By Debbie Kelley
This month, however, he got news that made him rethink his idea. His organization, White Bison, was named one of five winners of the Purpose Prize. The payout: $100,000.
The national award is run by a San Francisco-based think tank, Civic Ventures, and funded by various foundations. It recognizes social innovators over 60 years old and in “encore careers,” who are solving problems that face communities. This year’s winners, chosen from among 1,200 nominees, are being announced today.
Coyhis, 66, said the money will help catapult his organization to the next level—much like the white bison image he saw rising out of the ground while he was fasting in the Rampart Range mountains two decades ago, inspiring him to use his Indian culture to help his people overcome addiction.
For more on the subject, see Drunken Indians.
Below: "Don Coyhis is the founder of local nonprofit White Bison. He won a $100,00 national award for social innovation." (Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)