Bismarck Parks and Recreation District Receives Partnership Building Award


BISMARCK – Bismarck Parks and Recreation District (BPRD) received the North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ (NDANO) Partnership Building Award June 1 during the Nonprofit Leadership Conference in Fargo.

The Partnership Building 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.

BPRD has been purposeful in creating and expanding its culture of partnership throughout the state.  They partner with nonprofits to share facility space, hold special events, raise funds for capital projects and manage public lands. In addition, their Matching Grant program has helped support 469 grant projects throughout the community over the last 30 years, making more than $4.2 million in improvements, with $2.7 million in funds provided by project partners, many of whom are nonprofits.

“It is an honor to present this award to such a deserving organization making a difference in the Bismarck community, particularly through its collaboration with nonprofits,” says NDANO Executive Director Dana Schaar Jahner.

As the premier association, leader and voice of North Dakota’s nonprofits, NDANO strengthens communities and enhances quality of life through engaging and ensuring a strong charitable sector. NDANO is the statewide membership association advancing North Dakota’s nonprofit sector through advocacy, training, resources, networking and leadership. Learn more at

Bismarck Board of Park Commissioners Brian Beattie, Jason Starck, President Wayne Munson, Mike Schwartz, Dana Schaar Jahner (ND Association of Non-Profit Organizations), and Park Commissioner Julie Jeske.