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Trusts and trustees--Iowa--Attitudes; Congregate housing--Iowa; Congregate housing; Nonprofit organizations--Management; Iowa;


The purpose of this study was to determine if there were any relationships between the demographics and board experience of board members at Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in Iowa and their perceptions of their roles and responsibilities. A survey was administered to board members of five of the seven CILs in Iowa (N = 62, n = 36).

Although the sample was not large enough to determine the proposed relationships, descriptive statistics were used to summarize the demographics and board experience of the subjects as well as their ability to correctly distinguish between the roles the CIL board and staff hold in helping fulfill the board's 10 main responsibilities. Results showed that the majority of the subjects can be characterized as Caucasian, 40 years of age or older, college or university graduated, employed at least part-time, CIL board members for less than one year, members of other boards of directors and possessed at least one severe disability. There was almost an equal representation of males and females. Motivation for becoming a CIL board member was to advance the welfare of the CILs and to meet other individuals with similar interests, rather than for personal gain.

Results also showed that respondents had difficulty in distinguishing some of the activities the board and/or staff has in carrying out 5 of the 10 board responsibilities: determining and monitoring the organization's programs and services; soliciting contributions to fundraisers; ensure adequate resources; ensure legal and ethical integrity, and maintain accountability; recruit new board members and assess board's own performance. Results also showed that there is a strong need for CIL boards to become more diverse in terms of age and ethnicity. Suggestions were provided for further research and for Iowa CIL boards to consider.

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Master of Arts


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services

First Advisor

Geraldine Perreault

Second Advisor

Chris Neuhaus

Third Advisor

Joe Wilson


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