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  • Peirone Prize Winner — Virla Spencer
  • Peirone Prize Winner — Virla Spencer

    Virla Spencer is so effective in her work because she’s lived the struggle
      When Virla Spencer visited district court on work business one day this summer, a woman she didn’t recognize reached through the clerk’s window and grabbed her arm. “I love you
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  • Still Sequestered
  • Still Sequestered

    The sequester has disappeared from headlines, but it’s still very much a reality for people served by local nonprofits
      In a Southern drawl, homeowner Richard Tennant reels off the long list of medical travails that put him on disability. “It’s pretty complex,” Tennant says. “Thirteen stents, had
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  • Voices for the Voiceless
  • Voices for the Voiceless

    Local advocates fight for the rights of people with developmental disabilities
      Ask Greg Terhaar anything about Western civilization ” the Peloponnesian Wars, the Congress of Vienna, both Roosevelt presidencies ” and he will fill you in, passionately and articulately, on all the
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  • Play On
  • Play On

    Despite funding concerns, music and arts nonprofits tap into creativity
      The screeching of the saw can be heard all the way down the hall. Upon entering the workshop, the amount of colorful wooden creations hanging from the ceiling and displayed on shelves overwhelms the s
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  • About the Peirone Prize
  • About the Peirone Prize

      Welcome to our 13th annual Give Guide and our fourth Peirone Prize awards. The Peirone name (pronounced “Purr-ohn”) is dear to The Inlander ” Joe and Alice Peirone were my grandparents, an
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  • Peirone Prize Winner — Keirsten Hess
  • Peirone Prize Winner — Keirsten Hess

    A military mother dedicates her life to serving those who served
      As several white-haired veterans file into the dining room, Keirsten Hess kneels to greet each one, crouching down beside their wheelchairs to offer hugs and whisper warm welcomes into their ears.
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  • Peirone Prize Winner — Keith Kelley
  • Peirone Prize Winner — Keith Kelley

    How one man is working to improve West Central, from education to business
      They call the kids “dreamers.” They’re a class of seventh graders from Lidgerwood Elementary, selected by nonprofit Reach for the Future when they were in second grade to receive col
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  • Give Smarter
  • Give Smarter

      If you had a dollar for every charity that wants your donation, you’d be rich ” but still not rich enough to support them all. So how do you choose? With reports about lavish CEO pay and warning
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