Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

April 1, 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
Nonprofit Article
CVNA Meeting Dates
April Meeting

Registration Deadline is Wednesday!


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.  Deadline to register is 3pm on Wednesday, April 3, 2013.


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



2013-2014 MEMBERSHIPS 

Don't Miss Out!

Membership Renewal Time!

Memberships for 2013-2014 begin April 1, 2013 and go through March 31, 2014.  Current members should have received an invoice via email.

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 [email protected].





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 [email protected]
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









4-H Omelet Breakfast

Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Black Hawk County 4-H program will be holding its 19th annual Omelet Breakfast fund raiser on Sunday, April 7, serving 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the UAW Hall, 2615 Washington St., Waterloo. Proceeds support the 4-H program through camp scholarships, educational workshops, volunteer trainings and the county fair.

The 4-H program works to develop life skills of youth with special emphasis on leadership, citizenship and communication. Tickets may be purchased at the door or from any Black Hawk County 4-H member. The breakfast features made to order omelets, pork sausage, hash browns, cinnamon rolls, toast and beverages. The cost is $6 for adults, $2 for youth age 6-10 and youth 5 and under are free.

For more information about the Omelet Breakfast or the 4-H Program, visit the website or contact the Black Hawk County Extension office at 319.234.6811. The 4-H program is open to all youth without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability.

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 [email protected] 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:

Dancing for Downs

April 6, 2013
Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, IA

This 3rd annual event will be hosted by Designer Genes-Down Syndrome Group.  Please join us in dancing the night away, bidding on the silent auction, enjoying food, making new friends, and having fun.  Funds raised are used for awareness programs and activities for people with Down syndrome and their families.  For more information, contact us at 319-404-0396, [email protected], or PO Box 2735, Waterloo, IA  50704.  

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: 
   2000 Days Flyer  


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


Request for Proposals: Iowa Women's Foundation 2014 Grants

The Iowa Women's Foundation (IWF) is accepting grant proposals for its annual grant-giving cycle for projects that begin on January 1, 2014 or later. The Foundation is seeking applications for projects that advance economic security and/or promote leadership opportunities for Iowa women and girls.

The deadline for applications is Friday, May 31, 2013 at 5 p.m.

All projects applying for funding from the IWF must be specifically for women and/or girls in Iowa. Informal groups of women and/or girls, grassroots organizations, and formal not-for-profit organizations may apply for funding. All proposed activities must be not-for-profit in nature. The IWF seeks to fund projects that go beyond the provision of direct services to create underlying social change. Together we can build a stronger statewide network of services for Iowa women and girls. Explore 
our new online searchable database and share your feedback.

RMHC-Eastern Iowa Grants to Help Local Children
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 [email protected].





Nonprofit Article
From The Nonprofit Times, a timely article, "Fundraising Via Mobile Apps Can Still Be A Challenge", explores the pros and cons of using mobile devices for fundraising efforts.

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 [email protected].






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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