Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center Budget Narrative

State Appropriation $158,641

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 2019, nearly 1,000 nonprofit leaders participated in an INRC workshop or lecture. The INRC provided guidance to over 500 organizations on a host of issues including management, board governance, fundraising, tax filing, and more. Our publications featured stories on topics ranging from retirement plans to developing mutually beneficial collaborations and were circulated to over 1,500 subscribers and read by thousands more online. Along with several partners, the INRC will deliver two conferences in FY 2020, including the state’s largest nonprofit conference that will offer over forty workshops and be attended by hundreds of nonprofit leaders.

The FY 2020 appropriation of $158,641 is identical to the FY 2019 appropriation. This funding supports 1.88 FTEs.

  • This funding fully supports our creative media developer. Our developer manages a website that had over 21,000 unique users in FY 2019 and underwent significant updates for 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 2020, the developer will assist in the creation and distribution of a series of online tutorials focused on contemporary nonprofit issues, as well as make significant updates to the Iowa Grants Guide.
  • 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. In FY 2020, the director will edit the 4th edition of the widely used Principles & Practices publication.

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. A budget reduction may negatively impact the valuable services the INRC provides. The INRC is currently working on several strategies to enable it to continue many of its services if such a reduction were to take place, as well as making efforts to further strengthen the sector through additional public and private partnerships.