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.


LAWINRC Director Richard Koontz will present Starting Your Nonprofit in Iowa at the Iowa Nonprofit Summit in November. Koontz will take participants through the steps required to set up a nonprofit organization and acquire tax-exempt status. Assistant Director Paul Thelen will facilitate a workshop and panel discussion on Rural Nonprofit Collaboration. Panel members from Manning, Iowa, will discuss how their community has used resources to thrive in rural America. See the Summit website for more.

Nonprofit News

The application deadline for Jude West Memorial Scholarships has been extended. Persons who wish to attend the Iowa Nonprofit Summit may apply until Friday, October 16. More.

Nominations are open for the Iowa Nonprofit Awards. There are six categories in which awards may be given. Awardees will be recognized at the Iowa Nonprofit Summit in Ames, November 9-10. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., October 15. Click here for additional information and the nomination form.

The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service is accepting nominations for the 2016 Volunteer Hall of Fame awards. The deadline is December 21, 2015. Inductees will be recognized during National Volunteer Week, April 10-17, 2016. Individuals or groups actively engaged in volunteer service may be nominated. For more information, email, call 1-800-308-5987, or see

Training and Other Opportunities

The 2015 Iowa Nonprofit Summit will take place on November 9 and 10 at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University campus. Registration is now open and a draft schedule of breakout sessions is available.

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.