The Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center (INRC) is a university-wide interdisciplinary center that delivers lectures, workshops, and conferences to educate and train nonprofit professionals in communities throughout Iowa. In FY2017, more than 700 nonprofit leaders attended an INRC event. Further, INRC publishes guidelines and primary research on charitable nonprofit organizations, develops educational opportunities for students on campus, and provides one-on-one services. The appropriation received in FY 2009 of $207,548 has since been reduced by $45,009 to $162,539 through FY 2012 where it remains for FY 2018.
The funding will be applied to the following basic staff needs: a creative media developer who manages a website which had over 17,000 unique users in FY2017, edits our quarterly newsletter distributed to over 1,500 subscribers, maintains the Iowa Register of Accountability featuring 982 organizations, 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 and in conjunction with the Office of the Iowa Secretary of State; a program assistant who maintains our client database, responds to client inquiries, and distributes important informational resources directly to Iowa nonprofits; and the director—who is responsible for leading all aspects of the center, as well as producing new publications, delivering lectures and workshops, and serving clients—receives a portion of the director’s salary from this appropriation.
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. Any budget reduction may negatively impact the valuable support the INRC offers to Iowa’s charitable sector. 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.