You Can Keep Our Coast Healthy and Beautiful

You can help keep the North Carolina coast a great place to live, work and play. Your support:

  • Ensures clean, safe and accessible coastal waters for boating, swimming and fishing;
  • Strengthens the coastal economy while protecting and restoring the ecosystem;
  • Inspires community action to protect the coast for future generations.

Explore the many ways to give below, from memberships to donations to a coastal license plate. If you prefer, you may simply download this form and mail it with your check made out to North Carolina Coastal Federation at 3609 N.C. 24 Newport, NC 28570. Please call us with any questions at 252-393-8185. Thank you.

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Adopt an Oyster

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While you enjoy some great membership benefits, we put your dollars to work protecting and restoring our coast. Please consider an automatic renewal of any amount—simply choose the frequency you prefer next to “recurring” on the form. Memberships run for a full 12 months and help us put educators, scientists and advocates in communities working with people like you.

Join Our Coastal Society

The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Coastal Society members shape the future of our magnificent coast while engaging with the federation in unique ways. These leadership donations provide the essential foundation for our work and serve as leverage for competitive grants.

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Give a Gift Membership!

Give the gift of coastal stewardship, and leave the rest to us. When you give a gift membership, you connect people who are passionate about the coast. Gift memberships include all membership benefits and run for 12 months. Choose from two gift items.


Make a Donation

Your tax-deductible donation provides the vital support needed to keep our coast healthy and beautiful, helps people experience the coast first-hand and educates decision-makers about coastal issues. You can make a one-time gift or set up ongoing monthly donations.


Become a Business Member

Your business can help support a healthy coast. Business members enjoy special benefits tailored toward businesses to showcase their support of the coast.

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Sponsor an Event or Program

You can help a child go to summer camp, provide unique learning opportunities in local communities, or help underwrite an event to raise funds for our education and restoration work. Sponsorship opportunities are available coast-wide and are open to businesses as well as individuals.

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Get a License Plate

Hit the road with the federation’s “Protect Our Coast” specialty license plate. The federation receives $20 per plate, and funds support our protection, restoration and education projects. Plates can be purchased for cars, trailers and trucks and can be renewed with your normal registration.

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Leave a Legacy

Including the federation in your will or estate plans is a simple way to support our work in the future. Please let us know of your intentions so we can recognize you in our Pelican Circle. Large or small, your gift ensures a healthy coast for the next generation.

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Other Ways to Give

There are lots of ways to give to the federation, and these gifts are greatly appreciated (and tax deductible)! You can support the coast with: Gifts of Stock, Distributions from your IRA, Gifts in-Kind (tangible goods such as furniture), Matching Gifts through your employer, Amazon Smile and more.

Your Gifts are Used Efficiently

You can feel good about your donation at work. The federation has received the highest rating from Charity Navigator for five consecutive years, an achievement only 10% of American charities attain. We invite you to review our annual reports, audits, 990 tax forms and Gift Acceptance Policy.