Welcome to the LAWINRC

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


The LAWINRC now has office hours in Des Moines two days a week. Our space is at the Iowa Center for Higher Education (the former AIB College of Business) at 2500 Fleur Drive. To schedule an appointment or for more information, telephone 319-335-9765 or 866-500-8980.

Read the LAWINRC Winter 2018 Quarterly

Nonprofit News

The IRS, in Internal Revenue Bulletin: 2018-1, reminds those seeking tax-exempt status to use the current version of forms to avoid processing delays. The current version of Form 1023, under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRC, is dated December 2017. Form 1024, under Section 501(a), is dated January 2018. If earlier versions of the forms are submitted, the IRS will return them and request a resubmission on the current versions. Applicants should also note the proper user fees. For Form 1023, 1024, and 1024-A the fee is $600. For Form 1023-EZ, the fee is $275. For the group exemption letter, the fee is $2,000.

Managing Cash Flow is a free webinar offered by Minneapolis-based Propel Nonprofits. The webinar is March 28 from noon to 1 p.m. Allison Wagstrom, Portfolio Director and Financial Specialist, is the presenter. Details and registration.

Volunteer Iowa is accepting recommendations for the annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards. The deadline is April 13. Nonprofits, charitable organizations, and government entities (city, county, state, and federal) may nominate an individual or group of volunteers. There is a $15 fee per award. Guidelines and details.

The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) is accepting applications for Projects in Aging until May 1, 2018. Chicago-based RRF is devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues and makes awards to innovative projects that benefit older Americans. For information, visit the RRF website or request details via email.

Grant Writing Boot Camp Express is a one-day course scheduled for May 17 at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs. Dr. Beverly A. Browning, author of Grant Writing for Dummies and other publications related to grant writing, is the instructor. CEU credits are available. Details and registration information.

The IRS has announced three revisions to the 1023-EZ form. A text box has been added to Part III for a brief description of the organization’s mission or significant activities. Questions about annual gross receipts, total assets, and public charity classification are now on the form. Question 29 now requires that an automatically revoked organization applying for reinstatement must seek the same foundation classification as at the time of automatic revocation to be eligible to use the form. See the Instructions for Form 1023-EZ. The 1023-EZ user fee remains the same.

Reports and Studies

The 2017 Global NGO Online Technology Report is based upon survey results of 4,908 NGOs worldwide. It is the only annual research project dedicated to studying how NGOs use online technology on a global scale. Download it at no charge or view the infographics here.

In 2009, United Way began its ALICE project in Morris County, New Jersey, to learn more about increasing numbers of households that struggle to afford basic necessities. (ALICE stands for asset limited, income constrained, employed.) United Way is now conducting research nationwide, and Iowa is one of five states in the second tier of the study. Download the United Way ALICE Report for Iowa here and the executive summary. Take the ALICE challenge for an idea of the choices some families must make.

The Public Interest Registry and Nonprofit Tech for Good have released the report 2017 Global Trends in Giving. The report, which can be downloaded at no charge, is the only annual research project that studies the giving habits of donors worldwide.