2019 Annual Report

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Dear Friends, It is deeply gratifying to present this particular Annual Report to you. By any measure, 2019 has been an extraordinary example of NCOBS’ commitment to service. Woven into the fabric of our School, service is a multi-dimensional, working ethos that assumes one central truth—NCOBS’ life-affirming programs are more important and more relevant today than ever before. In this report, we celebrate the milestones of the past year and honor the leaders upon whose indelible legacy we will continue to grow our outreach.

Ex-Officio Jim Belikove William Brown Bruce Nofsinger Chadwick Savage Leigh Schell Rosa Verdeja Lifetime Directors Arthur M. Blank Marjorie B. Buckley Nelson Schwab III Scott B. Perper Honorary Directors John C. Huie Dan Meyer

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Charlie Baker Amos Beason Mitchell Breit Ann Brock Susan R. Buckley John Buford R. Gordon Caudle Clay Collins Dan Crocker Robert F. Dalton Rufus Dalton Nadra Franklin Matthew Gould William T. Hobbs II Sonji Jacobs Thomas James Scott Landis Kenneth E. Lawson Jan Letendre Henry McHenry, Jr. Andrew Tyler Mink Marty O’Keefe Scott Puritz Megg Rader Jose Ruiz L. Kent Satterfield Richard K. Schell Robert M. Schwartzberg Ben Smeal Noah Tennant Nathaniel G. Vish Patricia B. Wilson

Leading by example, NCOBS’ founder, Marjorie Buckley, implanted service as a driving force so integral to our fiber that it transcends the notion of “required.” We simply serve and we teach others to do the same. We embrace this creed and with utter conviction that our programs make a difference, we serve where there is the greatest need. This past year, 5,494 military veterans, public and private school partners, corporate teams, innerS city youth groups, higher education NT partners, struggling youth, and open 30,198 S enrollment youth and adults participated in our programs. I am most proud, however, that for this extraordinary number of students, we awarded a record number of scholarships to 61% of our students so they could attend their courses— that’s a 6% increase in scholarship support from 2018.

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R. Mitchell Wickham Board Chair

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Outward Bound’s founder, Kurt Hahn, dreamed of creating an “Aristocracy of School-Based Programs Service” to honor those who serve. Specialized Programs To reach such milestones in 2019, we Public Programs depended upon the generosity of our “Aristocrats” so that we, in turn, could serve. To our incredibly dedicated board of directors, our kindred donors, our deeply skilled and tenacious staff, our team of compassionate and highly trained instructors who foster hope and change for students from all backgrounds— thank you. We dedicate this Annual Report to you. As a core element of our experiential curriculum, service teaches our students not only compassion, but the power and the responsibility of the individual to make a difference. In 2019, our students performed community service for national parks and forests, nonprofit organizations, schools and municipalities. According to research studies, NCOBS students return to their communities reporting a newfound commitment to serve. Many of our students and former staff have become highly impactful nonprofit leaders who credit their service ethic to their NCOBS experience. This gives us hope! We hunger, in this challenging time, for positive change. We draw hope from the ability of our programs to foster the best of the human spirit. With you, we strive to build positive momentum on a scale we only dreamed of in years past. Thank you for supporting our work so that together, we may leverage a better world, a student at a time. With gratitude for your service,


“My course has taught me the value of service and the necessity of compassion. Like many other students, I’ve always wanted to change the world for the better, but now that goal is cemented in my being.” Noah, UNC-Chapel Hill Course Alum


WE SERVE WHERE THERE IS NEED We have adapted our programs countless times to meet the needs of diverse populations. Through this journey of service we confirm, in each program adaptation, the profound ability and the universal relevance of the Outward Bound experience to foster the best of the human spirit. American Explorers is an extraordinary example of how NCOBS engages in partnerships to serve where there is need and to maximize its positive impact. American Explorers is a comprehensive leadership development program giving youth from Atlanta’s Historic Westside community pathways to leadership. Students receive full scholarships to participate in a four-year program that includes NCOBS day and wilderness experiences, academic achievement, college and career readiness activities, social justice, advocacy, community service projects and experiences, and health and wellness activities. IN CREATING THE AMERICAN EXPLORERS PROGRAM, MY FAMILY AND OUR FOUNDATION HAD ONE GOAL: TO DEVELOP SELF-RELIANT YOUNG ADULTS WHO WILL SERVE THEIR SCHOOLS, THEIR COMMUNITIES AND THEIR COUNTRY AS ETHICAL, COMPASSIONATE LEADERS. WE BELIEVE OUTWARD BOUND HAS A LONG HISTORY OF SUCCESS IN THAT MISSION, AND WE WANT TO PROVIDE THIS TRANSFORMATIONAL EXPERIENCE TO YOUNG PEOPLE FOR WHOM IT WOULD OTHERWISE BE OUT OF REACH.”

ARTHUR M. BLANK, CHAIRMAN, THE ARTHUR M. BLANK FAMILY FOUNDATION

“I HAVE BEEN ON THREE TRIPS WITH AMERICAN EXPLORERS AND OUTWARD BOUND. I HAVE MET PEOPLE I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD IN A MILLION YEARS. I HAVE DONE THINGS THAT I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD LIKE HIKING, ROCK CLIMBING, WHITEWATER RAFTING AND COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS. THE PROGRAMS HAVE MADE ME A STRONGER PERSON, PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY, AND SOCIALLY. THIS PROGRAM SHOWED ME LEADERSHIP SKILLS. I HAVE COME BACK TO BE A MENTOR AND WILL DO IT IN THE NEAR FUTURE.” ZAHARA-LONDON S.,

