Over its 26-year life, the Wharf mine has provided substantial benefits to the local community and the South Dakota state government. Wharf continues to provide benefits to the community through direct employment of locals, and local purchase of goods and services wherever possible. In addition, we are making efforts to support the community's future economy, including plans to develop one of the reclaimed areas with the physical contours that will enable a future ski resort.
$1 Million Goldcorp-Wharf Sustainable Prosperity Fund endowed to Wharf community charities and nonprofits
The community of Lead, South Dakota received a million-dollar endowment fund, intended as an enduring legacy for local non-profit and charitable organizations. The fund was the brainchild of Bill Shand, the mine's General Manager, and Ron Everett, the Administrative Manager. The $1 million is the biggest single charitable contribution the Wharf operation has ever made, and the largest that the South Dakota Community Foundation has ever received. The fund is already providing support for local organizations, but Shand and Everett are not done. They intend to continue increasing the fund as long as the mine is in operation for a sustaining endowment that will continue long after the mine has closed.
"This is transformational for a community like Lead. Not only will this fund make a difference today, but it will continue to serve the ever-changing needs of Lead residents for future generations." -- Bob Sutton, President of the South Dakota Community Foundation