Friday, July 29, 2016

Nominate locals doing good for the Inlander's philanthropy issue

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 11:45 AM

For the last six year, the Inlander’s annual Give Guide has given a much-deserved “thank you” to individuals in the Inland Northwest working to make their community a better place.
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Once again, we’re seeking nominations from you, our readers, of people who are having a real impact.

After giving nominations a close look, we’ll pick three individuals to receive the Peirone Prize, which comes with a cash award and special recognition in our Give Guide. We know there are dedicated people of all ages working hard to make the Inland Northwest a better place but, in part to encourage younger people to give back, our focus is on individuals under 40 (ish).

Do you know someone working tirelessly in the nonprofit sector on animals, arts, community, social justice, wellness/nutrition, youth, education, environment or another areas? If so, we’d like to hear from you.

If you'd like to submit a nomination, send it to us by August 5 to You can use this form to tell us the person's name and age, and include a few sentences or paragraphs on why you think they deserve to be recognized. If you have any questions, sent me an email at

To get a sense of what we’re looking for, here is a list of winners from past years:

Rebecca Schroeder, a champion for families dealing with cystic fibrosis
Stephanie Boyle dedicated her life to helping people with developmental disabilities live more independent lives.
Jessie Isadore, a young member of the Kalispel Tribe who's working to make sure her people's language isn't forgotten

Randy Ramos, Spokane Tribal College recruiter and life-skills coach at the Healing Lodge
Kate Burke, Lands Council director of development; founder of the Spokane Edible Tree Project
Jeni Riplinger-Hegsted, program director of St. Vincent de Paul's Art on the Edge

Keirsten Lyons, service to armed forces at the Eastern Washington Chapter of the Red Cross
Keith Kelley, case manager at Gonzaga University, small business owner
Virla Spencer, outreach coordinator at the Center for Justice

Kat Hall, conservation programs director at the Lands Council
Jamie Borgan, program director at New Leaf Bakery
Mary Charbonneau, director of fundraising/outreach at Washington Basset Rescue

Brent and Amy Hendricks, co-founders of Global Neighborhood
Korrine Kreilkamp, founder of Community Roots
Bart Mihailovich, coordinator at the Waterkeeper Alliance and former Spokane Riverkeeper

Taylor Weech, Inlander columnist and radio host at KYRS-FM
Ben Stuckart, Spokane City Council President
Emily Paulson, Campus Kitchen coordinator at Gonzaga University
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