AMERICAN EXPLORERS COURSE ALUM


ENDOWMENTS American Veterans Endowment Ann R. Baruch Endowment for Philadelphia Scholarships Belikove/Piala Family Scholarship Endowment Blank Enhancement Endowment Richard K. Bowles Jr. Memorial Endowment R. E. F. Buckley Endowment Burke County/Phifer/Haworth Endowment Kevin Chynoweth Memorial Endowment Annetta J. and Robert M. Coffelt Jr. Endowment Rhea Elliott Cooper Scholarship Endowment Dalton Endowment Rufus M. Dalton Scholarship Endowment Ecology Wildlife Foundation Scholarship Fund Field Staff Support Fund James M. Galbraith Memorial Endowment GlaxoSmithKline Endowment Gray Wolf Scholarship for Western North Carolina Jeanette W. Hyde Scholarship Endowment Mark E. Headen Endowment W. R. Hearst Endowment John C. Huie Educator’s Endowment Thomas James Educational Endowment Andrew Jitkoff Memorial Endowment Elizabeth (Libby) Jones Memorial Endowment Hugh Jones Jr. Family Endowment Ben Lenett Scholarship Endowment Leydic Endowment Travis Lizotte Endowment Louis McGuinn Memorial Endowment Baxter H. Miller Memorial Endowment Royce Ratcliff Memorial Endowment Ellie Raynolds Memorial Endowment Reader’s Digest III Endowment Gray Schell Endowment Schwab Endowment Ginger Simms Leadership Fund Marshall Siler Endowment Schwartzberg Endowment Stetson Endowment Sulzberger Endowment Unity Endowment John Webster Four Pillars Endowment Virginia Worden Expeditionary Learning Endowment Zeke Zeliff Endowment for Leadership through Service

SCHOLARSHIP & OPERATING FUNDS David and Valerie Adams Scholarship Fund Charlotte Unity Fund Ryan Glass Memorial Scholarship Fund Stephen Hicks Scholarship Fund New York City Scholarship Fund The Jacob Peach Memorial Fund Jubilee Scholarship Fund Washington, D.C. Scholarship Fund Western North Carolina Scholarship Fund

STUDENTS WITH SCHOLARSHIPS

The importance of supporting people to discover their strengths and their capacity for leadership and collaborative problem-solving has never been greater. Our scholarship support to make this experience possible for students from all backgrounds is at a record high.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

SCHOOL-BASED PROGRAMS

SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS

STUDENTS WITH SCHOLARSHIPS

NCOBS PIONEER BEQUEATHS SCHOLARSHIPS Standing beside the beautifully tiled compass rose at NCOBS’ Arthur M. Blank Headquarters, it’s hard to believe and important to remember that the School’s first headquarters was a humble brown trailer at the Table Rock base camp dubbed “the executive suite.” The early staff were memorable individuals who were iconic in the degree to which they embodied the spirit and the values of Outward Bound. Nina Forbes, NCOBS’ first “secretary,” was one such person. She led by example and through her actions, inspired others to serve. Nina passed away in 2018 and quite unexpectedly, left a very generous gift to NCOBS for unrestricted scholarships. With deepest gratitude for her rich legacy, we share a full tribute and colorful stories from her earliest NCOBS colleagues at: https://bit.ly/2pCi5us.


YOU SERVE WITH US In 1997, Rufus Dalton—an NCOBS board member since 1967—acted upon his long-brewing dream of providing Outward Bound’s life-changing programs for more Charlotte youth. Rufus knew NCOBS needed the support of the local philanthropic community to reach as many students as possible and for that, he would need to demonstrate Outward Bound’s value to the community. For the first two years, Rufus served with Habitat for Humanity in one of the city’s low-income neighborhoods. It was there that he supported two crews of local students not only to attend an NCOBS course, but also to receive follow-up back at their school, ensuring the lessons they learned from Outward Bound were reinforced. Results were positive so Rufus began to assemble a Charlotte Advisory Board and asked Jean Sullivan, NCOBS alumna and local community leader, to join in as the first Charlotte Area Coordinator. Jean secured a three-year grant from the Foundation for the Carolinas for Charlotte-Mecklenburg high school students to participate in what NCOBS had begun to call its Unity Project. Dave Genova—beloved NCOBS staff member and a beacon for justice and compassionate service—had recently designed the Unity Project to address issues of tolerance and compassion among youth. Twenty-two years and more than 800 alumni later, the Charlotte Unity Project is a thriving example of the positive change that can come of extraordinary servant leadership.

RUFUS PLAYS A HUGE ROLE IN THE CHARLOTTE COMMUNITY. HE KNOWS THAT THE NEED FOR OUTWARD BOUND IS CRITICAL FOR YOUTH. HE KNOWS MANY PEOPLE MAY NEVER HAVE THIS EXPERIENCE IN THEIR LIFE. RUFUS USES HIS PRIVILEGE TO BE ABLE TO HELP THE COMMUNITY.”

ALEXYS J. TAYLOR

NCOBS CHARLOTTE ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

“THE UNITY COURSE PUTS STUDENTS IN A VULNERABLE PLACE WHERE THEY CAN STRUGGLE TOGETHER, BE COURAGEOUS TOGETHER AND BE COMPASSIONATE TOWARDS ONE ANOTHER. IN THE PUREST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL WAY, WE LEARN ABOUT THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WHO MAY HAVE PREVIOUSLY BEEN INSIGNIFICANT TO US. IN DOING THIS, OUR COMPASSION TOWARDS OTHERS IS INCREASED EXPONENTIALLY. WE BECOME PERMANENTLY CONNECTED TO OTHER CULTURES, AGES, RACES, AND LIVES. THIS EXPERIENCE ALLOWS US TO JUMP OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONES TO LEAD AND TEACH OURSELVES AND OTHERS THE IMPORTANCE AND SIGNIFICANCE OF EVERY ASPECT OF EVERY LIFE.” KLAUS UNITY PROJECT ALUM


