Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

April 30, 2013
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 


Grant Guru Meeting


Thursday, May 23, 2013


Come network with our Grant Gurus on Thursday, May 23rd at 11:30am in the Philanthropy Center  (3rd floor of the US Bank building, 425 Cedar Street in Waterloo).  Attendees should be plan to spend time talking about their organization, sharing a sample of their grant funded projects, discussing major funders, etc., and any project ideas that could be a collaboration with other members.
RSVP to Constance Grimm by noon on May 20, 2013.





Don't forget to renew!

Membership Renewal Time!

Be sure not to miss out and renew your membership by May 10th!
Memberships for 2013-2014 run April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014. 
Not yet a member?   Here's why we think you should join.  In one year we have:
  • 63 member organizations
  • 7 investors
  • 185 program registrations
  • 17.5 hours of programming
  • 26 e-newsletters
  • 20 Grant Gurus
  • 25 jobs advertised
  • 20 organizations connected with 50 UNI students 

Check out the other 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].





YWCA of Black Hawk County

Health and Wellness Services Director


Directs comprehensive fitness and wellness programs. Requirements include: Degree in Leisure Services, Recreation, Health Education, Physical Education or closely related field plus 2 - 4 years relevant experience. Send cover letter and resume by May 10, 2013 to: Executive Director, YWCA, 425 Lafayette, Waterloo, IA 50703. EOE



AmeriCorps Vista

Northeast Iowa Food Bank 



The Northeast Iowa Food Bank is looking for candidates for two, one-year AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) positions. Each position will work to build capacity of the Food Bank and member agencies, in turn increasing the number of those in need that are served by the organization. Skills needed include: excellent verbal and written communication, ability to work independently, analytical and creative problem solving abilities and an interest in non-profit and social service work.


VISTA is a national service program aimed at fighting poverty and enhancing the organization's capacity to serve their clients. If you choose to apply and are accepted you will be committed to the organization full-time for one year. There are many benefits to becoming a VISTA worker including: your choice of the $5,350 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or a $1,500 year-end stipend, a modest living allowance, health care, relocation allowance, and the ability to gain real-world experience not found in a typical entry-level job. Through VISTA individuals can make a tangible difference and find the fulfillment that comes from using knowledge and skills to help those in disadvantaged circumstances turn their dreams into reality.

If you are interested in working as a VISTA for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank beginning this summer please contact Amy Dutton at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank at 319-235-0507 x107 or via email at [email protected].


Applications accepted through May 24, 2013.


Affiliate Community Foundation Program Assistant

Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa


The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa is seeking an individual who will work as a VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) with responsibility to develop and implement local and statewide strategies and programs to build the

capacity of local community foundation volunteers to capture the transfer of wealth in community based endowments.

Duties include increasing awareness and understanding of community foundations, planning/implementing programming with community foundation volunteers, and growing endowment funds for charitable causes.


Desirable candidates have experience or strong knowledge of the nonprofit sector, excellent time management and facilitation skills, and a demonstrated passion for community building. Travel required. Full-time VISTA position with benefits (annual stipend of approximately $11,136, choice of $5,550 Segal Education Award OR $1,500 end-of-service stipend, health care and more). The position begins in July and has a 12-month duration.


Send resume & cover letter to Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, c/o Stacy Robinson, Vice President of Finance & Operations,

[email protected]. For more information, call 319-287-9106. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until application is filled, or May 23, 2013.


Click HERE


for full position description.




Waterloo Community Playhouse

Development Director

Seeking a self-motivated, results oriented fundraiser or sales professional to help advance the mission of Waterloo Community Playhouse/Black Hawk Children's Theatre. Must have strong outside sales, cold calling and relationship building skills. Demonstrated knowledge of area businesses preferred. Time commitment is negotiable. Send request for more information or application materials to [email protected] or PO Box 433, Waterloo, IA 50704


The Waterloo Center for the Arts is offering new Design Labs as part of its programming. This five-part interactive series will introduce a variety of design topics facing both the professional and the at-home designer. The first Design Lab: Mobile Digital Photography is on Thursday, May 2 from 6:30-7:30pm. Learn about apps and explore advanced features available on the IPhone relating to mobile digital photography. The class instructed by the Waterloo Center for the Arts' Digital Arts Manager, Chawne Paige. To register, call 319.291.4490 or stopby the Waterloo Center for the Arts.

Design Labs

Thursday I 6:30-7:30pm

Design Lab: Mobile Digital Photography

May 2, 2013

Register by: April 30

Design Lab: Fonts, Type & Lettering

May 9, 2013

Register by: May 7

Design Lab: Social Media & Your Pictures

May 16, 2013

Register by: May 14

Design Lab: Banners, Posters & Flyers

May 23, 2013

Register by: May 21

Design Lab: T-Shirts

May 30, 2013

Register by: May 28

Visit www.waterloocenterforthearts.org for a complete listing of classes with descriptions,

registration dates, and fees. To register, call 319.291.4490 today.


North Star Community Services

Tuesday, April 30, 2013



North Star Community Services (3420 University Avenue) is having an Open House on April 30 from 1:00 to 5:00 in celebration of the completion of our recent extensive renovation project. There will be a program and re-dedication at 1:30. Tourswill be conducted. Light refreshments will be served.

The event is open to anyone who wants to attend and learn a little more about what North Star is all about!


The Assoc. of Fundraising Professionals - NE Iowa Chapter is having a chapter meeting on May 9th at 12 noon, Beck's Sports Brewery on University Avenue in Waterloo.

There will be roundtable discussion facilitated by Maria Benham (Big Brothers/Big Sisters) and Matt Rolinger (Allen Hospital Foundation) and the topic is "What to do when you've angered a donor!" Please come prepared with your best stories.

The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members and includes lunch.

RSVP required by May 7th. This is the link to reply: http://www.afpneia.org/chapter-events.html
Congrats to the local chapter of AFP which just celebrated its 3rd anniversary! 

Please take a moment and check the address you are using for the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. They are no longer using a PO Box. All mail should be sent to the following address instead:


425 Cedar Street, Suite 310

Waterloo, Iowa 50701


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].



Is your frame of perspective limiting you in the workplace? The article How Reframing A Problem Unlocks Innovation highlights the importance of practicing innovative techniques as the market and technology change. Learn how asking "why" questions generates more problem-solving ideas.


Click HERE to read the entire article from Co.Design.com.


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern
Wednesday, May 1st


Learn more about the concept of crowdsourcing and how it's evolved to include much more than money, and explore the new opportunities you now have to:

  • Leverage the peer networks of your supporters to increase acquisition rates far beyond any current direct marketing channel
  • Tap into the Millennial generation's preferred methods of support and engagement
  • Utilize micro-projects and new technology platforms to achieve objectives and position your organization for fundraising success

IdeaStarter™ is a "crowd-contributing" platform enabling nonprofits to create compelling viral campaigns to solicit contributions of all kinds (funds, time, items, ideas, and much more) and increase engagement.


Register 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?  Are you hosting an event?   Let the CVNA spread the word. 

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 two weeks.






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:

  • 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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