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We began operations on July 11, 1978 as The Garrison Community Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity. Initial funding of $726,524 came from remainder assets of the closed Garrison Community Hospital. Our current total assets are more than $113 million, with over $15 million of that total in unrestricted community endowments.

In 1987, the name was changed to The Community Foundation of Gaston County, Inc., to better describe its broad community role. The historic name was preserved by simultaneous renaming of the main general fund— now known as the Garrison Fund.

Recent News from Gaston Community Foundation


BackPack Weekend Food Program gets grant
Foundation: Gaston Community Foundation

The BackPack Weekend Food Program, Inc. (BWFP) has received a $10,000 grant from the Gaston Community Foundation. These funds will...more

BackPack Weekend Food Program gets grant
Foundation: Gaston Community Foundation

The BackPack Weekend Food Program, Inc. (BWFP) has received a $10,000 grant from the Gaston Community Foundation. These funds will...more

Rotary Foundation receives $20000 grant
Foundation: Gaston Community Foundation

The Rotary Foundation of Gaston County, the charitable arm of the Rotary Club of Gastonia, has received a $20,000 grant from the Gaston...more

Gaston Literacy Council receives Community Foundation grant
Foundation: Gaston Community Foundation

The Gaston Literacy Council has received an $8,720 grant from the Gaston Community Foundation to support and expand the Reading Soul...more

Rotary Foundation receives $20000 grant
Foundation: Gaston Community Foundation

“The Gaston Community Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process, and our board of directors...more

Gaston Literacy Council receives Community Foundation grant
Foundation: Gaston Community Foundation

The Gaston Literacy Council has received an $8,720 grant from the Gaston Community Foundation to support and expand the Reading Soul...more

Couple honored for support of community
Foundation: Gaston Community Foundation

The award is presented annually by the Community Foundation to someone who has exemplified the the selfless act of seeing a need and finding...more

New pollinator habitats vital part of local ecology
Foundation: Gaston Community Foundation

The habitat was established by the Catawba Lands Conservancy with financial support from the Gaston Community Foundation, as was a...more

Gaston Community Foundation announces scholarship recipients
Foundation: Gaston Community Foundation

During the fall of 2019, 118 students will be fulfilling their educational dreams and the dreams of their parents, thanks, in part, to the donors of...more

Girls on the Run gets $1500 grant
Foundation: Gaston Community Foundation

Girls on the Run Foothills has received a $1,500 grant from the Next ... to better health and self-esteem in our future leaders,” said Elizabeth Patton,...more



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