Unity alumna Alexys J. Taylor’s own story embodies Advisory Board decided to gift one local student with Rufus’ dream at work. Charlotte Advisory Board an NCOBS expedition in his honor. Word spread, and member Jay Ahuja recounts Alexys’ NCOBS journey: an overwhelming number of supporters who admire “I first met Alexys in Pisgah National Forest in 2008 Rufus wanted to participate. This generosity led to the while she was on her Unity course. I was a brandcreation of the Rufus M. Dalton Leadership Scholarship, new Charlotte Advisory Board which now sends up to eight CMS member and it was clear the students annually on 22-day experience had struck a chord wilderness courses.” with her. She was among a diverse group of 48 CharlotteIn 2017, as board liaison for the Dalton Mecklenburg School (CMS) Scholars Program, Alexys suggested students who had earned full supporting the scholarship recipients scholarships to participate in with mentors to guide them after our Unity Project—a seven-day their NCOBS course. wilderness course where Not only was she the first to serve students build a strong as a mentor, Alexys steered one of community to examine the her first mentees, Danajah—a Unity social justice and diversity Rufus Dalton and Charlotte Unity Students Project participant from West issues affecting their lives so Charlotte High School—through they may return home to initiate homelessness and the trials of profound generational meaningful social change through communitypoverty not only to finish high school but to attend a building.” university. Alexys’ and Danajah’s stories represent the dream of Charlotte’s Unity Project—to build “Unity provides an opportunity for students generations of servant leaders who will pay the of CMS to have real conversations about the experience forward to those in need. justices and injustices that are happening globally and locally. It also provides a safe space to discuss ways in which all students can be aware about the conscious and unconscious biases that are experienced in a high school setting and how to bring about change in their school. Unity builds a bridge for students from a variety of backgrounds to learn about each other and have healthy debates all the while being in an often unfamiliar and sometimes vulnerable setting—the Pisgah National Forest. The experiences and lessons I learned on my Unity course over 10 years ago are still with me today.“ Alexys J. Taylor

“In 2009, Alexys returned to NCOBS to work as an intern for the Charlotte Unity Project, she graduated from high school and then college and went to work at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture as their Collections & Exhibitions Manager. In 2014, we were smart enough to ask Alexys to join the Charlotte Advisory Board.” “These days,” according to Jay, “Alexys chairs the program committee. One of her responsibilities is to help identify students to receive a Rufus M. Dalton Scholarship.” According to NCOBS’ Director of Charlotte Advancement, Melissa Golder, “To celebrate Rufus’ 90th birthday, our Charlotte

Though gratified by this success, Rufus continues to look to the future: “The NCOBS Unity Project has proven itself as an effective program for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for more than 20 years. To grow and flourish, it must be nurtured by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System and continue to be supported, financially, by those who recognize its value.” Rufus works toward this goal with unabated resolve.

“RUFUS DALTON IS THE OUTWARD AND VISIBLE SYMBOL OF THE OUTWARD BOUND IDEA. HIS SERVANT LEADERSHIP SPRINGS FROM A FIERCE SPIRIT MANIFEST THROUGH A QUIET BUT NEVER SILENT, EVER STRATEGIC VOICE.” MARJORIE BUCKLEY NCOBS FOUNDER


OUR STUDENTS SERVE Service is the bedrock upon which NCOBS was founded. It is also an essential component of all of our courses. Through service, we forge compassion and awaken a sense of community responsibility. Starting with our earliest courses at Table Rock in the late 1960s, when we established the Fire and Rescue Crew to assist the US Forest Service, community service of all kinds has been central to the NCOBS experience. Students learn how to engage responsibly in the work of communities and perhaps most importantly, they learn they are needed. This discovery alone can accelerate a life-long commitment to compassionate engagement in service greater than oneself.

I love, love, love when my NCOBS family brings the crews to participate in service for injured and orphaned wildlife. I know what the NCOBS service experience did for me, and I believe that a kind act on behalf of another living being brings out the finest aspects of humanity. When NCOBS students come to help they meet the animals that they are helping which makes it a relevant and powerful experience for them and for myself.�

NINA FISCHESSER

DIRECTOR, MAY WILDLIFE REHABILITATION CENTER AT LEES-MCRAE COLLEGE


2019 SERVICE PARTNERS

Appalachian Trail Asheville Greenworks Black Mountain Community Garden Bread of Life Cedar Island Wildlife Refuge and various National Forests and National Parks (Everglades National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cape Hatteras National Seashore) Hartnett Community Garden Historic Westside Gardens Hungry Hearts Farm Food Bank of NE Georgia Grandfather Mountain State Park Habitat for Humanity The Lord’s Acre May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Metro Atlanta Urban Farm The Outreach Center RiverLink SAFE Inc Tapestry Donation Garden Villages at Carver Community Gardens Warren Boys and Girls Club WildSouth

“I WAS A STUDENT AT TABLE ROCK AS A TEEN THREE DECADES AGO—A PIVOTAL MOMENT IN MY LIFE. IT’S A PLEASURE TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH NCOBS. IN EVERY OUTWARD BOUND COURSE WE WORK WITH, WE ARE WATCHING TOMORROW’S LEADERS, THOSE IN WHOM A FIRE IS BEING LIT FOR SHARED SERVICE IN THE FACE OF SHARED CHALLENGE. IN THEIR BRIEF TIME WITH US, THEY PERFORM INVALUABLE SERVICE TO PUBLIC LANDS. WE CAN SEE IN THEIR EYES THAT WHEN THEY RETURN FROM THIS EXPERIENCE THEY WILL KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO WORK TOGETHER AND CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR COMMUNITIES WHEREVER THEY GO.” KEVIN MASSEY

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WILDSOUTH


2019 FINANCIALS 2019 was a positive year for NCOBS on many fronts, including financial performance. NCOBS had positive net income from operations of $201,931 but saw a decrease in investment revenue, as well as overall contributions, both of which are important to our mission of changing lives through challenge and discovery. Management continues to make fiscal sustainability and prudent stewardship of all donations a top priority alongside student and staff safety.

