Welcome to the LAWINRC

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


The LAWINRC has office hours in Des Moines. 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 (toll free).

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Nonprofit News

Registration is now open for the Southeast Iowa Nonprofit Summit. The Summit will take place on September 20 at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa. Members of the nonprofit sector from Iowa, Northern Missouri, and Eastern Illinois gather for this day-long event. The Summit offers workshops, speakers, and networking opportunities. There is no charge, but registration is required. Reservations are limited to the first 250 people. Learn more and register.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach continues its Nonprofit Management Academy. The Academy courses meet at the Johnson County Extension Office, 3109 Old Highway 218 South in Iowa City. All offerings are on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fee for each is $70 with CEU credit for an additional $25. Participants may take individual courses or may complete a combination of them to obtain a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. See details, registration, and additional course descriptions.

The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is preparing to launch a grant opportunity for small to mid-sized towns and cities. Up to 15 grantees will be awarded $25K each in matching funds to produce their own free outdoor concert series featuring a diverse line up of high caliber entertainment for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy. Finalists are chosen by online public voting. Grant applications are being accepted until September 25, 2018. More information.

The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) is accepting applications for Projects in Aging until August 1, 2018. Chicago-based RRF is devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues and makes awards to innovative projects that benefit older Americans. Iowa is one of seven states from which proposals for direct service projects are considered by the RRF. For information, visit the RRF website or request details via email.

Reports and Studies

Giving USA 2017 has issued its report on Philanthropy for the Year 2016. Read highlights of the report or purchase the full report on Giving USA’s website.

Independent Sector reports that the value of volunteer time continues to rise. The estimated value of volunteer time for 2017 is $24.69, an increase of 2.3 percent from 2016, according to the latest study. See details and a link to download a pdf of the full dataset.