Grantee Press Kit
Congratulations on your grant approval!
Your program is important and worthy of media attention. Publicity and media coverage will help ensure the success of the funded project, your organization and the Community Foundation. To help you communicate the impact of your work, we have provided a Grantee Press Kit.
The Community Foundation is always interested in capturing the stories of our grantees. Compelling storytelling helps communicate to our donors the importance of supporting projects like yours. We often feature stories of our grantees in our marketing materials, including our newsletters and annual report. If you have a story that you would like to share, please contact Erin Wiggins, Programs Officer.
The following materials are intended for the use of the Community Foundation grantees and will help you get the recognition your project and organization deserve. Here are some suggested ways to announce your project’s grant award:
- Issue a press release announcing the grant award, always try to include pictures of the program and check presentation, along with the Community Foundation Logo and the logo of your organization. Utilize the Sample Press Release as a guideline. Options for sending out a press release: The Belmont Banner, The Charlotte Observer, The Gaston Gazette, WBTV.
- Consider hosting events to mark your project's major milestones. Include donors, elected officials and community leaders in photo opportunities. Invite media to cover the event and distribute a pre- and post-event press release with the newsworthy highlights, as appropriate.
Offline & Online Publications
- Feature the grant award in newsletters, eblasts, social media, donor update letters and on your website. Include a compelling photo of the project or the residents you are serving, the check presentation, etc.
- Utilize the Sample Newsletter Article as a guideline.
Inform Your Government Representatives
- Letters from community organizations help legislators understand the importance of investing public funds in Gaston County.
- List of elected officials serving Gaston County.
- Utilize the Sample Letter to help you get started.
- Take advantage of opportunities to capture and share appealing images. The Community Foundation features grant recipients in our printed publications, on our website and on our Facebook page/ Instagram. Please share your images with us. With advance notice, we can often arrange to attend events or visit programs.
- We encourage you to use the Community Foundation Logo where suitable. For a different version of our logo, contact Erin Wiggins.
Our Name and Organizational Description
- Please use “Gaston Community Foundation” when referring to the organization. When including a description, please use the following:
The Gaston Community Foundation is the leading steward of philanthropic giving by connecting donors with community needs to enhance the lives of present and future generations. Since inception, over 40 years ago, the nonprofit organization has invested more than $100 million in grants and scholarships. At its core, the Community Foundation is an organization created with gifts from generous people committed to local causes. For donors, the Foundation serves as a philanthropic advisor. For the community, the Foundation serves as a grant maker and a civic leader. Through the support of its donors and fundholders, the Foundation has been able to address some of the community’s most pressing needs, including hunger, housing and education. For more information, visit cfgaston.org.
Share your story
- The Community Foundation would like to hear how a grant from the Foundation helped your organization. If you would like to share your story of impact from a grant at the Foundation, please send a narrative to Erin Wiggins. Video stories are encouraged as well.
Visit the Community Foundation's Facebook to share the buzz after receiving your grant!