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TUITION & SCHOLARSHIPS

SUPPORT AND REVENUE

INVESTMENTS

Tuiton & Scholarships Contributions & Grants Contributions Federal & State Grants Total Contributions Investments Other Revenue Total Support & Revenue

$5,552,224 $1,389,135 $1,148,164 $2,537,299 $649,912 $404,009 $9,143,444

CONTRIBUTIONS & GRANTS

PROGRAM SERVICES

EXPENSES

FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

Program Services Program Delivery Program Administration Student Services Total Program Services Supporting Services General & Administrative Marketing Total Support & Services Fundraising Activities Development Total Expenses

$5,556,650 $1,478,282 $458,713 $7,493,645 $1,238,754 $692,157 $1,930,911 $373,785 $9,798,341


OUTWARD BOUND PROFESSIONAL PARTNERS American Leadership Forum, Charlotte Chapter Ben Mynatt Family of Dealerships Brown Advisory Cannon School​ Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company ​Delta Air Lines Federal Public Defender Office for the Western District of North Carolina Green Opportunities John Hopkins University, School of Nursing REACH Initiative ​Leadership Sandy Springs ​Liberty Fellowship New Hanover Regional Medical Center Pisgah Legal Services ​Teachers College, Columbia University – Summer Principals Academy, New Orleans ​University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School Westmoreland & Scully

EDUCATIONAL AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS American Explorers - GA Appalachian State University - NC Asheville Alternative High School - NC Asheville High School - NC Asheville School - NC Atlanta Public Schools - GA

Best Academy - GA Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School - MD Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School - PA Brunson Elementary School - SC Butler High School - NC Camp Coleman - GA Camp Judaea - NC Cannon School - NC Cape Fear Academy - NC Capital City Public Charter School - DC Centre College - KY Charles D. Owen High School - NC Charleston Collegiate School - SC Charlotte Latin School - NC City Kids Wilderness Project - DC Cliff Valley - GA Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School - PA Community School of Naples - FL Creative Learning Academy - FL The Cushman School - FL East Mecklenburg High School - NC Episcopal Academy - PA Episcopal Day School - GA Evergreen Community Charter School - NC FOCUS Garinger - NC Forest Hill Community School - FL Franklin School of Innovation - NC Gilbert High School - SC Hall Fletcher - NC Helping Hands - SC LaGrange College - GA Mallard Creek High School - NC

MAST Academy - FL McCallie School - TN Meadow Glen Middle School - SC Metropolitan School - FL Mountain Discovery Charter School - NC Multicultural Academy Charter School - PA Myers Park High School - NC North Carolina Wesleyan College - NC Open Doors of Asheville - NC The Out-of-Door Academy - FL Padeia School – GA Palmer Trinity School – FL Porter Gaud School – SC Providence Day School - NC Ransom Everglades School - FL River Bluff High School - SC Sampson Middle School - NC Savannah Country Day School - GA South Mecklenburg High School - NC St. Francis School - KY St. Paul’s-Clearwater’s Independent School - FL Summer Search The Exploris School - NC The Gale Academy at Forest Hill Community High School - FL The Lovett School - GA The Simple Gifts Fund - NC University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill - NC Warren Wilson College - NC Western Carolina University - NC Westminister School - FA William Jewell College - MO Youth Leadership Sandy Springs - GA


GIVING

Summit Society­­—$25,000 + Amos T. Beason The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Marjorie B. Buckley Rufus M. Dalton Georgia-Pacific Foundation Kenneth and Nancy Glass James M. Cox Foundation of Georgia, Inc. Henry and Edith McHenry John and Michelle McNellis Gary Saltz Foundation Robert M. Schwartzberg Hannah Siler Tom and Priscilla Siler Kate Svitek Memorial Foundation Frank and Ellen Svitek Leslie and Mitchell Wickham Mountaineer — $10,000+ Luis and Laura Angel-Lalanne Arby’s Foundation Charles and Ann Baker Bank of America Gretchen and Stephen Burke The Chapman/Perelman Foundation Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Brenda and Dan Crocker David and Jill Dalton Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP Cox Enterprises Inc. Burke Family Foundation Alec and Julie Frisch The Gate Foundation General Microcircuits Sonji Jacobs Key Biscayne Community Foundation Douglas and Shawn Mackenzie John and Kathryn Peyton Rolander Family Foundation Kent and Linda Satterfield Richard and Leigh Schell William Spriggs St. John Family Foundation Trust Brad Stanback and Shelli Lodge-Stanback Patricia Wilson Navigator—$5,000+ Ann R. Baruch Joseph and Patti Beckham James Belikove and Vanessa Piala Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School Mitchell Breit and Marjorie Weinman Walter and Susan Buckley John and Mindy Buford Community Foundation of Greater Greenville The Ecology Wildlife Foundation Hope Gleicher and Andrew Burness Greater Washington Community Foundation Terry Hahn and Teresa Velasco Simmons Hanly Conroy William T. Hobbs Jeanette Hyde James and Sarah Kennedy Betsy and Robert Legnini Edward and Lillian Lilly Margaret MacLeod McKissick Family Foundation Bill and Katie McNabb Merrill Lynch

Harrison Miller and Clare McCamy Ridgely Phillips Scott and Susan Puritz Robert and Anne Schleusner Benjamin and Diana Smeal James Taylor Noah Tennant Anonymous Vintage Oil & Gas LLC The Winston-Salem Foundation Patricia Woodson Caroline and Wade Young Belayer—$2,500+

