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ND Nonprofit Awards

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The purpose of the NDANO Awards Program is to recognize the efforts of individuals and organizations working to advance the North Dakota nonprofit sector, strengthen communities and enhance quality of life in the state. Winners were announced at the 2017 Nonprofit Leadership Conference in Fargo in June.


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.

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.

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.