By Sally Steele


Young pelicans on Beacon Island need your help. Photo: Sam Bland

Young pelicans on Beacon Island need your help. Photo: Sam Bland

Young pelicans on Beacon Island need your help. Photo: Sam Bland

We have Black Friday and Cyber Monday – and now there’s #GivingTuesday.  It’s a neat idea – a global day for giving back. Yesterday, people around the world were asked to focus on celebrating giving and giving back to nonprofits.

There are more than 58,000 nonprofits registered in North Carolina alone. These groups provide valuable services to the public – from feeding the homeless to cleaning up the environment to providing assistance to seniors. Their role is critical to filling the gap left by budget cuts and a growing need for services.

#GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street YMCA in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Together, with a team of influencers and founding partners, they launched a movement that has engaged over 18,000 organizations worldwide in this year’s promotion. Hopefully, by bringing attention to these groups and their work there will be increased visibility and support.

The N.C. Coastal Federation is one of these 18,000 participating organizations. In addition to believing that what we do is important to North Carolina, we applaud the work of our community and state partners.

We encourage readers to consider supporting their favorite organizations during this season of giving.  We hope the federation is on your list. If so, you might like to know that we can use your help funding the master restoration plan for the brown pelicans on Beacon Island – the project described in an article on Coastal Review Online.

You may have read that Beacon Island is one of only nine remaining nesting sites in the state. But storms, climate change and sea-level rise are taking their toll on the island’s shoreline, and erosion is quickly approaching the nesting area. Without help, the pelican’s habitat will disappear in a matter of years. 

Working with other environmental groups, local tour boat operators and commercial fishermen, the federation has tested some small shoreline stabilization methods on Beacon Island. We now know the most effective ways to protect the island, and we want to expand on this work.

With your help, we will build a series of living shorelines along the island’s shore to protect the nesting area from further erosion, restore salt marsh and the habitat it provides. The master plan will prioritize the best sites and methods. Together we will make Beacon Island more adaptable to sea-level rise, climate change and more capable of weathering storms.

Giving is simple. Just click and give at a level that makes you feel good. Please designate your gift to “restoration.”   Thank you — and happy #GivingTuesday.