All nonprofit organizations in Gaston County are invited to participate. To be eligible, organizations must attend a mandatory kick-off meeting and complete the Organization Application. The Community Foundation reviews each organization’s application and confirms eligibility. An application acceptance letter is sent to the contact person for each eligible nonprofit. There is no cost to apply, and participation is free.
Organizations invite donors to give to the Community Foundation through the Run and to include their organization in the list of recommended charities on the official donor form or online. Donations must be made payable to the Community Foundation. The Community Foundation receives the gifts and official donor forms, acknowledges donors with a tax receipt, and records the gifts in funds named for the beneficiary organizations.
The Community Foundation of Gaston County:
Individuals may volunteer to help administer the run. They may also register to participate in the event, make a donation, or help staff a booth on run day.
Contact Sydney Stephens at 704-864-0927.
Participants run a competitive 5K or walk a recreational 2K. There are non-profit booths, a family zone, music, and awards. All members of the community are welcome to attend.
The Community Foundation provides the first $140,000 from the unrestricted grant cycle. The Community Foundation raises additional matching funds from individuals, businesses and organizations in the community.
When all the gifts have been recorded and acknowledged – approximately six weeks after the run – the Community Foundation calculates the match percentage based on the total amount of match money available relative to the total amount of designated contributions, up to $10,000 for each organization. Gaston County Schools share a $15,000 cap. All eligible participating organizations receive the same percentage match on the first $10,000 in designated contributions they raise. The match percentage will be announced at the Wrap-Up luncheon in late May.
P.O. Box 123 Gastonia, NC 28053
1201 E. Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28054
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