Your investment in United Way of Gaston County supports the building blocks for a good life: Education, Income and Health. Together, united, we can accomplish more than any single group can on its own.
Population in our Service Area: 220,182
Lives reached by United Way funded programs in 2018-19: 72,626 Donation Sources
- Individual Employee Contributions: 72%
- Corporate Gifts: 19%
- Individual Gifts (not part of the employee workplace campaign): 6%
- Special Events and Other Sources: 3%
- Number of People Served by United Way of Gaston County Funded Programs: 72,626 annually
2019 Campaign Co-Chairs
Joel and Steven Long
Past Campaign Leadership
2018 Campaign Co-Chairs
Bob and Janet Spencer
2017 Campaign Chairs
Tom, Craig and Rob Watson, Watson Insurance
2016 Campaign Chair
Larry Bumgardner, FMC Lithium
2015 Campaign Co-Chairs
Tim Efird & Lewis Efird
Jeffrey Booker, Gaston County Schools Superintendent
2013 Campaign Co-Chairs
James Allen, American & Efird – Sheree Hall, BBSI
2012 Campaign Co-Chairs
Maribeth Jenkins, Surge Marketing – Tracy Philbeck, Treescape
2011 Campaign Co-Chairs
Judy Leahy, Gaston County Schools – Jason Shoemaker, Mullen, Holland, & Cooper P.A.
2010 Campaign Co-Chairs
Alan Cloninger, Gaston County Sheriff – Jacqueline Ammons, Gaston College
2009 Campaign Co-Chairs Jay Smith, Edward Jones Investments – Lisa Boggs, Boggs Marketing
Are you running your organizations United Way employee campaign? This section of our web site provides tools and tips to make your effort a success!
For forms not on this page, call 704-864-4554 x103 or send an Email and we would be happy to get you whatever you need!
Alexis de Tocqueville Society
Alexis de Tocqueville, a French nobleman, came to America to study our independent republic society. Throughout his works, de Tocqueville noted the “surprising” quality of American citizens to help each other, the spirit of altruism and benevolence.
“When an American asks for the cooperation of his fellow citizens, it is seldom refused; and I have often seen it afforded spontaneously, and with great good will.”
- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835
The Alexis de Tocqueville Society is a leadership giving program founded in the spirit expressed by de Tocqueville. With gifts of $10,000 or more, de Tocqueville leaders demonstrate concern and compassion for others. Such leaders display energy, purpose, a sincere belief in the common good, and determination to build stronger families and communities through their actions.
The David R. LaFar III Leadership Society
To recognize the late David Robertson LaFar III, whose philanthropy and leadership set a firm foundation for future growth, the United Way of Gaston County introduced a new level of leadership giving in 1995, the David R. LaFar III Leadership Society.
Mr. LaFar was a supporter of many community organizations, including United Way of Gaston County, Gaston County Family YMCA, Piedmont Council – Boy Scouts of America, First Presbyterian Church, and the Rotary Club of Gastonia.
The David R. LaFar III Leadership Society recognizes donors whose gifts range from $1,000 to $9,999. Levels of giving within this society are as follows:
- Chairman’s Level: $5,000 – $9,999
- President’s Level: $2,000 – $4,999
- Executive’s Level: $1,000 – $1,999
A program for planned gifts provides donors an opportunity to further demonstrate their commitment to our community through the Human Care Endowment. The donor who makes a planned gift is not always a person of wealth, but is interested in making a lasting contribution for the people of Gaston County.
The Human Care Endowment Fund allows donors to create a lasting statement about their vision for our community’s future, while receiving full advantage of tax deductions and tax savings. Planned gifts of stock, bequests, and other alternative giving options may also be made.
Contact the United Way at 704-864-4554, for more information.
START A CAMPAIGN
Each year, nearly 100 businesses support United Way of the Gaston County by running a workplace giving campaign. Participation is not just a way for companies to show their community support.
By allowing your coworkers to pay their pledges through payroll deduction, you empower them with the ability to help dozens of agencies and programs for only a handful of dollars a week. Our resource development staff will be happy to help you customize your campaign, making it fun and engaging regardless of the size of your organization.
Contact United Way’s Campaign Manager, or Donor Relations Associate, Leigh Spach, to connect with your own personal campaign manager and get started today!
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Become a United Way Campaign Cabinet Member
Campaign Cabinet Member’s have the opportunity to work with key community leaders, are exposed to critical issues facing our community, and enhance their public speaking, team building, leadership, and sales skills. They assist our Resource Development Department in developing, conducting and providing report for organizations during their annual workplace campaigns.
Campaign Cabinet Member’s volunteer 5-10 hours a week during the months of September – November.
For information on the Campaign Cabinet program, contact Leigh Spach. Call: 704-864-4554 Ext. 103.
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Donations to United Way of Gaston County help to support more than 50 organizations and programs in our community. Those programs made a difference in the lives of 90,000 people each year, and many could not remain open if not for the support that they receive from United Way. Every little bit helps.