Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

May 14, 2013
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 


Did you Renew?  Don't miss out on our upcoming programs and networking opportunities!

Membership Renewal Time!

 In our first 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].

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.






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: 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.


Clients sought for UNI courses in workplace communication


UNI courses focusing on workplace communication are in need of individual and organizational clients who wish to have print and digital publications created, e.g., newsletters, brochures, flyers, proposals, report documents, websites and exhibition storyboards.

Students in this class learn about the traits and skills typical of technical writing, such as defining a concept, describing a product/idea, instructing, and "translating" specialized information for the sake of non-specialized audiences. In that sense, the course is relevant to a wide variety of client document projects.

There are two time frames when teams of students will be working on their communication projects:

1) the first project begins mid-September and closes mid-October (or
approximately 30 hours of work total per student), and
2) the second project begins mid-October and closes mid-December (or
approximately 50 hours of work total per student).

Contact Adrienne Lamberti for more information.


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].



Learn how different states' tax rates, credits and deductions affect the work of charitable nonprofits in the article "Nonprofits and State Tax Systems:  The Big Picture", Nonprofit Quarterly, April 18, 2013.  


Click HERE to read the entire article.

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 -  TBD
  • 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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