Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector.
|NETWORK WITH THE GURUS|
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.
|DON'T MISS OUT!|
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
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
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@example.com.
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,
firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 319-287-9106. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until application is filled, or May 23, 2013.
for full position description.
Waterloo Community Playhouse
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@example.com or PO Box 433, Waterloo, IA 50704
|LEARN, EXPLORE AND CONNECT...|
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.
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.
|MINGLE AND LEARN ABOUT RENOVATIONS|
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!
|AFP CHAPTER MEETING |
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.
Congrats to the local chapter of AFP which just celebrated its 3rd anniversary!
|CHECK YOUR RECORDS|
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
|NOMINATE A GAME-CHANGER|
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!
to nominate someone.
All nominations must be received by May 14, 2013
|SEEKING GRANT FUNDS?|
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
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
|GRANTS IMPACTING CHILDREN|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|ARE YOU REFRAMING?|
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.
|WEBINAR ON CROWD-CONTRIBUTING |
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.
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.
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.