More than 50 Idahoans Receive Awards for Volunteerism and Philanthropy


For Immediate Release: Oct. 23, 2020
Media Contact: Renee Bade,

More than 50 Idahoans will be honored at the Idaho Philanthropy Day award presentations in November at regional celebrations.

“Every year the selection process becomes harder and harder,” said Amy Little, CEO of the Idaho Nonprofit Center. “Idaho has so many impressive citizens and we cannot wait to give their generosity center stage this fall.”

Winners were chosen by the Idaho Philanthropy Day judges committee after studying each nomination to decide which ones best encompass the spirit of philanthropy including time, talent, treasure and involvement in the community.

All winners for each category have been published except the three regional Gov. Cecil D. Andrus Volunteer of the Year awards, which will be announced live at each celebration. The list of winners can be found on the Idaho Nonprofit Center website.

The Idaho Philanthropy Day ceremonies will be hosted virtually. Serve Idaho program supervisor Renee Bade said, “Our main goal will always be to recognize the folks who invest in their communities and show them our appreciation. Moving online will not stop us from cheering them on.”

The awards will be emceed by George Prentice, host of Boise State Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Prentice has been a key player in Idaho’s nonprofit sector and is a past recipient of Serve Idaho’s Brightest Star award. Dan Prinzing, executive director of the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, will give the keynote address and speak on the importance of individual giving.

Each online award ceremony will be broadcasted live via the Idaho Nonprofit Center Facebook and YouTube pages.

• Northern Idaho: Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. – noon PT

• Southwestern Idaho: Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. – noon MT

• Eastern Idaho: Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. – noon MT

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Idaho Philanthropy Day is organized by Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism and the Idaho Nonprofit Center. The annual ceremonies were revitalized in 2017 by Idaho Association of Fundraising Professionals, Idaho Community Foundation, Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation and Idaho Nonprofit Center. In 2020, Serve Idaho partnered with the Idaho Nonprofit Center to recognize outstanding volunteers and philanthropists, replacing the Idaho’s Brightest Stars previously hosted by Serve Idaho.

The awards are presented by Wells Fargo with additional sponsors Thrivent, Clif Bar, the Advocates, Rotary Club of Boise Centennial, Fluor Idaho, Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation and First Nonprofit.

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