North Carolina Keep America Beautiful, Inc. (NC KAB) was established in February, 1984, within the North Carolina Department of Transportation as North Carolina Clean to develop strategies to reduce litter and to support the efforts of Keep America Beautiful, Inc. in North Carolina communities.
In February 1985, under North Carolina General Statues governing charitable organization, the North Carolina Clean Foundation was incorporated and awarded tax-exemption status. The Foundation engaged in substantial interaction with another statewide nonprofit organization, Keep North Carolina Beautiful.
In January 1987, the two groups merged, adopting the name Keep North Carolina Clean and Beautiful with staff support within the North Carolina Department of Transportation as well as private sector entities.
In 1990, Keep North Carolina Clean and Beautiul and the North Carolina Clean Foundation separated with the statewide Keep America Beautiful organization operating as North Carolina Keep America Beautiful, Inc. (NC KAB). Since that time, NC KAB has been housed in the Office of the Governor, NC Department of Environmental Health and Natural Resources and the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Office of Beautification Programs.
In 2004, the NC KAB bylaws were revised and adopted by an interim Board of Directors for the purpose of moving the organization forward.
September 24, 2007, NC KAB with funding from the Department of Transportation and the North Carolina Beverage Association, reorganized under the direction of a new board of directors and retained an executive director. The office is located in Charlotte, NC.
In December 2009, the name NCKAB was changed to Keep North Carolina Beautiful (KNCB) under the creation of a new logo and web site.
It is the intent of KNCB to affirm the partnership with the affiliates in local communities, the KNCB Board of Directors and the national Keep America Beautiful organization as a state affiliate.