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University of Iowa News Release

July 7, 2005

Governor's Nonprofit Task Force Releases Final Report

The Iowa Governor's Nonprofit Task Force has released its final report that makes a number of recommendations intended to strengthen the state's nonprofit charitable organizations, make Iowans more aware of them and improve their accountability.

The report, "The Role of Nonprofit Charitable Organizations in Iowa," is available online through the Web site of the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center at http://inrc.continuetolearn.uiowa.edu.

Willard L. "Sandy" Boyd, chair of the task force and director of the Waterman Center in the University of Iowa College of Law, said nonprofit organizations need to be kept strong because they play a vital role in Iowa's communities.

"Nonprofits are the essence of our community," Boyd said. "They are our religious groups and schools, our libraries, health care organizations, museums and cultural groups. These are the institutions that keep people in Iowa and attract new residents to the state. They are indispensable to the success of our communities and are as important as business and government."

Gov. Tom Vilsack appointed the 23-member task force in January 2004 to assess the present and potential role of the nonprofit sector in advancing the vitality of communities throughout the state. Testimony was gathered in public meetings the task force held around the state and by individual members in their communities. The task force focused on those approximately 12,000 organizations that are recognized by the IRS as 501(c)(3) groups.

The task force made a series of recommendations, mostly 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

Boyd said the report's recommendations will be implemented by the Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center.

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.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010; tom-snee@uiowa.edu; Program: Willard L. "Sandy" Boyd, Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center, 319-335-9765