The Ocracoke Foundation (OFI) is a grass roots 501(c)(3) created in 2006. Our approach is holistic – by undertaking efforts that benefit the “whole”, we pave the way towards a sustainable Ocracoke. Environmental stewardship, historic preservation, responsible economic development and education are our focus points. The Foundation may undertake direct projects or assist local organizations and individuals provided the work falls under our mission guidelines. Assistance is available through direct funding, fiscal sponsorship or technical assistance.
Island Communities are unique, and an endangered species. What draws people to live on and visit these special places?
Some say they are drawn to the sense of community, the slower pace, the beauty of the natural environment, tradition, or the collection of unique personalities. Whatever the attraction, communities like this are an essential part of American culture, and must be preserved.
Our Mission is community revitalization through the responsible promotion and use of Ocracoke’s assets, whereby the needs of the community – educational, economic, social, and infrastructure – are supported through direct funding, fiscal sponsorship or technical assistance.
OFI has an active Board of Directors, all are volunteers. Meetings are held at least monthly. Directors who are asked to serve are chosen based on the following criteria:
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2018
Scott Bradley, President
Rudy Austin, Vice President
Al Scarbourough, Secretary
Ellen Gaskill, Treasurer
Gene Ballance, Director
Claire Senseney, Director
Grants & Restoration Coordinator: Robin Payne
P.O. Box 1689 Ocracoke, NC 27960-1689
278 Irvin Garrish Highway
Ocracoke, NC 27960
Inside the Ocracoke Working Watermen's Exhibit on the docks at The Community Square