The Community Foundation of Teton Valley was honored to receive an award for Outstanding Philanthropic Organization, along with other volunteers and philanthropists from across Idaho, at Idaho Philanthropy Day’s virtual award ceremony on November 15, 2022.
“Volunteering is an important aspect of the Idaho way of life. Every year we honor our neighbors who donate time and talent to help their communities thrive,” Governor Brad Little said.
Winners were chosen by the event’s 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. This annual event is jointly organized by Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, and the Idaho Nonprofit Center. The full list of winners can be found at IdahoNonprofits.org.
“It is truly a wonderful thing to share these stories with all Idahoans. We hope that everyone is inspired to be more involved with their communities after seeing what can be done,” Idaho Nonprofit Center C.E.O. Kevin Bailey said.
The Idaho Philanthropy Day ceremony was streamed online to showcase the effect of volunteerism at deeper level. Each honoree had a short video highlighting their award-winning work. The Community Foundation was additionally honored with a live spotlight during the event, in which outgoing Executive Director, Tim Adams reiterated what an honor it is to receive the award and how it “solidifies and confirms the value of the work we’ve brought to our community.” As the backbone of rural Idaho communities, volunteers and the act of philanthropy are incredibly important to honor and celebrate. Viewers heard from community members impacted, colleagues, and the winners themselves.
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 sponsored by Wells Fargo, Idaho Central Credit Union, Bloomerang, Auction Frogs, Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation, and the Advocates.