Welcome to the LAWINRC

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

A Message from LAWINRC Director Richard Koontz

After 20 years at the University of Iowa’s Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center, I am retiring on February 23. I have enjoyed the teaching and service to Iowa’s charitable community. Meeting and working with so many of you who provide such essential services has been a rewarding and humbling experience. I salute the incredibly compassionate and well-thought-out efforts of the nonprofits with which I have worked. Paul Thelen has demonstrated leadership abilities and great skills in working with nonprofits since joining the LAWINRC and will step into the director’s position.



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 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. Applicants may submit Letters of Inquiry (LOI) until March 15. For information, visit the RRF website or request details via email.

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.


Training and Other Opportunities

Iowa Council of Foundations Webinar: How Will Tax Reform Affect Corporate Giving?
Examination of certain provisions of the Tax Reform Act and how they affect corporate foundations and corporate giving programs; discussion of whether lower corporate taxes may mean greater corporate giving. More information & registration.
Date & Time: Wednesday, February 21, 1:00pm to 2:00pm CT
Cost: Free to Members; $59 for Non-Members
Presenter: Suzanne Friday, ICoF Senior Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs
Contact: Suzanne Friday at suzanne.friday@cof.org


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.