The Cornerstone of Community: Iowa Nonprofits

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Compiled by the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center & the Iowa Nonprofit Collaborative

This publication provides information on the variety of nonprofits that exist across Iowa and offers statistics and data on the impact these organizations have on our quality of life. An abbreviated county-by-county listing of nonprofits is included along with information on how individuals can support the nonprofit community.

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The Essence of Community: Iowa's Nonprofits

Price: Video $18.95; DVD $28.95

 

Essence of Community

By Richard Koontz and Kevin Kelley, University of Iowa

This video is designed for use by nonprofit organizations in presentations on the vital role they play in economic and community development. We hope that service groups, chambers of commerce and other civic organizations will share this Telly Award-winning video with their local nonprofit partners.

Running time: 18 minutes

 

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The Governing Board for Iowa Charitable Nonprofits, Second Edition

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by Willard L. Boyd, et al

Governing Board

Every nonprofit organization in Iowa has some form of governing board. This volume deals with some of the central issues faced by members of a board of governance:

  • What is the responsibility of a governing board? 
  • What does the board do? Who is the Board? How does the board function? 
  • What is the role of the board chair? 
  • What is the role of the executive director and staff with the board? 
  • How is the board accountable?

The second edition includes new or expanded material on:

  • Legal compliance and good management practices
  • Board accountability and compliance
  • Beyond legal obligations
  • Adopting a code of ethics and creating an ethical culture of compliance
  • Evaluation of the Executive Director
  • Legal Compliance Checklist for Iowa Nonprofits
  • The Best Web Sites for Iowa Nonprofits

Willard L. Boyd is a lawyer and an educator. He is Rawlings-Miller Professor of Law at the University of Iowa and President Emeritus of the University of Iowa and The Field Museum of Chicago. 

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The Impact of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations on Iowa’s Economy and Quality of Life

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Impact of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations

Developed by the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center and the Iowa Department of Economic Development, this report utilizes information obtained from Iowa Workforce Development and the Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics. The report provides data on the impact of the nonprofit sector on Iowa’s economy and quality of life and encourages consideration of the charitable nonprofit sector in decision making. Key decision makers at all levels, potential donors, business leaders and others will find this material useful. To order this book, please contact us by emailing our Webmaster or call 319-335-9765.

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Iowa Nonprofit Employee Benefits Survey

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by Richard Koontz, 2012

The Employee Benefits Committee of the Governor’s Nonprofit Project conducted this survey in the summer of 2012 to collect data on nonprofit employee benefits in Iowa and to identify strategies for improving benefit options.

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The Iowa Principles and Practices for Charitable Nonprofit Excellence

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Download the 2016 Iowa Principles and Practices

The 2016 edition of the Principles and Practices clarifies management practices, ethical conduct, and public accountability. A valuable resource for charitable organizations, the guidelines help Iowa nonprofits improve their ability to provide services. The Principles and Practices are the product of an effort by the Governor's Nonprofit Task Force which was formed in 2004 by then-governor Thomas Vilsack and chaired by Dr. Willard "Sandy" Boyd. The task force included the Secretary of State's office and other partners who promote standards for nonprofit organizations in Iowa.

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Iowa Property Tax Exemption Report, 2012

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Iowa Property Tax Exemption 2012

As some states move to alter their property tax exemption statutes for nonprofits, the Property Tax Exemption Committee of the Governor’s Nonprofit Project convened in 2012 to examine this trend. This report emphasizes the importance of preserving property tax exemption, specifically for educational, medical and religious nonprofit organizations. It also includes recommendations for educating and informing Iowa nonprofit workers about property tax exemption.

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Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center Annual Report, 2008

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Annual Report 2008

A summary of the INRC’s activities during 2008.

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Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center 2000-2009

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INRC Ten-Year Report

The professional development functions, course offerings, publications, resources, and other outreach activities INRC are summarized in this ten-year report.

 

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Legal Guide for Iowa Nonprofits

Price: $30

Edited by Richard Koontz

Legal Guide for Iowa Nonprofits

This guide is designed to help Iowa nonprofit organizations with basic legal issues. It covers the organizational structure most common to Iowa nonprofits, the nonprofit corporation. It also covers how to define and manage the liabilities facing nonprofit boards. The basic rules under which tax exempt organizations must function under Internal Revenue code section 501(c)(3) are spelled out. Legalities of obtaining funding and rules governing employees are also covered.

This volume was written by lawyers and is useful to lawyers but is also accessible to any nonprofit manager.

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Meeting the Technical Assistance and Training Needs of Iowa Nonprofits

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by Helen A. Schartz, PhD, JD; Jill Smith, PhD; and David Klein, PhD, 2011

Meeting Technical Needs

This report summarizes a survey of 507 Iowa nonprofits conducted in 2010 to identify capacity-building needs of the state's nonprofit organizations. The last survey of this type was conducted in 2000. The 2010 survey provides information on challenges that have developed since 2000 as well as data on resources offered by the INRC, which of those were most used, and which were most beneficial.

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The Role of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations in Iowa

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Role of Charitable Nonprofits

Recognizing the vital role of voluntary charitable community associations, Governor Thomas Vilsack in January 2004, appointed a Task Force chaired by Willard "Sandy" Boyd, to “assess the present and potential role of Iowa’s nonprofit sector in advancing the vitality of communities throughout the state.” The Governor charged the Task Force to identify the barriers to achieving the charitable nonprofit sector’s full potential and to develop and submit a set of recommendations describing how charitable nonprofit organizations can be more effective in their operations and how their services can be enhanced through collaborations with the business community and government entities. Finally, the Task Force was directed to recommend methods to increase citizen involvement in nonprofit activities throughout the state.

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Starting an Iowa Charitable Nonprofit Corporation

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By Richard Koontz

Starting Iowa Charitable Nonprofit Corporation

This monograph provides users with a step-by-step guide through the four primary forms necessary to begin a charitable nonprofit corporation in Iowa: the articles of incorporation, the bylaws, the SS-4 and the Form 1023. It is used in conjunction with the INRC’s Starting a Charitable Nonprofit workshops. The monograph includes appendices concerning charitable purposes for tax exemption and licensing requirements in the state of Iowa.

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Starting a Small Iowa Charitable Nonprofit Corporation

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By Richard Koontz

This monograph, created in 2016, guides users through the steps required for creating a charitable nonprofit organization with yearly gross receipts of $50,000 or less. The material covers Articles of Incorporation, obtaining an Employer Identification Number, creating Bylaws, and completing the IRS Form 1023-EZ.

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