The Community Foundation Run is an annual fundraising event for local nonprofits facilitated by the Foundation. On the day of the Run, over 5,000 people come together for one of the biggest celebrations of community spirit and support in the county.

When:

SAVE THE DATE! The 2022 Run will be held IN PERSON on Saturday, April 9, 2022.

Where:

Downtown Gastonia, Rotary Pavilion

What:

5K Run, 2K Fun Walk

Who:

Walkers and runners of all ages, participating non-profits

How:

To participate in the Community Foundation Run, nonprofits are required to attend an informational meeting. The meetings will be held virtually via Zoom beginning in October. Please join the meeting on time as the meeting will close once the presentation begins and you will not be able to join after the meeting has started.

On the day of the Run, over 5,000 people come together for one of the biggest celebrations of community spirit and support in the county. The day is filled with a 5k Run and 2k Fun Walk. The magic of a community celebration, combined with ease of giving has increased awareness about the work of local organizations and has enabled them to raise over $22 million in the last seventeen years.

Dollars given to the Match Fund will be applied to the matching grant, which benefits ALL participating nonprofits. Dollars earmarked for certain nonprofits will go to the specific organization(s) named. For qualifying agencies, up to $10,000 of total dollars raised will be matched by a percentage based on a ratio of the total amount of dollars collected in the match pot compared to the amount of eligible donor contributions. Gaston County schools share a $15,000 cap.


History of the Run

As a way to celebrate the Community Foundation’s 25th anniversary, the first “Run for the Money” event was held March 29, 2003. Building on an idea from the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, Linda Slade and May Barger co-chaired the event and modeled it after the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole's Old Bill's Fun Run for Charities.

After eighteen consecutive years, the success of the event has been proclaimed by participating non profits, community leaders, runners, walkers, donors, sponsors and all participants. To celebrate the success of the Run, the Board voted in 2014 to change the name to the Community Foundation Run.

Click here to Download the 2021 Run Brochure

Click here for the 2020 Virtual Race Results

$23,489,793 has been raised over the past 19 years, with an impressive match of 49% in 2021! We can't wait to see what the 2022 Community Foundation race holds!