By Tommy Hartzog

The Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation was founded to provide flexibility and options for future residents and leaders of our beloved community. It is not an “instant gratification” organization. Our tagline “giving beyond the horizon” says it all.

We all, in our personal and business lives, accept and understand the fundamental principle of saving and investing. We all sleep better and feel more secure when we have access to money in times of unexpected need or for discretionary expenditures. It is a Biblical concept and it has proven itself to contribute to a richer and less stressful life.


Our Foundation belongs to all of the people who reside in this exceptional area of the world. The principal funds reside in a well managed, highly regulated and Federally endorsed component fund. Investment gains are distributed conservatively to our community on an annual basis and have provided leaders the opportunity to assist many projects over the years. At present, we are distributing $5,000-$6,000 per year back into the community while still growing the principal each year. What will that number look like in 2030, 2040 and 2050? Growing the principal amount will give leaders the opportunity to do a lot of good for critical causes in the years after we are gone.

Please give thought and prayer to donating now and leaving money to the Foundation in your will.

We all love this place, and the greatest legacy you can leave is to have your family name listed in our roster of those that gave………… Beyond the Horizon.