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


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is once again offering the Nonprofit Management Academy. LAWINRC Director Paul Thelen will conduct the first of the series of courses on June 12. His course is Embracing Advocacy: How Your Organization Can Effectively Influence Public Opinion & Public Policy and will cover many of the rules that govern nonprofit advocacy, including lobbying activities.

The Academy courses meet at the Johnson County Extension Office, 3109 Old Highway 218 South in Iowa City. All meet 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 LAWINRC now 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).

Read the LAWINRC Winter 2018 Quarterly

Nonprofit News

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

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.

The Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact recently released findings from its study, Next Generation of American Giving. The report explores the charitable habits and preferences of Millennials, Generation X, and other generations. Fewer Americans are giving, so it is more important than ever to understand the donor landscape. Read the key findings in the full report.