​Scott Bradley, President

Rudy Austin, Vice President

Al Scarbourough, Secretary

Ellen Gaskill, Treasurer

Gene Ballance, Director

Claire Senseney, Director


Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1689, Ocracoke, NC 27960-1689

Street Address:

284 Irvin Garrish Highway

​Ocracoke, NC 27960

In the Williams House - 0n the docks

at The Community Square


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.


  • Provide resources and assistance to improve civic engagement, communication amongst residents and between community organizations.
  • Initiate and continue developing projects that are sustainable, have positive environmental impact, provide dedicated revenue streams for community needs and/or job creation
  • Provide funding and support to Ocracoke’s existing organizations so they can better achieve their goals.

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:

  • Understanding that the needs of the year-round community are primary
  • An ability to see the bigger economic, cultural and environmental picture without prejudice
  • Understanding of the history and heritage of the island
  • Ability to assist with a particular project, fundraising or administrative needs
  • Maintaining a positive outlook with regard to Ocracoke’s potential
  • Either a full time resident or someone who has history with the island and its community