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 $174,000 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:

Fall 2019 social- October 25th, 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

The Next Generation Fund selected youth as their point of interest for 2019- 2020 grant cycle. 

Applications are now being accepted online. Next Gen Grant Applications are due November 15th, 2019.

Since the beginning, the Fund has granted over $174,000 back to the community. During 2018-19, the Fund awarded $2,500 to Gaston School of the Arts, $1,625 to Family Promise, $1,625 to Least of These Carolinas, $1,500 to Girls on the Run of the Foothills and $750 to Victory Farm Inc. The Next Generation also contributed to the annual “Are you smarter than a Gaston County 5th Grader” contest. Next Generation has been a supporter and participant since the inception of the event. 


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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