Outer Banks Forever receives new capacity building grant from National Park Foundation

Published 3:22 pm Saturday, January 30, 2021

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Outer Banks Forever, the local nonprofit partner of the Outer Banks national parks — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site — has announced it has been selected as one of 36 national park partner organizations to receive a Strong Parks, Strong Communities capacity building grant from the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service.

The Strong Parks, Strong Communities capacity building grant program helps address nonprofit park partner needs that have come to the forefront amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants will enable park partners across the country to expand their impact through work that includes new technology, website redesigns, creative visitor engagement, strategic plan development, fundraising campaigns, professional development and more.

“This support from the National Park Foundation will allow us to grow our impact in our OBX national parks and reach new audiences with the important stories our parks protect,” says Jessica Barnes Green, Executive Director of Outer Banks Forever. “That heightened awareness will strengthen our ability to assist our OBX national parks in their outreach efforts, explore new partnerships in the community and with other National Park Service units around the country, and raise more funds to support important projects and programs that provide our parks with the margin of excellence locals and visitors have come to expect.”

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Strong Parks, Strong Communities is a collective effort to grow national park philanthropy, which consists of approximately 450 philanthropic organizations across the country. Working together on this initiative, the National Park Foundation, National Park Service and Friends Alliance enhance local philanthropic organizations, bringing park philanthropy to an elevated level.

“The National Park Foundation is committed to increasing national park philanthropy across the board, and being responsive to current needs,” says LaTresse Snead, chief program officer for the National Park Foundation. “The capacity building grants help advance park partners’ goals to preserve natural and cultural resources, increase access to public lands for all people and develop innovative programming.”

The Strong Parks, Strong Communities capacity building grant program is made possible by the National Park Foundation Board of Directors.