Frequently Asked Questions (Non-profits)

How do non-profits sign up to be a part of the Community Foundation Run?

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.

How do non-profits raise funds?

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 that donate $250 or more with a tax receipt, and records the gifts in funds named for the beneficiary organizations.

What are the Community Foundation’s responsibilities?

The Community Foundation of Gaston County:

  • Receives and processes all gifts to the Community Foundation Run and provides a tax receipt.
  • Provides promotional and marketing presence for the Community Foundation Run.
  • Solicits sponsors to provide matching funds.
  • Creates and produces the Run with the help of community volunteers.

How do non-profit and community volunteers get involved?

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 Erin Wiggins at 704-864-0927.

What happens on Run Day?

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.

Who provides the matching funds?

The Community Foundation provides funds from the unrestricted grant cycle. The Community Foundation raises additional matching funds from individuals, businesses and organizations in the community.

What is the match percentage and how is it determined?

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. Gaston County Charter 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.

How do nonprofits that are approved to participate in the 2018 Run find important information and links?

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

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




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