In a joint press conference Monday, three Lindsborg organizations announced the largest gift in each of their respective histories. In total, the Lindsborg community received more than $15 million from the David J. Nutt Trust. The McPherson County Community Foundation received over $7.4 million. Bethany College and the Lindsborg Community Hospital were gifted more than $3. 7 million each. Other beneficiaries of the trust are Trinity United Methodist Church, The Lindsborg Community Library and The McPherson Old Mill Museum and Bethany Home.
In the trust document, Mr. Nutt was specific in stating the reasons funds were gifted to each of the organizations. To the Lindsborg/ON Fund of the McPherson County Community Foundation a 50 percent endowment was given for the education, health, and quality of life in the Lindsborg Community. Bethany College received 25 percent of the trust to continue the college’s uplifting influence on the community and in gratitude for the kindness of two former Bethany college librarians, who were also Mr. Nutt’s neighbors, Vendla and Edla Wahlin. They provided Mr. Nutt’s first paid work experience by hiring him to do chores as a child, and they encouraged him to continue his education beyond high school. The Lindsborg Community Hospital received 25 percent in appreciation of the care Mr. Nutt’s parents received during their later years.
The other beneficiaries also received praise and cause for their gifts. Trinity United Methodist Church, in appreciation for the religious instruction Mr. Nutt enjoyed there as a child and the support of his family, received $100,000. The Lindsborg Community Library received $100,000 to celebrate the benefits a good library brings to the community. In the trust document, Mr. Nutt stated the information gleaned in community libraries was largely responsible for his investment successes. McPherson County Old Mill Museum also received $100,000 to aid in the preservation of McPherson County history.