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


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

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.

Ceremonies honoring individuals and organizations who received Governor’s Volunteer Awards for 2016 will be held in six locations between June 10 and July 8. The awards recognize Iowans and Iowa organizations for their leadership, creativity, and cooperation through volunteer service. See the schedule of regional ceremonies on the Volunteer Iowa Website.

Nominate someone to be Iowan of the Day at the 2016 Iowa State Fair. Since 1997, the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and Cookies Food Products have partnered to bring recognition to persons who, through their community activities, make Iowa a great place to live. Details and nomination form.

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

Stateline’s annual State of the States series looks at some of the pressing issues state lawmakers are facing in five areas this session. The analysis covers higher education, Medicaid expansion, state budgets, criminal justice, and affordable housing.

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