The Iowa Register of Accountability on the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center website is a voluntary listing of charitable nonprofits that have committed themselves to continuous improvement by implementing the Principles and Practices as general guidelines. The purpose of the Register is to show Iowa and the nation that Iowa nonprofits make a concerted effort to operate efficiently, effectively and ethically. The Register was recommended by The Governor‘s Task Force on the Role of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations in Iowa.
There are three ways to be listed on the Principles and Practices Register:
- Adoption of Principles and Practices by board resolution.
- Completion of Principles and Practices training.
- Licensure by a state agency or accreditation by a national organization.
A nonprofit organization need only to complete one of the three forms of adoption to be listed on the Register of Accountability. If an organization implements more than one of the forms of adoption, all will be included in that organization’s listing on the Register. For example, a nonprofit that sends a board member to the Principles and Practices training and which also adopts the Principles and Practices by resolution will have both forms of adoption included in its Register listing.
An Iowa charitable nonprofit can be added to the Iowa Register of Accountability after an organizational review of the Iowa Principles and Practices for Charitable Nonprofit Excellence and a board of directors resolution, adopting them to pursue as part of its institutional operations. The resolution must state the date on which the board adopted the Principles and Practices and be signed by a board officer. (See example below.) Once a photocopy of the resolution has been received by the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center, the nonprofit will then be added to the Register of Accountability.
The Board of Directors of (name of nonprofit organization), in a regular meeting at which a quorum was present, reviewed the Iowa Principles & Practices for Charitable Nonprofit Excellence. We, the Board of Directors, hereby affirm that our organization is committed to being guided by the Principles & Practices and is actively engaged in good faith efforts to meet each of them.
This resolution was passed by a (majority/unanimous) vote of the Board of Directors its regular meeting on (date), and this Resolution has been recorded in the permanent minutes.
Signed by: _____________________________________________
For the Board of Directors___________________________________
An organizational representative can complete a Principles and Practices training program which will result in issuance of a certificate of completion for a stated period. In order for training to be adequate for the Register, it must be at least six hours long. Shorter training sessions can be combined for a total of six hours. Completion of the Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I and/or II courses at University of Iowa will allow an organization to be listed on the Register. Any other form of nonprofit training can be submitted to the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center for review of sufficient coverage of nonprofit issues. To be listed on the Register of Accountability, the organizational representatives must be board members or executive-level paid staff.
An Iowa charitable nonprofit which is accredited by a national organization or licensed by a state agency will be presumed to have significantly complied with the Iowa Nonprofit Principles & Practices for Charitable Nonprofit Excellence. There are extensive accreditation systems for educational institutions, health organizations, and libraries. Examples of accrediting entities that will allow a nonprofit to be listed on the Register are:
Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts of America
American Red Cross
The National Council for Private School Accreditation
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
Continuing Care Accreditation System
American Association of Museums
State Library of Iowa
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations
Examples of state agency licenses that will lead to listing on the Register of Accountability are:
Adult day care services programs (27 Iowa Administrative Code 321 - 27)
Animal Shelter (Iowa Code 162.4)
Assisted living programs, certified under Iowa Code 231C (see
also 27 Iowa Administrative Code 321 - 27)
Child care center, licensed under Iowa Care 237A
Child foster care licensed under Iowa Code 237
Child placing agency, licensed under Iowa Code 238
Elder group homes, certified under Iowa Code 231B
Nursing facility, licensed under Iowa Code 135C.1
Substance abuse programs, licensed under Iowa Code 125.13
A nonprofit will be listed on the Register of Accountability after receipt of a copy of the official notice of the state agency license or the document awarding accreditation to the nonprofit.
All information should be mailed to:
Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center
130 Grand Avenue Court
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
ATTN: Register of Accountability
The submitted documents should also list the organization's name, current business address, contact person, charitable purpose, and year of creation. If this information is not included, it should be submitted along with the documentation, such as in a cover letter.
Nonprofits that have adopted the Principles and Practices may download and use the "P&P logo as shown below on their publications, Web sites, and letterhead.
To download logos, right click on the image and choose “save picture as” or "save image as".