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


Read the LAWINRC Fall 2016 Quarterly.

LAWINRC Director Richard Koontz will conduct a workshop on Starting a Small Iowa Charitable Nonprofit Corporation on Saturday, October 8. The workshop will meet from 9 a.m. to noon in the Boyd Law Building on the University of Iowa campus. Information and registration.

For information on obtaining copies of the 2016 edition of the Iowa Principles and Practices for Charitable Nonprofit Excellence, click on the cover image at right.

Nonprofit News

Volunteer Iowa announces the availability of federal funding in the form of AmeriCorps State Program Grants. AmeriCorps is a national service program that helps meet community needs by working within nonprofit organizations, state agencies and local governments, elementary and secondary schools, Indian tribes, colleges and universities, community and faith-based organizations, or combinations of these groups. For details, see the following:

Applicants should submit Notice of Intent to Apply no later than September 27, 2016, in order to receive updates about the competition. Required pre-applications are due October 6, 2016.

Levitt AMP Music Series grants are awarded each year to organizations in small to mid-sized communities to support music events in public spaces. Applications for 2017 are being taken until October 10. Information, criteria, and the application form.

The Chicago-based Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) has announced its next proposal application deadline is February 1, 2017. Advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance, are considered from organizations located anywhere in the U.S. RRF is one of the nation’s first private foundations devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues. Read the press release or refer to RRF’s website for details.

Training and Other Opportunities

The second Southeast Iowa Nonprofit Summit will take place Thursday, September 29 in Ottumwa from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Breakout sessions at this free event will cover conflict resolution, best practices for social media, resources and strategies for rural nonprofits, engaging donors and volunteers, diversity in the board room and more.

The Northwest Illinois Volunteerism Conference is Friday, October 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Western Illinois University Riverfront Campus, 3300 River Drive, Moline, Illinois. The conference includes breakout sessions and a keynote address by Vicki Clark. Registration closes October 11. Details and registration.

The Nonprofit Management Academy offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Johnson County/Linn County continues 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 with CEU credit available for an additional $25 per workshop. Information is here or telephone 319-337-2145.

ISU Extension and Outreach, Lee County also offers Nonprofit Management Academy courses. Classes meet 9 am-4 pm, 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 is here or telephone 319-835-5116.

See our Professional Development page for details on these and other activities.

Reports and Studies

This spring, Overtime and Overhead surveys were circulated to nonprofit organizations on behalf of the National Council of Nonprofits (NCN). The NCN reports that 1,094 people, representing all fifty states, responded. Read the report, entitled The Nonprofit Overtime Implementation Conundrum.  

The Giving USA 2016 report released June 14 reports that charitable donations in 2015 were up 4 percent. Contributions from individuals led in total dollar amounts. Organizations receiving the biggest increases in donations were international affairs organizations that respond to humanitarian crises. A Giving USA Infographic breaks down the report.

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