Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

May 28, 2013
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 


Please plan to join the CVNA

Thursday, June 6th  from 8:00am-9:00am


Presenter:  Todd Coleman, Assistant VP for

Admissions at Wartburg College  



The Art of Negotiation.


Each and every day we negotiate in our lives with our families, co-workers, supervisors, friends and business partners.  How much time do we really spend preparing for these negotiations and thinking about what we want or need as an outcome?   


Learn some valuable tidbits on how to better compromise and create win/win situations for both you and the individual/entity you are negotiating against.  Hear the negotiation experiences of others and some of the ideas they utilize in their daily lives.




Please click HERE TO RSVP

if you plan to attend the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association meeting on June 6, 2013 at 8:00am.  The deadline to register is Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by 3:00pm


Event Date:  Thursday, June 6, 2013  8:00am-9:00am

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


 This event, and other CVNA events, is open at no-cost to Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association members.  Nonmembers may attend for $25 and will be invoiced following the event. 



Have you renewed and joined yet?  Don't miss out on our upcoming programs and networking opportunities!


 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].

Strategic Financial Planning Session
Nonprofit Assistance Fund In Person Training

Monday, July 22, 2013   


An advanced workshop designed for nonprofit leaders who want to take their financial management skills to the next level.  At this workshop, you will learn about analytical tools to assist in understanding your organization's current financial position and current business model, different techniques and approaches to having practical conversations critical to organizational decision-making, and factors to consider when scenario planning and multi-year budgeting.  


More information will be posted soon regarding location, cost and registration. 



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 stop by the Waterloo Center for the Arts.

Design Labs

Thursday I 6:30-7:30pm

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.

EVENTS--Summer Program 

 The Arc of Cedar Valley is offering  


Music Therapy Summer Program


June 17, 2013-August 12, 2013


Check out their website HERE for more information or view the BROCHURE. 


EVENTS--Family Movie 
Designer Genes-Down Syndrome Group will host a family-friendly movie, Monsters University, at Marcus Theaters-Crossroads, Waterloo on
June 22 at 10:00 am.

Cost is $2.00 per person; those with Down syndrome enter free. Cash only.

Doors open 9:30-9:50 am. Snack bar available at regular prices.

RSVP preferred by July 19th at 319-404-0396 (text messages accepted) or designergenes2005@yahoo com.
EVENTS--Theatre Production 
photo from WCF Courier BRANDON POLLOCK / Courier Staff Photographer
North Star Community Services invites you to its June 5, 2013 inclusive community theatre production of "Peter Pan."

The play, directed by Mr. Greg Holt, will be held at the
Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 7:00 p.m., and features an ensemble cast of men and women with a wide array of abilities.

The event is free and open to the public. The production (North Star's 4th) promises to be our best play yet - full of all the fun and magic that Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinker Bell, Pirates, and the Lost Boys can provide!


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].


A worthwhile video to watch...
Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong
Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong


photo from USA Today, Charlie Riedel, AP

From the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, here's a link providing information on where to give and how to help the victims of the tornado that swept through Moore, Oklahoma.   


Click HERE to view. 

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 -  The Art of Negotiation 
  • 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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