Paul M. Bauer Frank and Margery Cooper Correll Family Foundation Richard and Kate Daileader Robert and Gwin Dalton Del Masco Fund Dale and Erin Freudenburger Goosmann Rose Colvard & Cramer. P.A. David Hardy and Zina Oliver-Hardy Janet Hatfield Legro and Jeffrey Legro Ulrich Hewer and Cheryl Kariya Jane High Ken and Cathy Hines Anne Hobson Henry B. & Jessie W. Keiser Foundation, Inc. Matthew and Lee Keiser Steve Kirschner Linda L. Lawson C.H. and Laurie Maguire Julianne Marley Scott McGovern and Peggy Brown Ken and Elizabeth Richards Chandler Root Peter and Molly Ross Jean M. Sullivan Gabrielle and Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. Alexis Warmath William B. Dietrich Foundation Virginia H. and Geoffrey F. Worden Shelton and Rory Zuckerman Explorer—$1,000+ David and Valerie Adams Lynn Allison American Express Foundation Daniel and Christine Baker Rosemary Batcheller Battle Family Foundation, Inc. Agnes R. Beane Tim and Sarah Belk Nancy Benerofe Cathy Bernard Franklin and Jan Blackford Richard Blomgren and Tami Pearson Patricia Boyd Bragg Financial Advisors, Inc. Ann Brock The Campbell Family Foundation Kathleen Campbell Derick and Sallie Close Robert M. Coffelt Jr. and Annetta J. Coffelt Julie Coleman The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro Rhea Elliott Cooper The Dickson Foundation Duke Energy Foundation Lillian Eckstein Schwartzberg Family Foundation Daniel Flanagan and Geoffrey Kerr Anne and Hank Flint Gate Petroleum Corporation George Foundation, Inc.

John and Flavel Godfrey Susannah Goodman Gordon and Susan Grant Beverly-Hanks & Associates Beach and Lindsay Hensley Hill Family Fund of Triangle Community Foundation Elizabeth and Larry Horrell Michelle and Eric Howell Charlie and Kathy Izard Thomas James and Regina Cortina Jared C. Fox Family Foundation The Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland Lee and Daney Klingenstein Laura Kohler and Stephen Proudman Krumholtz Family Foundation Scott and Amy Leazer W. States and Alison Lee Shirlyn Ratcliff MacPherson George McCown Peter and Dee Dee McKay James and Karen McKenzie Shelagh Meehan and Jordan Smyth Hal Meyer Richard V. Michaels Sharon Mills Reid and Martha Montgomery Whitney Montgomery and Lindsay Hearn Janie Faucette Moore Katie B. Morris Carrie Myers and Bess Newton Jon and Cynthia Nemo Thomas O’Boyle Mary Norris Preyer Oglesby Performance Software Solutions Megg and Robert Rader Sally and Russell Robinson Patricia and B.D. Rodgers Joseph Ruiz Sanford and Doris Slavin Foundation Inc. Jason Schugel Mordecai Scott Seward Capital LLC Eric Sklut Jeffery Slavin Gary and Meg Smeal Nadra Franklin and Kevin Smith Tamara and Mike Stanton Sturner DDS Amanda and Harold Sturner William Sullivan Phil Swan John and Claire Tate Truliant Federal Credit Union Glenn and Nancy Tucker Alexandra Buckley Voris and Michael Voris Jack and Sarah Warmath Wellesley Athletics Matthew T. West, Jr. Anita DiNovo and Jody Whitehurst Owen Whitfield John and Debbie Will Adventurer—$500+ John and Ripple Alkire Anonymous Katherine M. Belk Biogen, Inc. Erskine and Crandall Bowles Christopher Breault Brooks Engineering Associates Mark Brooks Jonathan and Dominique Cahn Jerry and Elizabeth Clark William Brown and Mary Jo Clark Catherine Clements

Anne Close Deborah and Skip Coleman Maricoleman E. Cooper Merle Cosgrove Ben and Wendy Craig DMG Glass LLC Tim and Margaret Drennan Dubose Family Mary Beth Durkin and Hugh Panero Margo Flood and Paul Bartels James Frank Samuel Friedman Rebecca and David Furlow Gregory and Anne Giraud Matthew Gould and Jennifer Loehle Jon Graham and Elizabeth Ulmer Jim and Janice Gravely Bruce T. Grier Michael and Patricia Haake Lynn and Jeffrey Hansen Robert Hess Clark and Patty Jensen Erik Kan John Kerrick Alan Kleber and Megan Waterbury-Kleber Dan and Marin Leroy Joy Lovoy and Mike Miller David and Jelena Mann Mary Stuart McCamy Brian D. McIntire Paul Meehan Trent Miracle Alcova Mortgage LLC Daniel Murrey and Katherine Oates Bruce and Julie Nofsinger Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation Douglas and Darcy Orr Kenneth Peeples Loretta C. Peterson Kenneth and Anne Powell Greybeard Property Management & Sales Jim and Cindy Rasmussen Renaissance Charitable Foundation, Inc. Mindy Runion Henry L. Savage, Jr. Alison Schweizer Marianne Scippa Vanessa and Joe Scully Second Gear Meghann Sehorn Ginny Shaw Alex and Karen Stickney Diane Thompson Matthew and Deborah Thuman Joseph Trask Nathan and Elizabeth Vish Michelle Vruwink and Kirk Vandersall Susan Wanser Jonathan G. Weiss Rochelle Weisstuch Leslie Wiesenfelder Molly Zeliff Backpacker—$250+ Amy C. Arnott Jeffrey and Theresa Baena Harriet B. Bakken Becky Bloedow James and Elinor Buck Kerr and Tori Collins Eric Cummings Elizabeth Caldwell Dalgliesh Robert DiDiano D. Edwards Michael Elenz


