ND Nonprofit Awards

NDANO's annual North Dakota Nonprofit Awards recognize the exceptional efforts of individuals and organizations working to advance the North Dakota nonprofit sector, strengthen communities, and enhance quality of life in the state.

The 2014 nomination forms are available below. The deadline for submissions is April 1. Winners will be announced at the Nonprofit Leadership Conference in Bismarck on May 28-29.

Walt Odegaard Leadership Award

The Leadership Award is given to an individual who has made a difference by strengthening North Dakota and its nonprofit sector through his/her long-term commitment to leadership, volunteerism, and/or philanthropy. In 2007, it was renamed the Walt Odegaard Leadership Award in honor of one of NDANO’s founders. Individuals with more than 15 years of leadership experience are eligible for this award.

  • 2014 - Diane Zainhofsky
  • 2013 - William Pearce
  • 2012 – Ernest Borr
  • 2011 – Sandra Leyland
  • 2010 – Debra Johnson and Joseph Satrom
  • 2009 – Gordon Binek
  • 2008 – Orlin Backes
  • 2007 – Richard L. Brown
  • 2006 – Dave Marion
  • 2005 – Joe Alme
  • 2004 – Gerald Skogley
  • 2003 – Brenda Bjorlie
  • 2002 – Pat Berger
  • 2001 – Walt Odegaard
  • 2000 – North Dakota Community Foundation
  • 1999 – Roger Schwinhammer
  • 1998 – Cher Hersrud

Partnership Building Award

The Partnership Building Award (formally Innovation Award) is given to an organization that has demonstrated community leadership and built partnerships within the North Dakota nonprofit sector. Nonprofits, for-profit businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions are eligible for this award.

  • 2014 - Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota
  • 2013 - Marathon Oil Company
  • 2012 – North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People
  • 2011 – Beyond Shelter, Inc.
  • 2010 – Family HealthCare Center
  • 2009 – Bethel Lutheran Home and Bethel Lutheran Foundation
  • 2008 – The Village Family Service Center
  • 2007 – Farm Rescue
  • 2006 – Central Dakota Children’s Choir
  • 2005 – Dakota Heartland Champion Community
  • 2004 – Healthy Williston...Healthy Youth Coalition
  • 2003 – CHARISM
  • 2001 – Women & Technology

Emerging Leader Award

The Emerging Leader Award is given to an individual who has made a significant impact in strengthening the North Dakota nonprofit sector in a short amount of time through his/her commitment to leadership, volunteerism, and/or philanthropy. Individuals with 15 years or less of leadership experience are eligible for this award. This was a new award for 2013.

  • 2014 - Ty Hegland
  • 2013 - Luke Klefstad