Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center Budget Narrative

State Appropriation $156,389

The Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center (INRC) is a university-wide interdisciplinary center that strengthens Iowa’s nonprofit sector through direct services, education, and research. Services range from the development of board and executive leadership to strategic planning to clarifying local, state, and federal rules that regulate nonprofit organizations. Education includes creating and delivering presentations and workshops to professionals from across the state, as well as teaching a series of nonprofit courses at the University of Iowa. Research involves quantitative and qualitative analyses of data that inform on sector conditions and trends. The activities of the INRC are made possible by a strong network of public and private partners and supporters.

In FY 2021, the INRC provided direct services to over 500 organizations on a host of issues including management, governance, leadership, fundraising, IRS filings, and beyond. The INRC engaged dozens of organizations across the state in several in-depth projects, including strategic planning, capacity building, board development, executive performance reviews, and executive succession planning. Our website, social media, and listserv connected thousands of nonprofit leaders with important information and resources—including materials to help organizations successfully navigate issues related to the pandemic. Along with several partners, the INRC is currently preparing to host the state’s largest nonprofit conference this fall that will be attended by hundreds of nonprofit leaders.

The proposed FY 2022 appropriation of $156,389 is no change from the FY 2021 amount of $156,389. This funding supports 1.85 FTEs.

  • This funding fully supports our creative media developer. Our developer manages a website that had over 40,000 unique users in FY21—up from 30,000 unique users in FY 2020. The developer edits our online content, maintains the Iowa Register of Accountability, curates the Iowa Grants Guide, and assists with content and editing for publications such as the Iowa Principles and Practices for Charitable Nonprofit Excellence—originally developed by the Iowa Governor’s Nonprofit Task Force in conjunction with the Office of the Iowa Secretary of State. For FY 2022, the developer will continue to assist in the creation and distribution of a series of online tutorials focused on contemporary nonprofit issues, as well as assist with new editions of several of our publications.
  • This funding partially supports our program assistant. Our assistant maintains our client database, responds to client inquiries, and distributes important informational resources directly to Iowa nonprofits. The assistant also supports the director on projects—including the assembly of program materials and the compiling of survey data. 
  • A portion of this appropriation supports our director. The director is responsible for leading all aspects of the INRC. The director delivers presentations and workshops, works one-on-one with individual organizations, teaches courses at the University of Iowa, researches and authors content for publication, forges mutually beneficial collaborations, and more.

The INRC’s work improves nonprofit leadership, organization, and management in the state at a time when the demands on the charitable and philanthropic sector continue to grow. The INRC has developed strong partnerships with public and private entities from across the state and the country to offer excellent services to nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers, as well as to professionals who serve the nonprofit sector such as accountants, attorneys, consultants, financial advisors, and fundraisers.