Henry Froelich Futch Foundation, Inc. Elliot Gersh and Lynne Foltz Scott and Noa Golden D. F. Halton Foundation Dale Halton John and Laura Hardman David and Vicky Hedden Rebecca Helms Hillman Beer, LLC John and Carter Hipp Lyttleton and Thomas Hollowell The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Charlie and Virginia Jones Jo Ann Kitik Janet S. Kuck Anand Lagoo Lisa Lark Michelle R. Lavigne Erwin and Nancy Maddrey Caroline Marshall Audrey McBrayer Jerry and Audrey McBrayer Timothy Mcginnis Arch and Jennifer McIntosh Marisa and Daniel Mulvihill Lorraine Waters and Peter Nadler Derick Naef Oakdale Pizza, LLC Christopher S. Olson Claire Ottina William Peach Dan and Margie Pearson Steven Penansky and Joan Kristal Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Hickory Christine R. Phelps Duke Richey Mark and Jane Ritchie Terri Ross Rolland D. Royce Downie and Sally Saussy Steve and Lisa Schwat Gary and Tricia Sheldon Richard and Fran Silbert Teresa Spillane Richard Stephens Robert Stout Harry A. Taylor John Teeter The Dot & Lam Hardman Family Foundation, Inc. Paul Thomas Triangle Community Foundation, Inc. Kevin Watt Douglas Wells Steve and Liz Whisnant Lesley Whitley Jason Williams Benjamin Zimmerman Carl and Debra Zvanut Climber—$100+ S .F. James and Diane Abbott David and Heather Abernathy Richard and Judy Adamkiewicz Audrey Adams Derek Adkisson Julian Adney Gene and Susan Allen Kelly Anderson Anonymous Sheryl Ash and Edwin Sherman Jeffrey Ashby Karin Assman Charles and Phyllis Ault Stephen Autenrieth Cynthia Ayscue William B. Barnhardt

John Baron Adelaide Belk Patricia P. Bent Sherry Bindeman and David Kahn Sharon K. Blalock Gregory Blin Kenneth and Robin Boger Andrew and Mary Bonacker Dorothy R. Borden Robert Boykin Nick Bragano and Patricia Felner-Bragano Dawn Brandley Peiffer and Lauren Brandt Grady and Jean Britt Rodney W. Brooks Erin J. Broome Joanna Brown Joshua Brown Anonymous Daryl Bryarly Ethan Burns Andy and Jane Cahn Patricia Carter Maria Casarella Rod Chamberlain Madeline Chapman Phil Charron Rick and Maricela Chatham Laura and Nathan Clark Tor Clark Liz Clasen-Kelly Derek and Eileen Coen Peyton Coles Tris and Ruth Colket Farnham and Anne Collins Carla W. Cornelius Claire Courtade Ann Cox Cliff Coy Bonnie Bell-Curran and Gerard Curran Michael Cushinsky Ned and Adelaide Davis Keira Dembowski Roger B. Dinger Karen Dresden Anne Dubois Stan Dunham Alyce and H. Keith Dunn Andrew and Barbara Dunn Judith and William Eastman Patricia L. Edwards Paige Edwards-Werhan William F. Eichfeld Eileen Fisher Roger and Dianne English Michael and Joyce Ernst Thomas and Leila Evans Carl and Mary Eycke David and Rosemary Farnsworth Thomas and Stephanie Favia Alexander and Janet Floyd Janet Freelain Lisa Freeland Miriam Frieden Wendy Frosh Susan Fugate Robert and Patricia Gage Frank and Carole Gailor Earl and Marty Galleher Ernest Galloway Michael and Heather Goldberg Ann Golden Jennifer Grady Ozzie Hackett Amy Hall William Hanlon Clyde L. Harris John Haslam

James H. Hassinger Lucile Hays Bonnie Henry Jill Herscot and Andrew Bartley Marc Hill David Hoelscher Anne Holker Gordon E. Howard Mary R. Howell John Huie and Jaan Ferree Elizabeth H. Hunter Robert and Joanne Huss Joseph Jaccarino Chris and Renee Jackson Elizabeth B. Johns Harry and Mary Jo Johnson Krista Johnson Charles T. Jones Walker Jones and Bret Wheatley KaTom Restaurant Supply Karen Kaufman Devin M. Kearns Julie A. Kehrli Tracey Kemble Angela and David Kemper Homi Kharas and Shelley Yerman Dennis and Sharon Kimbleton Herb F. Kincey Kirkwood Investments, LLC George and Lee Kite Francis Koster Gary Kravitz Jason Kreps James La Prad Tracy Lai Aimee Lassor Allen and Delores Lastinger Patrick Laughlin Linda Lemmon Nancy Leopold Jan Letendre Blair Levin and Patricia Friedman Clare and Dan Lewis Robert Look Connie Lotz Kelly Lyn Michele R. Marston Katherine Mathieson Donna McCormick Morton and Rosaly Meltzer Roy and Beverly Michaux Mallory and Kevin Miller Eli M. Mills Andy Mink Catherine R. Moore Nancy H. Morgan Rhonda Morin John Morrice Sara and Caleb Morrison Irving G. Mosher William Murray and Kim Melvin Greg and Barbara Nelson Marla and James Nix Stuart and Sara Beth Nofsinger Marty O’Keefe and Marjorie Ulin Opus 59 Creative Group

