Hand-in-Hand, a Bettendorf organization that creates inclusive learning and recreational experiences for children and young adults with various abilities, won the grand prize in the contest’s “large” non-profit category. The organization will receive a $30,000 office technology makeover.
“We are thrilled to be the grand prize winner in this year’s contest,” said Mark Smith, Hand-in-Hand CEO. “With the new office technology from RK Dixon, our team will be able to run more efficiently and spend time on what really matters – helping children and young adults of all abilities.”
New Kingdom Trailriders, an organization in Sherrard, Illinois, that provides equine-assisted programs for individuals with disabilities, won first place in the “small” non-profit category and will receive an office technology makeover valued at up to $15,000.
“We are so incredibly thankful to all the community members who voted for us,” said Jodie Barton, executive director of New Kingdom Trailriders. “Our small-but-mighty team invests their hearts into helping those with mental, emotional and social challenges. It’s amazing to have the community support us in this way.”
River Music Experience, as the second-place winner in the “large” non-profit category, will receive a $10,000 equipment package. River Music Experience is a non-profit performing arts center in Davenport dedicated to helping the community learn, listen and play music.
The second-place winner in the “small” non-profit category, Quad Cities Missing Persons Network, will receive a $5,000 equipment package. The Rock Island-based organization provides technical and emotional support to families who have missing loved ones.
In total, RK Dixon awarded $60,000 in office technology prizes. RK Dixon established the Make My Non-Profit Run Better contest in 2006 to give non-profits a chance to win free office equipment, receive greater awareness for their cause and ultimately provide technology solutions that help them function more efficiently. Since the program’s start, RK Dixon has awarded $633,000 to non-profits in Iowa and Illinois.
“Supporting the community is one of our company core values, and this contest is an opportunity for us to deliver on that,” said RK Dixon CEO Bryan Dixon. “Every year 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. It’s our way of thanking them for what they do.”
In the coming weeks, RK Dixon representatives will visit each prize winner and assess their technological needs. Then they will move forward with the equipment installation.
The 2018 Make My Non-Profit Run Better contest began with 54 entrants. After a first-round of voting, the group was narrowed to 10 finalists. A second round of voting determined the four prize winners.