UI Nonprofit Center Sets Meetings To Discuss New State Guidelines
The new guidelines, "Iowa Principles and Practices for Charitable Nonprofit Excellence," will assist non-profit organizations in management practices, ethical conduct and public accountability. Date and location information for the seminars is as follows:
- June 1, Davenport -- Scott Community College
- June 5, Cedar Rapids -- Kirkwood Community College
- June 13, Waterloo -- Hawkeye Community College
- June 15, Dubuque -- Clocktower Campus, Northeast Iowa Community College
- June 21, Council Bluffs -- Iowa Western Community College
- June 22, Sioux City -- Western Iowa Tech Community College
- June 27, Des Moines/Ankeny -- Des Moines Area Community College
Leading the meetings will be Richard Koontz, coordinator of the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center; Willard "Sandy" Boyd, director of the INRC and law professor specializing in non-profit law; and Jude West, co-director of the INRC and professor emeritus of management and organizations in the Tippie College of Business with an expertise in non-profit governance and management.
The workshops are partly funded by a University of Iowa Year of Public Engagement grant. UI President David J. Skorton has declared the 2005-2006 academic year the Year of Public Engagement, during which the University community is intensifying its efforts and sharpening its focus on engagement with the public and public issues at the local, state, national, and international levels. More information is online.
Additional funds were provided by the Qwest Foundation and the Iowa Secretary of State's Office.
The guideline revisions are based on recommendations made in 2005 by a task force appointed by Gov. Tom Vilsack to assess the role of charitable nonprofits in Iowa. The task force, chaired by Willard "Sandy" Boyd, UI law professor and director of the Waterman Nonprofit Center, heard testimony at public meetings around the state, and individual task force members sought opinions in their own communities.
Those who attend the workshops will learn more about the task force recommendations that were focused particularly in the areas of improving the management effectiveness and governance of nonprofit organizations, making Iowans more aware of nonprofits and their role in building a community and improving the economy, and encouraging Iowans to donate more money and time to nonprofits. The report also encourages greater cooperation between the business, government and nonprofit sectors.
The Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center is an interdisciplinary program of the University of Iowa devoted to research and education about Iowa's charitable nonprofit organizations in collaboration with other Iowa educational and charitable nonprofit organizations.
Contact: Tom Snee, UI News Services, 319-384-0010