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For the past three weeks, The Messenger has conducted a survey of its readers, asking for opinions about their favorite nonprofits—and about the people who make those organizations work. More than 50 different nonprofits and their representatives were individually nominated—broadly, an indication about how many people and organizations are doing

Best Regional Non Profit (tie) KS Wild KSKQ Community Radio Honorable Mentions: Ashland Independent Film Festival Maslow Project Best Executive Director (tie) Tracy Harding, Rogue Valley Farm to School Joseph Vaile, KS Wild Honorable Mentions: Stuart O’Neil, Rogue Farm Corps Pam Marsh, Ashland Emergency Food Bank Mary Ferrell, Maslow Project

  Medford nonprofit LifeArt has a brutally simple mission: use art to prevent youth suicide. The organization, which partners with various schools and government agencies (such as Jackson County Youth Suicide Prevention Coalition), has been around since 2009. Phil Ortega, the founder of LifeArt, believes the kids will have better