Lake Lure's beloved Mayor. Kevin Cooley, passed away May 15th, following complications from cardiac arrest on May 2nd. Kevin was a tremendous leader in the community and a valuable contributor of his time and talent to the Foundation's board of directors. Our board is grateful for the opportunity to have worked alongside Kevin for the betterment of a place he loved.
The Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation (HNGF) was founded in 2006 by the late James P. Dunn and his wife, Susan. Along with a handful of friends and supporters, the organization was formed out of our mutual desire to put the words, “leaving a place better than you found it,” into tangible results.
In its simplest terms, the Foundation was created as an endowment that will last forever. Our purpose is to help preserve, improve and serve the environment, wildlife and people who live in the Gorge, both now and in the future.
Our organization awards grants to nonprofit organizations in the Gorge. Giving to the HNGF makes a permanent difference for future generations that will live in the Gorge. That’s because the earnings from your financial gifts are invested back into the Gorge. It becomes a legacy that outlasts our own lives.
Assets to consider in planning your gifs include cash, securities, life insurance or real estate. By pooling gifts of all sizes, we can provide significant support for local needs.
Gifts in honor or memory of friends and family are always welcome.
You may give as little or and much as you wish. There is no set limit on contribution.
Other Meaningful Ways to Give
• Include the Foundation in your will and in your estate planning
• Work on one of our many volunteer committees
• Join the board
• Tell your friends & neighbors about us
• Become a sponsor of the annual Community Impact Awards Gala
The Gorge residents and those of nearby communities have longed for primary health care closer to home to avoid a lengthy round trip for family check-ups, routine tests and special medical supplies. Thanks to the Mountain Area...
Helping the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Community Center in Gerton renovate its kitchen. This building is one of the oldest community centers in the state of North Carolina and...
Chairman - Bob Keith
Vice-Chairman - Peter O'Leary
Treasurer - Jack Barton
Secretary - Dawn Regan
Ann Herman-Nedhi, a Founder
James P. Dunn, a Founder
Valerie A. Hoffman
Thomas McKay , a Founder
Andy Bell, Advisor
We are responsible for the future of the Gorge.
We are responsible to and for each other.
We strive to do the best thing, for the best reason, in the best way.
On appearances, the grants we award are not big and splashy in terms of specific amounts, but they are significant in far more lasting ways.
As a small early-stage community foundation, building up the endowment upon which it exists, is vitally important. It is the only significant way in which to deepen the impact of the organization over time.