Richard Koontz (Director, 2007-2018)

Richard Koontz

Iowa’s nonprofits are central to Iowa being a great state. At the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center we strive to help Iowa’s nonprofits get the assistance they need with legal and management issues. I invite all charitable nonprofits in Iowa to use our website, to take our courses, and to participate in the statewide nonprofit conferences. Learning and improving skills increases the efficiency of nonprofit organizations. When staff from various nonprofits meet at our events, helpful connections are created within the nonprofit community.

I enjoy teaching about nonprofit legal issues. Having a dialogue with nonprofit staff in our off-campus courses helps me better understand how Iowa nonprofits are coping with the issues they face. Answering nonprofits’ questions also highlights emerging issues for me. We at the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center learn from Iowa’s nonprofits. I encourage all of you to join our effort to make Iowa’s nonprofit community a cornerstone of the quality of life in our state.


Richard Koontz, Director of the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center (INRC), received his undergraduate degree from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He attended graduate school at Northeastern University in Boston and wrote his thesis on contemporary poetry. After graduating from the New England School of Law, he practiced in Boston at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue then later joined the law firm of Goodwin, Proctor and Hoar where he did estate planning. He was general counsel for Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History from 1991 to 1996 where he dealt with issues involving Native American collections, human remains, environmental collections, public safety, and tax exemption. Since 1997 he has been an adjunct professor at The University Of Iowa College Of Law where he teaches Nonprofit and Cultural Property Law courses.

Richard is committed to helping Iowa nonprofits understand the legal and operational issues they face in performing essential community services. He played a significant role in drafting and editing the Iowa Principles and Practices for Charitable Nonprofit Excellence and travels around the state to instruct nonprofits about these self-regulatory guidelines. He is eager for the INRC to serve the nonprofits of Iowa and is a major sponsor of teaching on and off campus.