Quick Facts

Executive Director: Ernest W. Sumner

Established: 1978

Status: 501c3 public charity

Mission: The Community Foundation of Gaston County is to be the leader of philanthropic giving by connecting donors with community needs to enhance the lives of present and future generations.

We do this by:

  • connecting donors to community needs and causes that are meaningful to them;
  • investing charitable dollars prudently to achieve lasting results; and
  • leading collaborative solutions to community issues.

Assets Under Management: $82.2M

Number of Charitable Funds: 370

Grants and Scholarships Award: $83.5M since inception; $5.7M in year 2015

Board of Directors: 22 volunteers

Accreditation: National Standards

Average Performance of Main Investment Pool Over the Last 5 Years: +5.26%

Performance of our Main Investment Pool in 2015: 0.5%

Administrative Expenses for 2015: 0.81%


Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 123 Gastonia, NC 28053

Street Address:
1201 E. Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28054




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