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Contribute to the work of the Foundation

Combined with the financial support of others, your gift builds up the endowment. The stronger the endowment becomes over time, the greater the potential for earnings that can be turned around and awarded as charitable grants here in the Gorge. It’s giving at its greatest level because it makes a lasting impact and it truly defines coming full circle with your investment. You get to see some of the impact now, but the greatest impact is made beyond your own lifetime.

The Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation has positioned itself to build and strengthen the fabric of our community. We are laying the groundwork for the home of tomorrow, one that we may not see, but one that our children and grandchildren will.

That’s because we consider donations to the Foundation to be investments, and the earnings are invested back into the Gorge by way of grants to organizations and people you care about the most. The more you give, the more we can give to them.


Your gift is your permanent legacy to the Hickory Nut Gorge community, and a lasting, unique way to ensure that those you love will be able to enjoy this place for generations to come.

The Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation is focused on directing donations to support the arts, education, nature conservation/wildlife protection, economic vitality, enhanced health and quality of life. To learn more about the Foundation and its Board, check out the About Us page, and to learn how your donation can make a difference, check out Our Impact page.

For your convenience, we accept donations via PayPal, by mail with a  check, or through a planned gift.

Legacy Leaders

$250 Annual Gift

An annual gift of $250 for 10 years, Legacy Leaders' donations directly fund the Endowment from which grants are awarded to the community.

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Builder's Circle

$500 Annual Gift

An annual gift of $500 for 10 years, Builder's Circle donations contribute to an operating fund which supports the costs associated with promoting Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation and the Endowment it stewards. This includes administrative, marketing, and fundraising efforts.

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One Time Donations

You may a make one-time donation for any amount to the Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation in your own name, or in the honor of a person or organization. 

Please make your donations by Dec. 31st of each year to take advantage of year-end tax benefits.

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Planned Giving

Support the Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation in a significant and lasting manner by making a Planned Gift.


Your Planned Gift will play a part in protecting and preserving what we have now and in the future long after you are gone. Ensure Hickory Nut Gorge outlasts all of us for generations to come by remembering the Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation in your will, trust or life insurance. No gift has a more lasting impact. 


For more information please contact us.

How To Donate

Donor Testimonials

“The Lake Lure Classical Academy is a true community school...built to serve the families in the area and dependent upon the support of local leaders, volunteers and organizations...The Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation has been an important supporter...Their grants have helped to underwrite recruiting and promotional events that have helped to grow our enrollment to over 300 students.”  

Chris Braund - Former School Board Advisor, Lake Lure Classical Academy

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“We (Friends of Hickory Nut Gorge) received this ($500) contribution with appreciation and pride in being recognized by a high quality organization such as yours. Rest assured we will use it with to further our work to protect and enhance the natural heritage, health, and integrity of the place we call home, the Hickory Nut Gorge.”

Diana Richards - President, Friends of Hickory Nut Gorge

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"The support of the Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation was critical in the development of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge as a garden gateway to the diversity and beauties of the Gorge. By giving generous support to the Foundation it will foster long-term support of the Flowering Bridge and many other community/area organizations and services."

Bill Miller - Chairman, Friends of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

“Thank you for your gracious support! This certainly ensures completion of Phase 1 of Garden 1. We’re elated about this partnership...The community [Hickory Nut Gorge] is very fortunate to have a Foundation such as HNG Foundation”

John Cullen - Creator/Builder, The Little Garden that Grew", Mtn. Branch Library

"...I wish to express our gratitude to...the Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation for the $2,000 grant to support the purchase of Telemedicine equipment for the the School-Based Health Center at the Lake Lure Classical Academy."

Richard Hudspeth, MD CEO, Blue Ridge Health

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Years of Giving





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