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University of Iowa News Release

March 6, 2003

Non-Profit Resource Center To Debut Video March 14

The Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center (INRC) will hold an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 14 in the INRC offices at 130 Grand Ave. Ct. to debut "The Essence of Community," its new video about the importance of non-profit organizations to communities in Iowa.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be available. The video will be shown on a continual loop during the open house.

Richard Koontz of the INRC said that the video profiles several non-profit organizations in the state and shows their importance to their local communities as a way of demonstrating how non-profit organizations in general strengthen communities.

"Non-profit organizations make important connections within their communities and provide the kinds of needed services that aren't provided elsewhere," he said. "It also shows the importance of financial support from state and local sources, as well as from contributors, to their success."

The video also provides background information on the INRC and how the organization can help non-profits succeed, Koontz said.

The organizations profiled in the video include the African-American Museum and Cultural Center in Cedar Rapids, the Family Services League in Waterloo, the Des Moines Community Playhouse, the Council Bluffs Jazz Festival, the Montgomery County Historical Society in Red Oak, the Northland Agency on Aging in Decorah, Arts a la Carte in Iowa City and Mediation Services of Eastern Iowa in Iowa City.

Koontz said the video is being sent to non-profit groups throughout the state, community support organizations like chambers of commerce, and state legislators. First Lady Christy Vilsack has also requested a copy to show during her trips around the state.

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