Idahoans Receive Awards for Volunteerism and Philanthropy


For Immediate Release: Oct. 22, 2021
Media Contact: Renee Bade, Renee Bade

More than 40 Idahoans will be honored at the Idaho Philanthropy Day award presentations in November at regional celebrations.

“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,” Gov. Brad Little said.

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 at

The Idaho Philanthropy Day ceremonies will be streamed online again this year. Idaho Nonprofit Center CEO Kevin Bailey said, “2020 was a hard year on everyone but because we had to go virtual last year, we were able to showcase the winners at a much higher level. We cannot wait to share more inspiring stories with our generous state.”

The awards will be emceed by the anchors of KIVI News Channel 6 in Meridian, Idaho. The local station won Outstanding Media Company at the 2020 Idaho Philanthropy Day and is always lifting up the voices of nonprofits and volunteers. Bailey of the Idaho Nonprofit Center will give the keynote address and speak on the impact of nonprofits have in every Idahoan’s life.

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

  • Northern Idaho: Nov. 4 from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. PT
  • Eastern Idaho: Nov. 9 from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. MT
  • Southwestern Idaho: Nov. 10 from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. MT

To RSVP for your local event, go to

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 Thrivent and with additional sponsors Idaho Central Credit Union, Wells Fargo, Lookout Credit Union, ESI Cares Foundation, Bloomerang, Innovia, the Advocates, Idaho Falls Downtown Development, Kootenai Health Foundation, Inc.,Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, St. Vincent de Paul of North Idaho, Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation, and the Idaho Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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