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The N.C. Coastal Federation’s Pelican Circle:

Protecting the Coast for Future Generations 

The Pelican Circle recognizes coastal stewards who have included the federation in their will or estate plans. Through a provision in your will, you can make a simple, yet significant gift that will continue your interest and provide for the future of the federation’s work.  You can leave a dollar amount, specific property, stock, an insurance policy, retirement accounts, or a portion of your estate to the N.C. Coastal Federation, Inc. Please consult your attorney to ensure that all legal requirements are met and that your wishes are fully understood.

Each year Pelican Circle members are invited to join the executive director for a special on-the-water outing for a personal look at our work. To learn more or to notify us that you’ve included the federation in your plans, please contact the federation’s Development Officer, Sarah King, at 919-210-2617 or

Including a non-profit organization in your estate plans is a very personal decision. Letting us know your intentions helps us plan for the future, and may help you decide where to guide your gift. To date, 23 members have included the federation in their plans. Read more of these personal stories below.


Read more of John and Nancy's story.


Read more of Paul and Susan's story. 


Endowments provide income for the federation, while allowing the principal to grow. The federation has four endowments to which anyone can donate any amount. Contributions may be made to the federation or to the Community Foundation if the foundation holds the fund. Named endowments may be established with a minimum donation of $5,000.

The Desales Harrison Jr. Stewardship Fund

  • Held by the N.C. Coastal Federation
  • Purpose: To promote stewardship of North Carolina's coastal resources

Kathleen Bryan Edwards Endowment

L. Richardson Preyer Endowment

H. Smith Richardson Jr. Fund for Environmental Stewardship

  • Held by the N.C. Coastal Federation
  • Purpose: To support federation programs