Foundations Accredited

Council on Foundation 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of endowments

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Grants also include scholarships

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Grants also include student scholarships.

Number of Scholarship funds

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Community Foundation accomplishes its mission by increasing charitable giving locally, by managing charitable funds for individuals and agencies, and by targeting grants toward the community’s most pressing needs and promising opportunities.

Augment the community impact of our grant, scholarship and nonprofit programs.
- Award the best possible grants to support the most exciting and urgent charitable projects that best meet our community's needs.
- Build the capacity of the Outer Banks' nonprofit sector.
- Strengthen the scholarship program to meet community needs and fulfill donor wishes.
- Manage Disaster Relief Funds for the Outer Banks, in partnership with local agencies, with a focus on raising and stewarding donations.
Enhance organizational effectiveness by managing our business to the highest possible standards.
Build the Outer Banks’ endowment to meet our community’s future charitable needs.

The Community Foundation board of directors has adopted a strategic plan, with established goals, objectives and tasks, to ensure that a focused approach to achieving goals is in place. The plan is reviewed at every board meeting. Committees and staff understand and act upon their areas of responsibility within the plan. Strategic plan actionable items are reported out to the group by the responsible individual(s) or committee member(s). The Community Foundation's strategic plan will be updated in 2022.

The Community Foundation has achieved steady, managed growth in its fundraising, funds stewardship, and funds disbursement through grants, scholarship and disaster relief programs.

The Board of Directors approved the hire of Chris Sawin to be the Outer Banks Community Foundation's President and CEO, with a start date of August 1, 2021.

The board held a planning retreat in November, 2021. A new strategic plan is being developed; goal is to have this plan be finalized in 2Q2022.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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OUTER BANKS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 02/21/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jean-Louise Dixon

Dixon & Dixon Law Offices

Term: 2023 - 2024

Patrick Regan

Jean-Louise Dixon

Dixon & Dixon

Lynda Hester

Jason Waughtel

Southern Bank

Noel Preston

David Clawson

Dare County Gov't.

Betty Selby

Ruth Toth

Claudia Neal

Dare County Gov't.

Ray Meiggs

Twiddy & Co.

Dave Shufflebarger

Alexander Haas

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/21/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/13/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.