The Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center

Welcome to the INRC

The INRC strives to help Iowa’s charitable nonprofit organizations become more effective in building their communities. We appreciate your patience as we retool our information and resources. In the meantime, feel free to contact us with your comments and suggestions.


Richard Koontz, director of the Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center, will present a day-long workshop on Starting an Iowa Charitable Nonprofit Corporation on Saturday, May 16. The workshop will be held on the University of Iowa campus. See the registration form for information or call 866-500-8980 (toll free) or 319-335-9765.

More Training and Workshops

Volunteer Centers of Iowa (VCI), in partnership with the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, is offering a six-part webinar series on volunteer management. The sessions are presented by leading experts from across Iowa and offer best practices training and a consistent curriculum. The training is geared for individuals who manage or coordinate volunteers for nonprofits, schools, government sector, faith-based organizations or service organizations. Sessions are 9 to 10:30 am every other Wednesday from May 6 through July 15. Download the flyer for details.

The 2015 Iowa Nonprofit Summit will take place on November 9 and 10 at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University campus. Registration will open this summer. Watch the INRC Web site and the Summit's online registration site for details as they become available.

A call for session presenters at the Iowa Nonprofit Summit is now underway. The submission deadline is July 10, 2015. Submissions are due by midnight. Follow this link for guidelines and other information for presenters.

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation is offering a number of educational sessions and workshops this spring. The sessions include fundraising, leadership, and talent development. For information see the GCRCF's online calendar.

Nonprofit News

According to an article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Internal Revenue Service approved 94,365 applications from organizations seeking 501(c)(3) status in fiscal year 2014. That is double the number approved in the last two years. In its 2014 Data Book, the IRS attributes the increase to implementation of the 1023-EZ.

The Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) recently discovered unauthorized access had been made to the the following: Forms 990, 990-EZ, and 990-N (e-Postcard) as well as Form 8868 extensions and filings for charitable organizations in Hawaii, Michigan, and New York.

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Recent Reports

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report (GAO-15-164) in late December 2014 on IRS oversight of tax-exempt organizations. The study was done in light of reductions in the IRS budget and resulting concerns about the agency’s ability to provide adequate oversight of charitable organizations. The documentation studied and the GAO’s recommendations in this pdf of the report.

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued a report on July 3, 2014 entitled Some Tax Exempt Organizations Have Substantial Delinquent Payroll Taxes. TIGTA carried out a review to determine the extent of unpaid payroll taxes and what has been done to address it. Read the full report.