Next Generation Fund

Our Next Generation Fund provides an innovative alternative for those who aren’t ready to establish a Foundation fund of their own. This giving circle allows you to pool your resources with others in the community and put your philanthropic dreams into action.

Next Gen is a charitable fund, or giving circle, for singles and couples interested in philanthropy. Along with determining grants in the community, Next Gen hosts at least two social gatherings each year and provides volunteer opportunities to support the organizations funded during the grant cycle.

Since the year 2000, the Next Generation Fund has made grants totaling over $183,000 to Gaston non-profits making a difference in the lives of children and their families. Annual gifts to the Fund from members grows the Next Generation Fund endowment to help you make a far greater impact on the community than any of us can make on our own. You'll have a seat at the table when funding decisions are made and can sponsor grants for worthy organizations.

Join the Next Generation Fund today by filling out a Connect Card (email completed card to Elizabeth Patton) and make an initial contribution. Contributions may be made online or by check (mail to: PO Box 123, Gastonia, NC 28053). If you have any questions please call or email Elizabeth Patton. Every gift made to the Fund goes directly to the community in the form of grants. The Next Generation Fund suggested annual gift; $75 for individuals and $125 for couples.  For those of you who have renewed or just joined us, thank you for your support.


Upcoming events:

Spring 2020 social- Friday, March 27th, 6-9 pm

Community Foundation Run, April 4th- the Next Gen will have a booth. Please come out and support the Next Gen!


Our interests

In December 2019, the Next Gen awarded 6 grants to nonprofits serving youth for the 2019-2020 year. Many Next Gen members participated in online scoring of applications and 4 people attended the meeting to finalize evaluations. The grants are awarded as follows:

  • YMCA: $2,000
  • Gaston Literacy: $1,500
  • Least of These: $1,500
  • Junior Achievement: $1,000
  • Crisis Assistance Ministry: $1,000
  • Make a Wish: $1,000 (the total requested was $4,000 and thanks to a Next Gen member, the other $3,000 was secured by an anonymous donor to fulfill the request at $4,000)

The Next Gen Advisory Board had also voted back in the Fall to fund a team for the Education Foundation’s “Are you smarter than a Gaston County 5th grader” contest at the $1,000 level.

Since the beginning, the Fund has granted over $183,000 back to the community. 

2019-2020 Gold Sponsor


Join the Next Generation Fund and take an important step in beginning a practice of philanthropy.

What comes after Next Gen?

Take a look at other ways to give.

"Before joining Next Gen, we sometimes wondered if our individual gifts were enough. As Next Gen members, we no longer question ourselves. Our giving is now accompanied by others in the circle and we know our group gifts are truly making an impact!"

Christa Heilig, Chair Next Generation Fund, Director CFGC

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

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




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