Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

March 18, 2013
Dear CVNA follower,

Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

To submit an item for the next newsletter, click on the submit news page.  Please note that only member organizations who have submitted membership applications may post items.  The newsletter is published every other Monday (except on holidays). 
In This Issue
CVNA April Member Meeting
2013-2014 Memberships
Employment Opportunities
CVNA Meeting Dates
April Meeting

Please join us on April 4, 2013

 5 Ways Social Media is Changing Communications

Social media is changing the way we speak, listen and even think. It has impacted our daily lives-from work to interpersonal relationships-and will continue to evolve communication. Learn 5 specific ways social media is changing the world around us from Megan Horn, Social Media Strategist/Junior Copywriter, ME&V Advertising + Consulting.



 Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 8:00am-9:00am



Philanthropy Center (3rd floor US Bank Bldg--425 Cedar Street, Waterloo)


Click HERE to register for the April meeting.


This event, and other CVNA events, is open at no-cost to Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association members.  



2013-2014 MEMBERSHIPS 

Membership Renewal Time!

Memberships for 2013-2014 begin April 1, 2013 and go through March 31, 2014.  Current members were invoiced via email last week.

Not yet a member?  Check out the benefits of membership HERE.  If you are interested in joining CVNA, you can access our application form online HERE.

If you have any questions, please email CVNA Coordinator, Tiffany Seoldo at coordinator@cedarvalleynonprofitassociation.com.





YWCA of Black Hawk County

Latino Services Case Manager


Seeking individual to provide case management, translation/interpretation and educational programming to Latino individuals. 20-25 hours per week; some evenings required. Verbal/written fluency in Spanish/English required. Related degree; relevant experience preferred.  


Send resume and cover letter to Youth & Family Services Director, YWCA, 425 Lafayette St., Waterloo, IA 50703 by March 22, 2013. EOE  



United Way-

Senior Director of Community Resources

Cedar Valley United Way seeks an individual to provide leadership and coordination for the Campaign and Community Impact Work.  This position will establish relationships with donors, volunteers and community members to gather resources to invest in the community.  This position will lead the implementation of strategies to achieve the goals of collective community impact work.


Excellent communication, relationship building, interpersonal, and strategic planning skills are required.  A Bachelor's degree and three years' experience in management and resource development is preferred.  Salary is commensurate with experience and background.  Competitive benefit package is included.


Send cover letter and resume by email to Sheila.Baird@cvuw.org
or by mail to Sheila Baird, President, Cedar Valley United Way, 425 Cedar St., Suite 300, Waterloo, IA 50701.

Screening of applicants will begin on April 1, 2013









World's Greatest Spring Break

March 18-March 22, 2013

Who needs the beach when downtown Waterloo has the World's Greatest Spring Break for Kids!  Monday, March 18 - Friday, March 22, admission at awesome venues in downtown Waterloo is only $1 per person.  Please spread the word about this affordable event for families!  The best source of information is


If your nonprofit organization would like to bring a group, please call the venue in advance to find a good time.  (Usually early in the day and week is less busy!) 

Sponsored by the McElroy Trust.

Human Trafficking Speaker
Rev. Brian McVey

Thursday, April 11, 6:30-8:00 p.m

 at St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center

Rev. Brian, a well-known leader in the fight against human trafficking in Iowa and at the national level, will present some basic facts about human trafficking, share stories of sexual trafficking & how prevalent it is in Iowa {including local examples}, signs of human trafficking, and what his congregation is doing to combat it.  There will be plenty of time for questions during and after his presentation. 
Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP numbers to Shannon Duffy, campus minister, by email at shannon@ststephenuni.org or by calling 319-266-9863. 

Please join us to help raise awareness of this violation of the life & dignity of the human person.

Northeast Iowa Food Bank

will host the annual
Combat Hunger
at area grocery stores this weekend.

With the help of many volunteers and built-in incentives, it is anticipated that the event will yield record results. Food Bank staff and volunteers will be at the entrances of 12 local grocery stores beginning on April 5th through April 7th. Volunteers will be located at all six Cedar Valley Hy-Vee Stores located in Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Waverly, Fareway stores located in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Evansdale and Waverly, Hometown Foods and Randalls Stop N Shop.

