The University of Iowa

About the Iowa Register of Accountability

There are two requirements to be listed on the Register of Accountability: 

  1. Completion of 6 hours of documented nonprofit training per year. To request training, complete our Request Services form. Many training opportunities are listed on our Events page. An asterisk (*) next to a title indicates the training counts toward Register of Accountability training. Refer to our On-Demand Learning Opportunities page for training you may complete on your own time. To report your training or to see if training you have taken elsewhere qualifies, complete the Report Register of Accountability Training form. 
  2. Adoption of most recent Principles and Practices by board resolution. 

Board resolution requires documentation. See the corresponding sections for details on the documents required. Other documents may be requested at a later time. These are for internal use only. Organizations cannot be added to the Register without the appropriate documentation. Licensure or accreditation documents may be submitted but are not required for inclusion on the Register. 

All submissions will be reviewed by LAWINRC staff before posting.

Submit documentation in one of the following ways:

  • Email as attachments to:
  • Fax to: 319-335-7614
  • U.S. Mail:
    The Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center
    130 Grand Avenue Court
    Iowa City, IA  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.

1. Completion of 6 hours of documented nonprofit training per year.

A total of 6 hours of documented nonprofit training per year is required. An organizational representative can complete training offered through the LAWINRC or may submit documentation of other sessions for consideration. Training may be one six-hour session or a combination of shorter sessions. Completion of the Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I and/or II courses at the University of Iowa can fulfill the training requirement. 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. The organizational representatives completing the training must be board members or paid staff. 

  • Contact the LAWINRC for information about training by filling out our Request Services form.
  • Check our Events page where training opportunities are often listed. 
  • For training opportunities you may complete on your own time, refer to our On-Demand Learning Opportunities page. 

Report completed training using the form Report Your Register of Accountability Training

2. Adoption of Principles and Practices by board resolution.

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. To register by board resolution, you must also submit your nonprofit's Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. 

Sample Board Resolution document:

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: _____________________________________________

On ___________________________________________________

For the Board of Directors___________________________________


Licensure by a state agency or accreditation by a national organization is no longer necessary for listing on the Register, however, this documentation can be added if your organization wishes it to appear in its listing. 

If your charitable nonprofit is accredited by a national organization or licensed by a state agency, it is assumed the organization has 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:

United Way
Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts of America
Salvation Army
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