The SALT Block Foundation

One of the jewels of Catawba County is the SALT Block. Located in Hickory’s downtown, the “Block” is home to Catawba Science Center, Hickory Choral Society, Hickory Museum of Art, Patrick Beaver Memorial Library,  United Arts Council, and Western Piedmont Symphony. Together, these organizations serve more than 500,000 visitors annually.

The SALT Block Foundation (SBF) is responsible for overseeing the operation of the Block and provides the lion’s share of the occupancy costs for all of the above organizations except the library (which is a City of Hickory department).

The beauty of this arrangement is that the Foundation funds the vast majority of “mundane” buildings issues - things like utilities, building & grounds maintenance, capital replacement, building management, and security - leaving the resident organizations free to do what they do best:  providing the wonderful programs, exhibits, and activities that enhance our area’s quality of life.

A gift (tax deductible) to the SALT Block Foundation, now or in your estate, supports five organizations:

* Catawba Science Center
* Hickory Choral Society
* Hickory Museum of Art
* United Arts Council
* Western Piedmont Symphony

For more information, go to or contact: 

Mark Sinclair, Director of Development and Planned Giving
828-324-4906 (w)
828-446-7752 (c)
243 3rd Ave. NE Box 7
Hickory, NC  28601