Roger Paige and Sara Schoenberg Jodi Passarella Derry Patterson Randolph and Carolyn Powell Robert and Lenni Puritz David Pyles Eric and Anne Reenstierna Delaney Ridgley Brandon and Terry Roberts T. Mark Roberts Matthew Robertson Kevin Rockey Erin Schaberg Robert Scharnagl Mel Schulze Kathy and Jerry Seldin William Sellars Jr. and Paula Connor-Sellars Sarah Olliges Shah and Meera Shah Ken Silver Peter J. Silvester Susan Simmons Peter and Robin Smelzer Barbara J. Smith Mark D. Smith William Smith and Viviane Bechtler-Smith Lila Snow Jessie P. Snyder Mark and Karen Sohmer Paul and Diane Sonnecken Dick Stokes Chris and Barbara Strong John Sullivan Gayle Tallardy Jeanne L. Tannenbaum Steven L. Tennant Erin Thacher Phyllis A. Thackery The MHG Foundation Bradley Thompson Dean Thompson Emerson R. Thompson, Jr. Russ Towers Michelle Tuday Larry and Nancy Turner Robert Turner Stuart and Jennie Wallace Lindsay Ward Debra and Gary Watt Penny Weatherly Daniel Weitzner Joseph and Wanda Wells Lauren Westbrook Orman and Nanette Whichard Thomas White Allan and Kathleen Whitlow Keitheley Wilkinson John Williams Pam Wolfe John Wolford and Rhonda Cooper Eric and Denise Wonderlich Clark Wright Carolyn L. Wyatt Ira K. Wydner Matthew Zaft Dan and Beth Zweig

THE KURT HAHN SOCIETY AT NORTH CAROLINA OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL Make an enduring impact through a legacy gift to NCOBS. By including North Carolina Outward Bound School as a beneficiary of your will, trust, or other estate plan, you can ensure a lasting impact on NCOBS and our students for generations to come. To learn more about The Kurt Hahn Society and our planned giving options, contact Carrie Myers, Director of Development, at (828) 239-2145 or cmyers@ncobs.org.


Hiker—$1+ Jayne Abbot Harrsion Addington Jay and Karen Ahuja Kaelin Amaya Davis-Paul Amrbo Anonymous Kenneth Baerwalde Nancy Ballenger Joseph Barbee Dori Barron Philip Bassani Erin Bauer Mcginnis Neal Beam Abigail D. Beck Norman Becker Linda and Tyrone Belanger Diana Belknap Judith Bevans Suejette Black Melanie Blair Laura Bowra Blakeney Burr Jesse Camacho Robert and Barbara Carey Alyssa A. Casey Marguerite Caswell Chef Michael’s Catering Julie and Richard Chilton Gar Tie Chin Morrow Civic Woman’s Club David Clark Amy Climer Joyce Cmiel Daniel Coffey Travis Collins David Cook Laura and Michael Copeland Stuart Cowles Tom Craddock Rosemary and Jay Crawford Jessica Cross Christopher J. Daly Mr. Hume Davenport Margaret and Jay Davis Douglas DeBerry Madison Dellinger Jackson Depew David and Melanie Dixon James R. Doane Alice Virginia Dodd Steven Donnell Erin Dreis Leslie K. Drexelius Sandra Dryden William DuBois Olivia Duggan Mary A. Elfner Suzanne Ernst Nicole Fava Alessia Faverio Carsten Floess Michael Follo and Deb Follo Caughron Cissy Fowler George and Catherine Fox Barbara and W. Edward Frazer Chante Freeman Bonnie Frenkel William Gailmard Virginia S. Garmon Tami Gilbert Andrew Gill Lelia Ginn John Gray and Mary Fingeroff Elizabeth Grillo

Joy Groya John Gunter Anna Hakes Graham L. Hales Erica Hannah John and Carol Hardenburg Patrick Hayes Bob and Dana Hayes Debra Heitter Anne Hersman Monica Herzog Gerald Holt Richard and Rochelle Holzman Del Houck Eric Houck John and Janice Howe Spencer Huffman Linda Hufty Lindsay Hunter & Olivia Scherzer David Ihrig Gail Isquith John W. Jarboe Denise S. Johnson Bridget Johnson Kathy Jordan Mike Karnowski Kristen Keane Rhys Kear John Kelley Patrick and Lele Kelly John King Roger King Stuart King Kathryn Kitchens and Corey Winstead Sheila Kuck Kristy Kuntz Harold and Jerri Labush Joan Litman Jimmy Lockhart Skip Sickler and Lisa M. Loveday Jacob Lozier Robert Lundin Peter Lutken and Joanne Jones Lutken David Maida Jessica Mangum Bonnie Marshall and James Winters Brian Martin Chris Martin Charlotte Maynard Bill and Jerry McAninch Tinka McArdle Alicia McCab Miah F. McClinton Joel McCombs Mike Mcginnis Civil McGowan Scott Meischen Daniel Miller Harriet Miller Leigh Anne Miller Scott C. Miller Susan Miller Alexandra Milonas Mary Moore Kenneth and Mary Ann Morgan Lisa Morgan Randall Morrow Jewel Moulthrop and Evan Komito Margaret Mullen Benjamin Myers Lydie Neill Michael Nicklow Nancy Nicodemus Brad Niven John Ogletree Paul Orlando

Alyse Ostreicher Sarah Overcash Victoria Pace Ricky Park Bobby Payne Jim and Carolyn Payton James W. Pennell Fred Perley Kevin Peters Taylor Petty Drew Phillips Carolyn Pilling James Pleasant Lonnie A. Powers Caleb Pusey Francis and Patricia Radley Eleanor Randolph Ray and Sheri Raymer Niv Resheff Oakley and Nadji Reynolds Cynthia A. Rivas Edgar E. Rivas Francis D. Roche Catherine Romadka-Fahl Ali Rondeau Hannah Rose Sally Ruderman Lawrence Sanicola Kathleen McKeown Sauer Pam Schneider John and Debra Sedor Claire Sharp Warren G. Shaw Misa Shikuma Stewart Shirey James and Lolita Sickler Cheyenne Simmons Bob and Jen Simmons Barbara Y. Sipp Elizabeth Sluder Skip and Mary Davis Smart Edward T. B. Smith John and Joan Smith Mike Smith Janice Southerland Sage Stahmer William Steigelmann and Linda Delauder Anastasia Stekas Zoe Stone Cora Szmodis Virginia Tewey John and Elizabeth Thomas Elizabeth H. Thompson Gregory and Helene Thoreson Marilyn Trushell Steven and Charlotte Turner Spencer Turrentine III Emily Urban Arlene R. Ustin Jane Vaughan Sage M. Waring Lisa and Edward Waters John Watkins Randy Whitt Robert G. Wiedenmann John P. Wilcox Wayne and Kim Wilkes Nathan Williams Hannah Woodruff Brenda Wroe Joshua Yungvirt


