Nominations Open for Idaho’s Outstanding Volunteers and Philanthropists


For Immediate Release: June 14, 2021
Media Contact: Renee Bade,

Nominations for the annual Idaho Philanthropy Day awards are now open. Each year, Idaho volunteers and philanthropists are honored for outstanding contributions to their communities. Three regional virtual events will take place in November to recognize winners from eastern, northern and southwestern Idaho.

Idaho Philanthropy Day logo“Idaho’s volunteers provide enormous benefits to our people and communities across the state. It is important that we take the time to recognize those individuals who give so much back to our state by volunteering their time and talent to improve the lives of those around them,” Idaho Gov. Brad Little said.

The program organizers, Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, and the Idaho Nonprofit Center, encourage community members to nominate their neighbors online at Submissions will be accepted through July 19, 2021. Categories include:

      • Outstanding Philanthropic Company/Foundation
      • Outstanding Nonprofit
      • Outstanding Adult Philanthropist
      • Outstanding Adult Volunteer – Idaho’s Brightest Star
      • Outstanding Youth

In addition to these categories, the Gov. Ceil D. Andrus Volunteer of the Year award will be presented to a nominee in each region.

Alina Rahim, who was the 2020 Governor Cecil D. Andrus Volunteer of the Year Award winner for eastern Idaho, said “Receiving the Cecil D. Andrus Governor’s legacy award was such a great honor. It highlighted the importance of working within one’s community to initiate change and craft community-based relationships. I am forever grateful to have been nominated and to have received this high recognition. So many wonderful opportunities have come from this recognition, but I have felt so fulfilled knowing my work has sparked initiation in others.”

Bill “Action” Jackson, winner of the 2020 Governor Cecil D. Andrus Volunteer of the Year award for southwestern Idaho stated, “It was an unexpected honor receiving the Idaho Nonprofit Center’s award for Outstanding Adult Philanthropist and the Governor Cecil D. Andrus Volunteer of the Year Award.  I humbly accepted both awards, because they validated the sacrifices made by Idahoans who supported me in my efforts to improve the lives of Idaho youth.”

Partners for the event include the Idaho Association of Fundraising Professionals, Idaho Community Foundation, Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation and the Idaho Nonprofit Center.

The mission of Serve Idaho is “To inspire and recognize volunteers and empower communities through service and AmeriCorps to address Idaho’s unmet needs.”

Serve Idaho, a division of the Idaho Department of Labor, encourages voluntary public service and volunteerism throughout the state. It administers Idaho’s National Service Program, AmeriCorps, provides technical assistance in volunteer management and celebrates the outstanding contributions of Idaho’s volunteers. The Serve Idaho Commission is funded in part by AmeriCorps the agency the Idaho Department of Labor.