WMU News

Area non-profits showcase new technologies

Nov. 15, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Results and potential--that's what the first Building Bridges Technology Showcase is all about, as nonprofit agencies in Southwest Michigan show off Web design and video production projects in an event set for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Kellogg Biological Station Conference Center in Hickory Corners, Mich.

Staff members from area nonprofit agencies who completed classes in Web design and video production at Western Michigan University over the past year will showcase the ways they've applied the lessons to enhancing their organizations' technical capabilities. The showcase is designed to let those exhibiting demonstrate the potential of the technology for other nonprofit agencies. The Technology Showcase also will include information about technology assistance available to nonprofit organizations in the area.

"We know how important nonprofit organizations are to the fabric of our communities in southwest Michigan and the Building Bridges program is privileged to work with these agencies to help them take advantage of all the resources available to them, particularly these new technologies," says Dr. Wendy Wintermute, project manager for WMU's Building Bridges program. "The Technology Showcase gives us an opportunity to hear from nonprofit organizations about how we can continue to serve them."

The WMU Building Bridges Program is part of a national effort funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich., to link university-based nonprofit education programs with the communities they serve. The WMU-based project has been working for the past three years to help nonprofit groups increase their service capacity to their home communities.

In addition to WMU, the event is co-sponsored by the Nonprofit Alliance of Calhoun County and the Kalamazoo Nonprofit Resource Network. Registration is $10 per person and forms can be obtained by contacting (269) 382-8350 or <wendy.wintermute@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Matt Gerard, 269 387-8400, matthew.gerard@wmich.edu

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