Gold coins donated anonymously offer hope
In what has become an annual tradition at Christmas, the Wichita Community Foundation (WCF), on behalf of an anonymous donor, delivers gold coins to local nonprofits. The anonymous donor established the Gold Coin Society Fund 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 even more funds for the organizations. Each is currently valued at approximately $2,100.
This year, the Gold Coin Society Fund awarded coins to the following nonprofit organizations:
- Catholic Charities, Diocese of Wichita alleviates poverty and builds stable and strong families throughout 25 counties in south-central and southeast Kansas.
- Passageways provides hope to the lives of homeless military veterans through housing and support services.
- Wichita Public Schools provides unparalleled opportunities for students - in the classroom; by participation in service and extra-curricular activities; because of extraordinary and safe school facilities; regardless of ability, language needs, background.
“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
Previous gold coin recipients include:
- 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