• Optimist Park
  • Rotary Pavillion
  • Biggers Mural
  • Playground at Martha Rivers Park
  • Tech Works
  • Now Outreach
  • Web Street


The Carrie E. and Lena V. Glenn Foundation was established in 1971 by two Gaston County, North Carolina sisters, one a public school teacher and the other a librarian. Since 1972, we have sought to provide charitable contributions where “they are needed the most and will do the most good.” Aside from the founding documents, this is the only guidance Carrie and Lena Glenn gave to the Foundation’s board members.

Our Values Statements

  • We will maintain integrity, transparency and practice good stewardship in all operations and deliberations.
  • We will promote self-reliance and independence of grantees in our grant making.
  • We will make grants free of self-dealing or other conflicts of interest.
  • We will partner with other community organizations, when appropriate, for the good of the community.
  • We will promote fairness and equity, without discrimination, in all our operations.
  • We will strive to maintain a diverse board of directors whose pulse is on the community.

Our Mission

Our mission is to perpetuate the legacy of the Glenn sisters by providing resources where they are most needed to do the most good for the greater Gaston community. 


The Glenn Foundation has concluded deliberations for the 2020 grant cycle and made 26 grants totaling $230,000.  Grants ranged in size from $2,500 to $25,000.  For a complete list of 2020 grants, click on the Announcements page. 

Deadline for 2020 applications is Monday, March 1, 2021.  Application packets are not available on this website.  Use the Contact Us tab to request an application form.  The 2021 Application form will be available in November 2020.