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Premier awards technology makeovers to Central Iowa Residential Services, Inc. (CIRSI) and Ames Cyclone Aquatics Club in 2019 Make My Non-Profit Run Better contest

Ape Cognition and Conservation Initiative (ACCI) and ACTORS Inc. named second-place prize winners

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (Oct. 10, 2019) – After two rounds of public voting, Premier awarded Central Iowa Residential Services, Inc. (CIRSI) and Ames Cyclone Aquatics Club the grand prize winners in its Make My Non-Profit Run Better contest. The winners were announced today on KIX101.1 FM.

CIRSI, a Marshalltown-based organization that provides individualized services to children and adults with intellectual disabilities and mental health needs, won the grand prize in the contest’s large non-profit category. The organization will receive a $30,000 office technology makeover.

“This is going to enable us to provide even better support to the individuals we serve,” said Jeff Vance, executive director, CIRSI. “Our primary funder, Medicaid, only provides financial support for the individuals we serve, so other expenses, such as technology, must rely on donor support and fundraising. We were desperately in-need of an office technology makeover, and we cannot begin to express how thrilled we are.”

Ames Cyclone Aquatics Club, an Ames-based multiple-level swimming program that serves youth ages 5 to 18 to help improve swimming skills, won first place in the small non-profit category and will receive an office technology makeover valued at up to $15,000.

“We are beyond ecstatic,” said Jason Horras, president, Ames Cyclone Aquatics Club. “Our program has grown so much in the past five years, and our technology has not kept up with the rapid growth. We’re excited to be better equipped to serve those in our swimming programs.”

Ape Cognition and Conservation Initiative (ACCI), as the second-place winner in the large non-profit category, will receive a $10,000 copier/printer equipment package. ACCI is a non-profit research facility dedicated to the study and conservation of the endangered bonobo.

The second-place winner in the small non-profit category, ACTORS Inc., will receive a $5,000 copier/printer equipment package. The Ames-based community theater is an all-volunteer organization that produces low-cost/high-quality theatrical presentations and educational opportunities for all ages.

As part of this year’s contest, Premier awarded $60,000 in office technology prizes. The Make My Non-Profit Run Better contest was started in 2006 by RK Dixon, Premier’s sister company based in Davenport, Iowa, to give non-profits a chance to win free office equipment, receive greater awareness for their cause and ultimately provide technology solutions that help the organizations function more efficiently. Since the program’s start, RK Dixon and Premier have awarded $693,000 to non-profits in Iowa and Illinois.

“This contest is always something that our employees are excited about” said Don Phillips, president of Premier and RK Dixon. “Giving back to the community is one of our core values. It’s an honor to award these amazing non-profits with office technology makeovers. Our goal is to help them function more efficiently so they can focus on their cause and this contest brings recognition to all of the non-profits who enter. It’s our way of showing appreciation for what they do.”

In the coming weeks, Premier representatives will visit each prize winner to assess their technological needs and coordinate the equipment installation.

The 2019 Make My Non-Profit Run Better contest began with 48 registered non-profits. After a first-round of online voting, the group was narrowed to 10 finalists. A second round of online voting determined the four prize winners.

Premier partnered with KIX101.1 FM for this year’s Make My Non-Profit Run Better contest.

Winners in the large non-profit category

Winners in the small non-profit category

For more information about the contest or to receive a high-resolution contest logo, please contact Darren Garrett, APR, marketing manager at Premier, at 563.823.6365.


About Premier
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