Outer Banks philanthropist establishes endowments for scholarships, worker housing support

Outer Banks philanthropist establishes endowments for scholarships, worker housing support

June 8th, 2022

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is pleased to announce two new endowed funds to support Outer Banks students and workers have been established by Nags Head realtor and philanthropist Karen DelVacchio.

As with all endowed funds created at the Community Foundation, the Cookie Jar for Good Deeds Fund and the Helping Hand Cookie Jar Scholarship Fund are structured to be permanent sources of support, providing grants and scholarships in starting in 2023 and continuing for generations to come.

The new Cookie Jar for Good Deeds Fund is a Field of Interest fund that will award grants to nonprofit organizations that provide financial or housing support to individuals, with a preference for supporting employed individuals needing extra financial help for rent or mortgage payments.

The Helping Hand Cookie Jar Scholarship Fund will provide need-based scholarships to non-traditional students who are pursuing an education after one or more years in the workforce, post high school graduation.

Not everyone knows what they will do right out of high school, or even after some college,” said Karen. “I created these funds for adults who want another shot at a career choice and because, due to our chronic worker housing shortage, businesses and workers are really struggling on our beaches.”

We are thrilled that the two new funds Karen has established for the entire Outer Banks will address unmet needs in innovative ways,” said Community Foundation President and CEO Chris Sawin.

Endowment funds have been created over the years by individuals, families, businesses, nonprofits, civic groups, and government agencies for causes they are passionate about. Funds can be created to memorialize loved ones, support a favorite issue or charity, provide scholarships, and more. The first step is to visit https://obcf.org/giving/create-a-fund/or call the Community Foundation at 252-261-8839. The Community Foundation holds more than 200 endowed funds for the Outer Banks; anyone can donate to any of these existing funds online at www.obcf.org/donate.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization that connects people who care with causes that matter. Based in a historic flat top cottage in Southern Shores, the Community Foundation manages $25 million across more than 200 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards grants to nonprofits, manages more than 60 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 $12 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students.

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