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


Read the LAWINRC Spring 2017 Quarterly.

If you filed Articles of Incorporation for your Iowa nonprofit in 2015 or 2016 be sure you are familiar with the requirement to file a biennial report with the Iowa Secretary of State. In January, your nonprofit’s registered agent should have received a notice from the Secretary of State directing you to file the report. This must be done between January 1 and April 1 of each odd-numbered year. There is no fee, and you may file online or by paper. Failure to file the report may lead to administrative dissolution. If you did not receive the notice, an unreported change of registered agent or change of the registered agent’s address could be why. Contact the Business Services Office of the Iowa Secretary of State at 515-281-5204 with questions.

Are you interested in being a session presenter at the 2017 Iowa Nonprofit Summit? Persons interested in delivering presentations relevant to Iowa nonprofit and volunteer management professionals may submit proposals to Summit organizers until May 5. Basic Summit information is available online now; more details will be added as they become available. The LAWINRC is among the partners organizing the conference.

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

The Fundraising and Philanthropy Communication Conference will be held on Friday, March 31 at the Sheraton Iowa City, 210 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Sessions are 9 am to 4:30 pm. The conference is free but registration is requested as space is limited. The event is sponsored by the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Registration and details. If questions, telephone 800-551-9029 or email conferences@uiowa.edu

Submissions are being accepted until April 10 for the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Awards. Nonprofits, charitable organizations, and non-state government entities may recommend an individual volunteer or group of volunteers that have assisted the organization with a project, event, or activity. There are three categories in which persons or groups may be nominated: individual, group, or length of service. There is a $15 handling fee for each entry. Payment must be made by May 1. See the Governor’s Volunteer Award submissions page for details.

An Op-Ed piece written by Kari McCann Boutell, president of the Iowa Council of Foundations (ICoF), appears in the February 14 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. The article, Get credit for giving to community foundations  summarizes the Endow Iowa tax credit and how it benefits Iowa communities.  An ICoF fact sheet provides more details about the Endow Iowa Tax Credit program.

Registration is open for the Give Back Iowa Challenge. The challenge, which runs April 1 – May 31, is an opportunity for employers and workers to volunteer in their communities. Registration by March 15 is encouraged but businesses may join at any time during the eight weeks. Employers with the highest average number of volunteer hours per employee will be recognized. For resources and registration information visit volunteeriowa.org

Tim Delaney, chief executive of the National Council of Nonprofits, and David L. Thompson, vice president of public policy at the National Council of Nonprofits, co-authored an opinion piece that was recently published by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. The article, entitled “Nonprofits Need to Stand Together to Push for Smart Public Policies” identifies six federal issues that will be of particular importance to the nonprofit sector as a new administration takes office.


Training and Other Opportunities

ISU Extension and Outreach, Lee County is offering Nonprofit Management Academy courses through April 2017. 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.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Linn County Johnson County has released the 2017 schedule for the Nonprofit Management Academy. Sessions are offered from April through November and can lead to a certificate in nonprofit management. All classes meet at the Linn County Extension Office, 383 Collins Rd., Cedar Rapids. For details, including enrollment limits on sessions, visit the 2017 Linn County Non-Profit Academy website.

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

Reports and Studies

The Tax Exempt and Government Entities FY2016 Work Plan was issued September 28, 2016 by the IRS. Click the link to read the entire report.

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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