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About the Iowa Register of Accountability

There are three ways to be listed on the Principles and Practices Register:

  1. Adoption of Principles and Practices by board resolution.
  2. Completion of Principles and Practices training.
  3. Licensure by a state agency or accreditation by a national organization.

Board resolution and accreditation each require documentation. See the sections below 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.

Your organization need only to complete one of the three forms of adoption to be listed on the Register of Accountability, but if more than one of the forms of adoption has been fulfilled, all can be included on the Register.

All submissions will be reviewed by LAWINRC staff before posting.

If you prefer to submit documentation by fax or U.S. Mail, see below.

 

1. 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.

Complete the online form for Board Resolution and submit the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws using the document upload feature.

Example:

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___________________________________

 

2. Completion of Principles and Practices training.

An organizational representative can complete a Principles and Practices training program which will result in issuance of a certificate of completion for a period of three years. 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 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.

In spring 2019, Principles and Practices training will be made available online.

 

3. Licensure by a state agency or accreditation by a national organization

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
Goodwill
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

Your nonprofit will be listed on the Register of Accountability after the LAWINRC receives a copy of the official notice of the state agency license or the document awarding accreditation to the nonprofit.

 

If you prefer to fax or mail documents to the LAWINRC:

Fax: 319-335-7614

U.S. Mail:

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.

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