New funds at Outer Banks Community Foundation will meet local needs

Herman is a feral kitten adopted by Scout Schillings of Wanchese. Scout and Herman have been helped by Feline Hope, an all-volunteer community organization that provides spay, neuter, and medical assistance to enable owners to keep their pets. The new Helping People Help Animals Fund was created to support groups like Feline Hope. [submitted photo]

People across our Outer Banks have stepped forward to address evolving local needs in new ways, by creating endowments that will support communities here for generations to come. Funds created in 2021 will start to award grants to nonprofits in 2022.

An anonymous donor recently created the Helping People Help Animals Fund, an endowed, field of interest fund, to “provide grants to charitable organizations, with preference given to those organizations staffed entirely (or nearly entirely) by volunteers; to protect, rehabilitate, and care for all animals, both domestic and wild.”

This generous donor expressed an “admiration for all those who volunteer to help animals, and this fund is to help those who do the work and participate in the efforts” that support agencies’ missions.

The Bob Parker Memorial Fund has been established by Bob’s wife, Rhonda Tillett. Bob was a U.S. Army vet and a general contractor who loved being outdoors, hunting and fishing, and sharing his interests with others, especially children. He volunteered at Special Olympics, and those athletes held a special place in his heart.

The Bob Parker Memorial Fund is an endowed, field of interest fund that will be used to award grants to “organizations that help individuals with special needs, with preference given to Special Olympics and other programs that serve children with disabilities.”

The Hanft McDevitt Family Scholarship Fund was recently established by Roland McDevitt and Barbara Hanft for Dare County students graduating with an associate degree from College of The Albemarle, with a desire to continue their higher education and a goal of obtaining a bachelor’s degree from a college or university.

The donors recognize that a four-year degree is foundational for success in many professions.

Scholarships will be awarded from this fund for further schooling in a variety of fields, including education, political science, and rehabilitation, as well as the literary, performing and visual arts.

A local couple has established a new fund to help fight food insecurity and isolation on Hatteras Island. The Nourishing Hatteras Island Fund is an endowed, donor-advised fund, created “to support Hatteras Island Meals and other health and wellness programs on Hatteras Island.”

The fund’s creators, who wish to remain anonymous, also have left gifts in their wills for this fund, which will only increase its charitable support in future years.

An anonymous donor has created a new testamentary, endowed, designated fund that will one day benefit the Community Care Clinic of Dare.

The Community Care Clinic of Dare, based in Nags Head, provides basic medical services to our region’s marginalized residents, including many of our area’s working poor. More than 250 of the clinic’s clients are non-English speaking Dare County residents.

“We celebrate each new fund that is established at our Community Foundation as a resource for our time, and for future generations of Outer Bankers,” said Community Foundation President and CEO Chris Sawin. “Each new fund established means that more awareness will be raised about ever-evolving local needs, and that more of these needs will be met.”