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Release: Jan. 12, 2001

UI law school's Nonprofit Resource Center receives Carver Trust grant

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A grant of $240,000 from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust will provide support for the new Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center, a university-wide interdisciplinary project initiated by the University of Iowa College of Law to provide information, education and management services to nonprofit organizations across Iowa. The grant from the Carver Trust was made as a part of the Iowa Law School’s current fund-raising campaign, which continues to progress toward its $25 million goal.

"We are deeply grateful to the Carver Trust for their start-up grant to help launch this significant statewide outreach program created at the University of Iowa," said N. William Hines, dean of the UI College of Law. "Iowa’s nonprofit organizations work in every community and, for the most part, are small institutions widely dispersed throughout the state. The Carver grant will enable the center to launch services that will provide access to information and courses designed to strengthen the operational capacity of nonprofit organizations."

Hines also noted that major foundations like the Carver Trust will indirectly reap benefits from the work of the center in the form of enhanced performance of the nonprofits that are often the recipients of grants from the Carver Trust and other charitable organizations.

The center’s co-coordinator Richard Koontz said, "After completing a survey of Iowa nonprofit organizations, we now have a valuable picture of the nonprofit community in Iowa and the ways in which this population can benefit from the center." The Carver Trust grant will allow the center to establish a toll-free information number, create a monograph series that will cover key issues for nonprofit organizations, design an informational Web site and establish a resource library.

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust was created through a bequest from Roy J. Carver, a Muscatine industrialist and philanthropist who died in 1981. General education, scientific research, scholarships and issues related to the needs of youth are the program areas of greatest interest to the Carver Charitable Trust. The Carver Trust is a generous contributor to many UI programs.

The UI Foundation, the university’s comprehensive fund-raising organization, is the preferred channel of support for contributions to all areas of the university, including the Iowa Law School Foundation. UI Foundation staff work with alumni and friends to generate funds for scholarships, professorships, facilities improvements, equipment purchases, research and other UI initiatives.