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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.

Congratulations to the 2018 North Dakota Nonprofit Award recipients!

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2018 Walt Odegaard Leadership Award

Sharon E. Buhr, founder of Young People's Healthy Heart Program, public health nutritionist and licensed registered dietitian at City County Health District in Valley City, is this year’s recipient of the Walt Odegaard Leadership Award. Buhr, throughout her life, has displayed exceptional leadership skills and character. She has led efforts to improve the health Barnes County residents, authored health-related publications, invented health-related products, obtained grants to provide health-related information to school districts across North Dakota, presented on health-related topics (locally, nationally and internationally), served on governing boards of numerous local and statewide nonprofit and governmental organizations, and served in various public health capacities in international settings (Liberia, South Africa and Peru).

FM Coalition for Homeless Persons

2018 Partnership Building Award

The Fargo-Moorhead Coalition for Homeless Persons (FMCHP) is the recipient of the 2018 Partnership Building Award. FMCHP was the lead agency in developing and implementing the Coordinated Assessment Referral and Evaluation System (CARES) that works to prioritize housing for those most in need. To make CARES a reality, FMCHP partnered with multiple local housing authorities, Community Action agencies, emergency shelters, and countless human service agencies.

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2018 Emerging Leader Award

Dayna Del Val, president and CEO of The Arts Partnership (TAP) in Fargo, is this year’s recipient of the Emerging Leader Award. In her eight years at TAP, Del Val has been a consistent champion for all the arts across the entire Fargo-Moorhead area and, in her time as board president of Arts North Dakota, across the state. She leads a strong cohort of community arts leaders, regularly writes and speaks about the important role the arts play in the development of communities, and effectively communicates the significant economic impact of the arts.


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.