Why Support Us?
The Hickory Nut Gorge

It isn’t that you shouldn’t support other worthwhile causes and organizations. As we often point out, chances are pretty good that the organizations you have supported have benefitted from the grants that we make through the support of our donors.

The Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation has positioned itself to build and strengthen the fabric of our community in the Gorge. It can be said that in many ways we are laying the groundwork for the home of tomorrow, one that we may not see. But our children and grandchildren will.

And if we do our jobs right, they will grow up to support the Gorge too. That is our hope and our vision.

Another reason to support the work of the Foundation is that we are very intentional about who and how the organization is led.

A Dynamic Blend of Skills makes the Foundation Board the true strength behind our Organization

Did you know that nine out of the 13 board members for the Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation have either a full-time or part-time job or manage their own business!  And yet, these volunteers still find time to campaign for funds to grow the endowment and be prudent stewards of grants back to Gorge non-profits.  It’s notable that three members are volunteer firemen, rescuers, whose vigilance safeguards the Gorge.

One board member serves as an officer on the Board of Education for Lake Lure Classical Academy.  The current Lake Lure Mayor lends his skills as a committee leader on our board.  The former mayor is our board chairman and also chairs the Rutherford County HOSPICE Volunteers’ Board.  This same former mayor is the co-founder and 15-year developer of the Lake Lure Olympiad Sports Festival, whose participants infuse thousands of dollars annually into our economy, promote Gorge tourism and have raised, collectively, $270K since 2005 for area non-profits.  Four of our board are quite active members of the HNG Chamber of Commerce and four others serve as church elders.  We are quite proud to have one member who is a commissioner in Chimney Rock Village and is a member of the Chimney Rock Village Community Development Association.

We are quite fortunate that our board members – all 13 of them – bring such a cross-section of talents and professions from their former and current vocations.  Their professional experiences and problem-solving skills provide a valuable resource to draw on when they act as stewards of donors gifts.  These talents span different vocations among which are the following.

  • Sales-Marketing Management    
  • Banking & Portfolio Management
  • Real Estate Development
  • Certified Public Accounting
  • Real Estate Sales & Brokerage    
  • Computer-Electronics Technology Consulting
  • Certified Financial Planning                                        
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Municipal Governance
  • Residential-Commercial Architecture
  • County Tourism Development (TDA)                        
  • Retail Ownership & Entrepreneurial Business
  • Financial Services Software Development
  • Resort Governance & Strategic Planning
  Now that you know who we are and how the organization is managed,  you can rest assured that making an unrestricted gift is one of the best ways to leave a personal legacy to the community you love.

We have defined several areas where your support can make a difference:

• Enhancing and Protecting the Environment

• Advancing the Arts

• Assisting People in Need

• Building Community

• Supporting Economic Vitality

• Promoting Quality Health

• Supporting Education