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Of more than 110 nominated, see which 18 nonprofits got the nod as Idaho’s best

Winners of the Idaho Nonprofit Center’s annual Nonprofit Excellence Awards for 2016: Front row: Representatives from Idaho Falls Arts Council; Garden City Library; Snake River Animal Shelter; Idaho FFA Foundation; Empower Humanity INC.; Hunger Coalition; and Ride for Joy. Back row: Representatives from NeighborWorks Boise; Metro Meals on Wheels; CATCH INC.; Snake River Community Clinic; Empower Humanity INC.; and Community Food Basket; and Amy Little, executive director of the Idaho Nonprofit Center Not pictured: Representatives from Gritman Medical Center; Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education; Salmon River Senior Citizen INC.; Panhandle Alliance for Education; Hospice of Eastern Idaho; and Cassia County Historical Museum
Winners of the Idaho Nonprofit Center’s annual Nonprofit Excellence Awards for 2016: Front row: Representatives from Idaho Falls Arts Council; Garden City Library; Snake River Animal Shelter; Idaho FFA Foundation; Empower Humanity INC.; Hunger Coalition; and Ride for Joy. Back row: Representatives from NeighborWorks Boise; Metro Meals on Wheels; CATCH INC.; Snake River Community Clinic; Empower Humanity INC.; and Community Food Basket; and Amy Little, executive director of the Idaho Nonprofit Center Not pictured: Representatives from Gritman Medical Center; Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education; Salmon River Senior Citizen INC.; Panhandle Alliance for Education; Hospice of Eastern Idaho; and Cassia County Historical Museum Idaho Nonprofit Center

The Idaho Nonprofit Center hosted its annual Idaho Nonprofit Excellence Awards on Sept. 22 at Boise State University.

Residents nominated more than 110 organizations from across the state for recognition. A statewide panel made up of Idaho Nonprofit Center board members, community members and past award winners selected the winners based on accomplishments, programs, good use of resources and other areas. Panelists also considered 990 filings and more in their deliberations.

The panel selected winners for each region in large and small categories.

Locally, in Southwest Idaho, the winner in the large category is Metro Meals on Wheels, which delivers meals to seniors and other home-bound people in Ada County.

Finalists were CATCH Inc., which supports families in search of stable housing and financial independence; The Hunger Coalition, which provides food for people in need; and NeighborWorks Boise, which works to find innovating housing solutions for people who are struggling.

The winner in the small category is the Idaho FFA Foundation Inc., which provides leadership and other programs for members.

The Garden City Library Foundation, which supports the popular library located in an underserved area of the Treasure Valley, and Ride for Joy Therapeutic Riding Program, which provides equine therapy for children with a variety of issues, were finalists.

Winners and finalists in other regions:

North Idaho: Large organizations: Gritman Medical Center, the Panhandle Alliance for Education. Small organizations: Snake River Community Clinic, Inc.; Salmon River Senior Citizens, Inc.; and Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education.

East Idaho: Large organizations: Snake River Animal Shelter, the Idaho Falls Arts Council and Hospice of Eastern Idaho. Small organizations: Community Food Basket — Idaho Falls; Empower Humanity Inc.; and the Cassia County Historical Museum.

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