THROUGH OUR INSTRUCTORS AND PHYSICAL CHALLENGES I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT HOW EVERY SMALL THING I DO CAN LEAVE AN IMPACT ON OTHERS. I ALSO LEARNED HOW RECOGNIZING THESE IMPACTS COULD REALLY HELP TO SHAPE OUR LARGER COMMUNITY, SCHOOL, AND WORLD.”


HONORS AND MEMORIALS By making an honorary or memorial gift to NCOBS, donors can offer valuable support to the School while honoring the lives of people they love and respect. We gratefully acknowledge the following donors for gifts made in honor or memory of specific individuals in fiscal year 2019. In honor of William A. Battey Susan Simmons In honor of Ann R. Baruch Frank and Margery Cooper Ozzie Hackett David Hardy In honor of James Belikove Shelton and Rory Zuckerman Nancy Leopold In honor of Ruth and Bernard Belikove and Joseph and Madelon Piala James Belikove and Vanessa Piala

In honor of Rufus M. Dalton Adelaide Belk Patricia Rodgers

In memory of Bradley Glenn McKnight Chef Michael’s Catering

In honor of the DuBois Family Julia DuBois

In memory of Donald R. Obert Kenneth Peeples

In honor of Katie E. Dunn Andrew and Barbara Dunn

In honor of Lynn Sheldon and Jacob Peach Claire Ottina William Peach Gary and Tricia Sheldon Allan and Kathleen Whitlow Eric Wonderlich

In memory of Zachary Farnsworth David Farnsworth In honor of Eric Floess Carsten Floess

In memory of Lloyd Borstelmann Tim Borstelmann

In memory of Charlotte Fox Jared C. Fox Family Foundation

In memory of Don Boyd Patricia Boyd

In honor of Nadra Franklin James Belikove and Vanessa Piala Patricia Carter

In honor of Susan Buckley Deb Caughron and Michael Follo In honor of Barry Cardin Skip Sickler and Lisa M. Loveday In honor of Gordon Caudle Deb Caughron and Michael Follo In honor of Deb Caughron and Michael Follo Keira Dembowski Steve Whisnant Carolyn Pilling

In memory of Peggy Genova Heather and David Abernathy Becky Bloedow In honor of Stephen Hassenfelt Terri Ross In memory of James Hollandsworth Peter Lutken

In memory of Benjamin Reed Linda Ferguson

Anne Holker Ginger’s Wellesley Crew Teammates Joseph Jaccarino Gary Kravitz Tracy Lai Joan Litman Harriet Miller Alexandra Milonas Jodi Passarella Misa Shikuma Catherine Romadka-Fahl Sally Ruderman Alison Schweizer Anastasia Stekas Emy Urban Lorraine Waters and Family Rochelle and Joseph Weisstuch Lauren Westbrook Hannah Woodruff

In honor of Lisa Ritchie Kenneth Powell

In memory of Michele Strickland Bonnie Marshall

In honor of James Thompson-Shirey Stewart Shirey

In honor of Mitchell Wickham Stan Dunham

In memory of Julian Price Margaret MacLeod

In honor of Doug Silsbee Scott McGovern and Peggy Brown In honor of Ji M. Simmons Susan Simmons

In memory of Stephen Hicks Mary Elfner

In honor of Ben and Noah La Prad James La Prad

In honor of Andrew H. Chapman Anna Chapman

In honor of John C. Huie Charles and Ann Baker

In honor of Leigh Schell Henry Froelich

In memory of Benjamin Cobb Susan Fugate Kelly Anderson Orman Whichard

In honor of Steve Kirschner and Lisa Vogel Mallory and Kevin Miller

In honor of Hannah Siler Richard Blomgren

In honor of Deb Coleman Robert Look In memory of Robert I. Dalton Jr. Rufus M. Dalton Patrick and Elizabeth Kelly Eric Reenstierna

In honor of Jessica Ross Peter Ross In memory of Gerald F. McBrayer Audrey McBrayer In memory of Dr. Peter McKay Rufus M. Dalton

In honor of Elyse Will John and Debbie Will In honor of Sturner Dentistry Amanda Sturner In memory of Brian Wadman Jay Ahuja In honor of Brent Weatherly Penny Weatherly In honor of Kameron Vaughn Erica Hannah

In memory of Ginger Simms Kip Ault Rosemary Batcheller Gar Tie Chin Jessica Cross Lillian Eckstein Alokananda Elliott Anna Hakes Amy Hall

In honor of Nathan Vish Danna McCormick In honor of Zeke Zeliff Clark Tor Molly Zeliff

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9222 (voice). TDD users can contact USDA through local relay or the Federal relay at (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866 377-8642 (relay voice). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. North Carolina Outward Bound School would like to thank the many state and federal agencies who manage the state and national forests and park systems as a resource. NCOBS operates under special use permits from the following federal and state agencies: Blue Ridge Parkway, NC Cape Canaveral National Seashore & Merritt Is. National Wildlife Refuge, FL Cape Lookout National Seashore, NC

Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge, NC Chattahoochee National Forest, GA Cherokee National Forest, TN Everglades National Park, FL

Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, FL Nantahala National Forest, NC North Carolina State Parks, NC Ocala National Forest, FL

Pisgah National Forest, NC Sumter National Forest, SC St. Johns River Management District, FL Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, FL


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