Dare Education Foundation

DEF•ining the future.

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Let’s Turn Ideas Into Action.

Established in 2002 by a group of committed community organizers, the Dare Education Foundation is an educational non-profit with the sole purpose of supporting the public school system in Dare County. Our diverse membership offers a unique opportunity for individuals across multiple sectors and industries to come together to support our schools. Members include business leaders, teachers, and passionate community members from across the country. Spurred by a collective sense of urgency and shared responsibility, our members join together in a shared belief that by supporting our schools, we are contributing to a more positive future. We all can make a difference. Join us today.

Your Support Matters.

Thanks to you, Dare County students are experiencing enriched and inspiring opportunities in high quality learning environments across our school system. Your generous support has provided students with innovative ways to learn, enhanced options to explore the passions that motivate them - and ultimately, to be best prepared to succeed in college, careers and life.

Because of your generous giving, Dare Education Foundation has been able to support our students and teachers in Dare County through three main programs:

01. Programming Grants that support education opportunities

All of the teachers in Dare County are invited to apply for our annual programming grants. These grants are intended to provide financial support for innovative classroom projects or initiatives.

02. Funding for Teacher degree advancement and certification endeavors

These funding opportunities directly support advanced educational programs for our teachers that include National Board Certification, Masters Level Certification, and Online Professional Courses.

03. Student scholarships supporting college and career endeavors

Supporting graduating seniors from DCS high schools is an area DEF values greatly. Seniors applications are submitted and considered in the spring, including specific support for students in the AVID program.


Learn More About Us.

We believe that together we can create positive change in our community by supporting our teachers and our students. To that end, our goal is to effectively utilize our community's resources to nurture innovation and continuous improvement in public education. Join us in supporting every student, every teacher and every school in Dare County. Together, we can close the achievement gap and touch the future!

In this video, you will hear about what the Dare Education Foundation has done in Dare County Schools and why your support is so vital to continue this work for our children's futures.


Let’s Partner Together.


Platinum Partner of DEF

Thank you, TowneBank OBX for supporting the Dare Education Foundation as a Platinum Level Partner in the 2019-2020 school year. Because of benevolent local business like you, our mission is able to come to life. #supportourschools #thankyoutownebank


“Education is relationships.”

Booker t. Washington  |  civil rights activist and education reformer