Nonprofits receive a gold coin for their work in our community
On behalf of an anonymous donor, the Wichita Community Foundation delivers gold coins to local nonprofits annually as a holiday tradition. The anonymous donor established the Gold Coin Society Fund at WCF with the hope to inspire others to take similar action.
The first set of gold coins was distributed in 2005 to five area organizations. They are delivered with one request by the anonymous donor: use the coin to generate more funds for the nonprofits. Each gold coin is valued at approximately $1,900.
This year, the Gold Coin Society Fund awarded coins to the following nonprofit organizations:
- Heartspring is a leader and innovator in providing clinically supported services through education and therapy for children with special needs to empower them to grow and learn on a path to a more independent life
- Rainbows United enhances the lives of children with special needs and their families by bringing together community resources and providing customized services
- Starkey nurtures development and promotes independence of people with intellectual disabilities
“The tradition of the Gold Coin Society Fund is a perpetual gift. WCF is grateful to have the privilege to continue the anonymous donor’s legacy.” - Shelly Prichard, president and CEO of the Wichita Community Foundation
History of the gold coins
Previous gold coin recipients include:
- 2020 - Catholic Charities, Diocese of Wichita; Passageways, Wichita USD 259
- 2019 - Carpenter Place, Breakthrough (Episcopal Social Services) and Fundamental Learning Center
- 2018 - The Kansas Food Bank, The Salvation Army and Union Rescue Mission
- 2017 - Alzheimer's Association Central and Western Kansas, Inter-Faith Ministries and Hunter Health
- 2016 - Guadalupe Clinic and The Lord’s Diner