The Friends of Hyde County's Historic 1854 Courthouse need other volunteers to help with this project. Whether you have roots buried deep in Hyde County’s black peat soil, or are a transplant that has come to love the County, we need your help reaching our goals of preserving, utilizing and sustaining the Courthouse.

There are many ways you can help – a monetary donation is a very nice thing, but we also need volunteers to help with special projects such as fundraising or history-gathering. Your donation of in-kind services, your time, and your ideas will help us make this project a true Hyde County venture!



As a nonprofit, the Friends of Hyde County’s Historic 1854 Courthouse realize that in order to fulfill our mission, we must rely on individual contributions of funds or in-kind support from private citizens who believe in our work. We urge all prospective donors to seek the assistance of personal legal and financial advisors in matters relating to their gifts, including the resulting tax and estate planning consequences. In order to assure that these contributions are free from undue influence or excessive pressure; are respectful of the needs and interests of the donor or potential donor; and that their generosity merits the respect and trust of the general public, all contributors have the following rights:

  • To be informed of the mission of the organization, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  • To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board and elected officers; and to expect the Board to exercise prudent judgment in its decisions with regard to its responsibilities and accountabilities.
  • To have access to the organization’s public documents upon request, including its IRS nonprofit credentials and most recent financial statements.
  • To understand that all donations are appreciated, the organization will not accept gifts from any donor that would impair or infringe on the organization’s independence to pursue its mission, or endanger its integrity and reputation.
  • To be assured that their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  • To be guaranteed that information about contributions are handled with discretion to the extent provided by law, and that donor history remains confidential.
  • To be confident that the organization and any agents acting on its behalf have met all requirements for the solicitation of donations under state and federal laws.
  • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  • To have their names withheld from mailing lists that the organization may intend to share or exchange with others, or to have their names removed from the program’s active mailing list upon request and according to the established procedures.
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.





  • Gifts of Cash; Marketable Securities or Shares in Traded Mutual Funds; Personal Property; and In-Kind Services will be generally accepted.
  • Gifts of Closely Held Securities for which there is no publicly traded market for the Securities; Bequests and Beneficiary Designations under Revocable Trusts; Life Insurance Policies; Commercial Annuities; Real Estate; and similar donations will not be accepted.
  • The organization will honor the privacy and confidentiality of all donors wishing to remain anonymous upon request. Such donations will be identified on appropriate reports as “Anonymous Friend.
  • The organization will formally thank the donor in writing. Unless the donor wishes to remain anonymous, the donor’s name and a general description of the gift (numerical range of gift) may be used in reports, press releases and similar documents.
  • An internal accounting method of recording all gifts and information about donors will be initiated.
  • The organization will honor the donors request to be removed from fundraising mailing lists.
  • Documents that are considered public record but are not created for widespread distribution, such as the organization’s IRS Form 990, may be obtained from the Internal Revenue Service, the North Carolina Attorney General, or by written request to the Friends of Hyde County’s Historic 1854 Courthouse, PO Box 54, Swan Quarter, NC 27885. All such requests will be filled in a timely manner within 30 days of the request being received.