Former NoVa residents now making Nags Head home establish philanthropic fund at Outer Banks Community Foundation

Former NoVa residents now making Nags Head home establish philanthropic fund at Outer Banks Community Foundation

January 25th, 2023

A new donor-advised fund has been established at the Outer Banks Community Foundation by Nags Head residents Tony and Tracy Jones.

Grants will be awarded from the new Wolfinger-Jones Family Fund for causes the Joneses are passionate about. Tony and Tracy come to the Outer Banks from northern Virginia and are intent on continuing their tradition of philanthropy and volunteerism here.

The Jones family, Tony, Tracy, Alex and Anya, on the Outer Banks in 2005. [submitted photo]

“I have been a visitor to the Outer Banks for 50+ years, and some of my earliest memories are here,” wrote Tracy. “I grew up surf-fishing with my Dad, and I joined the NCBBA in my early 20s to spend more time exploring our beautiful beaches.”

“When Tony and I had our own kids we would come every summer, spending priceless time with our family. So our kids have grown up here, too,” Tracy said.  

“It’s clear to me now how much this area means to me—it has always been a constant in my life and I have so many beautiful memories,” Tracy said. 

“I feel at peace and grounded here. The next logical next step to becoming part of our Outer Banks community is to start giving back to this incredible place that has given us so much joy,” Tracey continued.

“We’re excited to work with Outer Banks Community Foundation to understand the nonprofit community here and learn where our gifts may do the most good. Our goal is to positively improve lives in Dare County and the Outer Banks,” Tracy said.

The new fund’s principal is invested, so that grants will be awarded to support local causes for generations to come. Endowment funds have been created over the years by individuals, families, businesses, nonprofits, civic groups, and government agencies for causes they are passionate about.

All funds give money back to the community in grants or scholarship awards. Funds are created to memorialize loved ones, allow donors to give anonymously, build resources for unmet need areas, and much more.

“I would encourage anyone whose life has been touched in a positive way by the Outer Banks — whether you are a visitor or a full-time resident — to consider giving back through the Outer Banks Community Foundation. Your generosity will have a lasting impact,” Tracy said.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization that inspires philanthropy and connects people who care with causes that matter.

The Community Foundation manages more than 200 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards grants to nonprofits, administers 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 $13 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students.

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