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 2020, over 1,000 nonprofit leaders participated in an INRC conference, workshop, or lecture. The INRC provided guidance to over 600 organizations on a host of issues including management, governance, fundraising, tax filing, and more. Our publications featured stories on topics ranging from nonprofit education programs to improving board performance to understanding financial statements and were circulated to over 1,500 subscribers and read by thousands more online. Along with several partners, the INRC helped deliver two conferences in FY 2020, including the state’s largest nonprofit conference that offered over forty workshops and was attended by hundreds of nonprofit leaders.

The proposed FY 2021 appropriation of $156,389 is a reduction of $2,252 from the FY 2020 amount of $158,641. This funding supports 1.85 FTEs.

  • This funding fully supports our creative media developer. Our developer manages a website that had over 30,000 unique users in FY20—up from 21,000 unique users in FY 2019. 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 2021, the developer will continue to assist in the creation and distribution of a series of online tutorials focused on contemporary nonprofit issues.
  • 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. During this pandemic, the INRC has seen an increase in requests for guidance, services, and materials from nonprofit leaders, as well as the professional who serve the nonprofit sector. The INRC has developed strong partnerships with public and private entities from across the state to continue to offer excellent services at a time when financial challenges for many organizations and individuals have increased throughout Iowa.