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The INRC strives to help Iowa’s charitable nonprofit organizations become more effective in building their communities.


Read the LAWINRC Summer 2016 Quarterly.

The 2016 edition of the Iowa Principles and Practices for Charitable Nonprofit Excellence is here. For information on obtaining copies, click on the cover image at right.

Nonprofit News

The Giving USA 2016 report released June 14 reports that charitable donations in 2015 were up 4 percent. Contributions from individuals led in total dollar amounts. Organizations receiving the biggest increases in donations were international affairs organizations that respond to humanitarian crises. Other areas in which donations increased were: education, 8.8; arts, culture, and humanities, 6.8 percent; and environment or animal-welfare issues, 6.1 percent. For extended analyses of the report, see the website for the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

The United States Department of Labor has offered webinars on the Overtime Final Rule. The webinars have been recorded and are available online. The webinar schedule page also includes links to frequently asked questions about the changes that will take place on December 1, 2016.

The Northwest Illinois Volunteerism Conference, scheduled for October 14, is accepting workshop proposals. Proposals must be received by July 12. The conference will be held on the Western Illinois University Riverfront Campus in Moline, Illinois. See the RFP for suggested workshop topics and other details.

Independent Sector recently reported the 2015 estimate for the value of a volunteer hour as $23.56, more than a $1 increase from 2013 and up more than two percent from the previous year. In Iowa, the per-hour value was reported as $22.25, a 2.3 percent increase from 2014. For state-level breakdowns and more information, see Independent Sector's website.

Training and Other Opportunities

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Johnson County is offering the Nonprofit Management Academy through November 10. Classes meet 9 am-4 pm Thursdays at ISU Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City, IA 52246 and lead to a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Each class costs $70. CEU credit available for an additional $25 per workshop. Information, registration, and brochure available here or telephone 319-337-2145.

ISU Extension and Outreach, Lee County is also offering the Nonprofit Management Academy. All classes meet 9 am-4 pm on Tuesdays at the Baymont Inn and Suites, 325 Main St., Keokuk, IA. Courses are $60 each with CEU credit available for an additional $25. Information, registration, and brochure available here or telephone 319-835-5116. The first course offering is Four Steps to Effective Program Evaluation.

See our Professional Development page for more webinars, workshops, and other activities.

Reports and Studies

The General Report of the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT) has been issued by the Internal Revenue Service. The report has five areas of focus: Employee Plans; Exempt Organizations; Federal, State and Local Governments; Indian Tribal Governments; and Tax Exempt Bonds. See the full report here.

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