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Read the LAWINRC Spring 2017 Quarterly.

INRC assistant director Paul Thelen was interviewed on April 6 by KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids regarding gifts of grain that farmers may make to nonprofit organizations. Thelen wrote a story for the Spring 2017 Quarterly on this charitable option. Watch the KCRG story here.

Willard “Sandy” Boyd, a founder of the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center, celebrated his 90th birthday on March 29. Family, friends, and members of the Phi Mu Alpha band gathered to surprise Boyd by playing “Happy Birthday” and the “Iowa Fight Song”. Boyd was president of the University of Iowa from 1969-81, served as interim president in 2002-03, is a law professor emeritus, and former president of Chicago’s Field Museum. Read the story here.

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

Iowa City attorney Gordon Fischer will present a workshop on The Basics of Estate Planning from noon to 1 p.m. at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street on Wednesday, April 26. The workshop is free and open to the public. It has been approved for one hour of continuing legal education credit. More information and registration instructions. Email or telephone 515-371-6077.

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

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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