November 27, 2012
Community Foundation honors retiring
executive and welcomes new director
the Outer Banks Community Foundation (OBCF) celebrates its 30th
anniversary during the month of November, the organization announces a
change in leadership.
Founded in 1982 by David Stick, Andy
Griffith, Ray White, Edward Green, George Crocker, Martin Kellogg and
Jack Adams, OBCF has awarded more than $4.5 million in grants and
scholarships to organizations and students across the region.
In December 2012, OBCF’s executive director, Barbara Bingham, will be retiring after nearly 14 years of service.
Hines, President of the OBCF Board of Directors, stated: “Barbara has
been a guiding light for the foundation in the time she has served as
executive director. During her tenure, which represents almost half of
the foundation’s existence, she has worked with multiple boards, fund
holders and community leaders, and she has consistently guided them on
how to maintain the mission of the Outer Banks Community Foundation and
fulfill the vision of its founders. The foundation, our fund holders
and entire community owe Barbara a tremendous thank you for all she has
To honor her many years of service, OBCF presented
Bingham with a $5,000 grant in her name at the organization’s 30th
anniversary celebration, held on Nov. 16 at Jennette’s Pier.
OBCF Board has selected Lorelei Costa, a seasoned non-profit
administrator and philanthropy professional, to fill the position of
OBCF executive director and lead the organization into its fourth
decade of charitable giving and donor and non-profit services.
who earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill and her certificate in non-profit management from Duke
University, is returning to North Carolina after six years of adventure
and non-profit work in Alaska.
During her 13 years of non-profit
experience, she has worked on such diverse projects as the Springer’s
Point Preserve on Ocracoke Island and the Mountain-to-Sea Trail of
She spent five years as director of communications and development for Audubon Alaska.
a volunteer, she’s supported a diversity of organizations, including
performing arts groups, public radio, a women’s health clinic, and a
homeless day shelter.
“It’s such an honor to join the Outer
Banks Community Foundation as the organization celebrates 30 years of
giving,” said Costa. “In the coming months, I will be most eager to
connect with volunteers, donors, community leaders and non-profits
across the Outer Banks to learn more about their passions and needs,
and to set our strategy for growth and continued excellence over the
next 30 years.”
For more information on the foundation go to Outer Banks Community Foundation at www.obcf.org .