Both volunteers and store employees will encourage shoppers to support this worthy cause. Store patrons can help by adding either $1 or $3 to their grocery bill or by making a cash or food donation directly to the volunteers. For more information on how to support this event, visit www.northeastiowafoodbank.org or call 319-235-0507.

Volunteer help is still needed, so please contact us today to help. Finally, don't forget to visit one of the participating locations on April 5th - 7th and help us Combat Hunger.

 9th Annual Cedar Valley
Nonprofit Awards Luncheon 
 Friday, April 12 at noon
Accepting nominations now!

Nominate someone for their great
leadership in the Cedar Valley.
For Nomination Forms visit: 

Formal invitation to follow

Questions may be directed to:

Join Us!  The YWCA's Seventh Annual Women of Persimmon Luncheon

Thursday, April 4th from 11:30-1:00pm 
 at the new Hilton Garden Inn in the Cedar Falls Industrial Park 
During the luncheon, we will recognize and honor outstanding women, businesses and organizations in the Cedar Valley.

Tickets to the luncheon are only $35 or a table of eight can be purchased for $250 by calling the YWCA at 234-7589.

RSVPs should be made by March 22. 

Community Networking Event:

Operation Threshold is holding a
Community Orientation Free Event which focuses on serving families with children prenatal-5yrs. They would like to increase the relationship with the community and connect with each other in order to better serve children and families in the future.

Check out the detail here: 

You may have heard the buzz...March 22nd

 NewAldaya Lifescapes will host our first ever Live Jazz Performance in Elm's Pub!


To kick off the Entertainer Series of events...


Keri Johnsrud will be performing



Please bring your friends and family and be ready for a great time!  


Interested in volunteering, opportunities available.



Nomination Time:

Iowans show good character every day, and many times it goes unnoticed.  There are countless individuals and organizations whose exemplary character is a model for us all.

The Iowa Character Awards highlight the best among us - those who do the right thing, even when no one is looking. Their stories inspire us and provide a renewed sense of pride in our state.


Students, teachers, schools, organizations, sports teams can all be nominated, and we want to make sure we spread the word!

Click HERE to nominate someone.

All nominations must be received by May 14, 2013


A special thanks to all the agencies and organizations that participated recently with the
Nonprofit Explore-A-Ganza

Over 40 UNI students engaged with nonprofit leaders to explore jobs, internships, career and volunteer opportunities.

We thank you for your support of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and the CVNA. 





Area non-profits can now apply for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa (RMHC of Eastern Iowa) grant. Looking to improve the health and well-being of children beyond the walls of the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City, RMHC of Eastern Iowa will award over $35,000 to local organizations dedicated to the same mission.


The RMHC of Eastern Iowa Grants Program aims to make an impact on children's lives by awarding grants to qualified non-profit organizations assisting thousands of children outside of the Ronald McDonald House. Over the course of its five year existence with RMHC of Eastern Iowa, this program has impacted over 17,000 children that never had the need to step inside the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City.


Applications for the grants are due no later than September 3, 2013.


Information and applications for the RMHC of Eastern Iowa Grants Program can be found at www.rmhc-easterniowa.org.  For more information, please contact Beth Pfohl at (319) 356.8302 or pfohle@healthcare.uiowa.edu.





Nonprofit Article
Clever Ways to Evaluate Programs Without Spending a Lot, an article posted in the Chronicles of Philanthropy on March 7th, shares the idea of using proxy indicators to measure success.

Read the full article here.
Share your good news with the CVNA and be featured in future e-newsletters.   Have you implemented an innovative idea?  Are you hiring?  Have you created or updated your website?  Email us at coordinator@cedarvallynonprofitassociation.com.






Tiffany Seoldo
Coordinator, Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
CVNA Meeting Dates

CVNA is pleased to announce the topics of our upcoming education events for the year ahead:

  • April 4, 2013 -  Social Media/Communications
  • June 6, 2013 -  Financial/Business Planning
  • August 1, 2013 - Innovation
  • October 3, 2013 -  Board Development/Governance
  • December 5, 2013 -  Legislative Forum

More information about times and location will follow.


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