The Pearl Dixon Balthis Foundation

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Mission

To improve the quality of life of the people of Gaston County, North Carolina, primarily through grants to religious and educational organizations.

Application deadlines

April 15 and October 15

Program areas

Education
Human services
Religion

States served

North Carolina

Geographic limitations

There are no geographic limitations; however, the trust has a practice of primarily supporting organizations located in or benefitting Gaston County, North Carolina, with some exception for organizations specifically recommended by the donor that are located outside of this area.

Trustees

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Corporate Co-Trustee with individuals.

Grants are made exclusively for charitable purposes to organizations that will help improve the quality of life of the people of Gaston County, North Carolina, with some exception for organizations specifically recommended by the donor that are located outside of this area.

Grant requirements

  • Organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.
  • Organizations must be located in or benefit the residents of Gaston County, North Carolina, with some exception for organizations specifically recommended by the donor that are located outside of this area.

Average giving

Average grant size: $2,500 to $20,000
Average number of grants per year: 10
Average total giving per year: $65,000

Application period and deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications must be submitted by April 15 to be reviewed at the May grant meeting and October 15 to be reviewed at the November grant meeting.

Communications

Applicants will receive an automated email confirming their submission. Grant decisions are generally communicated by May and December for applications received by the deadlines.

Required agreements and reports

Periodic progress reports and final reports may be required for funded projects.

About the Foundation

The Pearl Dixon Balthis Foundation was established by W. L. Balthis in 1959 in memory of his late wife, who died on November 21, 1948. Mr. Balthis was a longtime resident of Gastonia, North Carolina, and he worked as a cotton broker during the growth of North Carolina’s textile industry. Mr. Balthis died on September 12, 1968. Due to his generosity, the Gaston County community will benefit for many years to come.