The University of Iowa

Iowa Principles and Practices

Training based on The Iowa Principles and Practices for Charitable Nonprofit Excellence (P&P) is designed to help nonprofit managers, staff, board members, volunteers, and others develop skills that will benefit their nonprofit organizations. P&P training is intended to assist nonprofit organizations in implementing The Iowa Principles and Practices for Charitable Nonprofit Excellence.

A total of six 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 opportunities by completing our Request Services form accessible from Our Services page.


The Origin of the Principles and Practices

The Iowa Principles and Practices are based on the Minnesota Principles and Practices of Nonprofit Excellence sponsored by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. They were developed along with the Register of Accountability at the recommendation of the Governor’s Task Force on the Role of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations in Iowa in 2005.

Download the 2016 edition of the Iowa Principles and Practices.