Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

June 25, 2013
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 


Strategic Financial Planning Session
Nonprofit Assistance Fund In Person Training

Monday, July 22, 2013   


Baskins Classroom, Winter Hall @ Allen College


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.  


After this workshop, you will be able to:

  • ensure that key organization decision-makers have a shared understanding of the organization's financial health, business model, and financial risks
  • gain agreement on key organizational goals and priorities
  • determine what will be necessary to become a more financially dynamic and flexible organization
  • properly balance an emphasis on annual budgeting with scenario planning and multi-year financial forecasting 


Deadline for CVNA members to register is June 28, 2013. The price per person is $25.  Please click HERE to register.  Class size is limited so don't delay!  If space permits, non-members may begin registration on July 1st, 2013 and price per person is $65. 


Executive Director


The United Ways of Iowa is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director. The mission of the United Ways of Iowa is to bring together the power of United Ways and their local communities to drive impact in education, income and health.


The United Ways of Iowa Executive Director leads the statewide association United Ways of Iowa and its Board of Directors, establishing the vision for the association and directing strategic statewide efforts.


The Executive Director demonstrates the leadership, managerial, relationship and technical skills to lead a statewide association and implement its long-term strategic goals. The Executive Director serves as the primary liaison for United Ways of Iowa at the state and national level, demonstrating knowledge of United Way and the greater nonprofit sector and representing the interests of local United Ways who are members of the state coalition.


A bachelor's degree required with a minimum of two years demonstrated experience in community organizing or planning work.

Click here for a more detailed description.


Candidates are invited to apply by submitting a resume and cover letter along with your salary expectations by July 8, 2013 to:  Scott Crane - Board Chair, United Ways of Iowa at [email protected].  No phone inquiries please.

Driver/Warehouse Worker

The Pickup and Delivery Driver's primary duties include driving Food Bank vehicles for the purposes of picking up donations and delivering products to agencies and programs. Additional duties will include, but not be limited to, warehouse functions. 


Must have or be able to obtain valid class B CDL with airbrakes endorsement and clean driving record. Minimum two years of employment with responsibility level similar to Food Bank position.



Full job description can be found HERE.


Amy Dutton

1605 Lafayette St.

Waterloo, IA 50703

[email protected]


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--Hearth Fest   

Hearth Fest is a music and arts festival that benefits the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. This is our 9th year. Monetary or non-perishable food donations are admission. Local visual and musical artists donate their talents and artwork. There's a silent art auction, craft sale, acoustic music, poetry contests and kids activities throughout the day, including a kid's poster art contest for prizes. There will be a "Karma Caf�" on site as well. Homemade pies like Grandma used to make and coffee will be served. The Dean of Juggling will make an appearance in the afternoon. The Cedar Valley Acoustic Guitar Association musicians, Raldo Schneider, and others will play. This event is on a Sunday to showcase it as a fun family event.


Sunday, August 25, 2013   1-7pm 


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. 



  Are you looking for some tips on recruiting volunteers for your organization?  Here's a great resource out of the University of Kansas.

Click on



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 recent article in the Nonprofit Quarterly highlights the impact of the sequester on small nonprofits.  Read on to learn more about the issue surrounding tax credits and health insurance coverage.

Click HERE to review the June 25th article "Sequester Cuts Health Insurance Tax Credit".  


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 at [email protected].

The CVNA wishes you all a wonderful 4th of July as we celebrate our nation's Independence Day!   



It's with mixed feelings that I say good bye to the members of the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association.  Thank you for all your support and encouragement over the last year and a half as I began my journey with the CVNA.  I"m so grateful for the opportunity to work with so many talented and dedicated professionals.  


I will be stepping down as the Coordinator at the end of this month as my family relocates to Cincinnati, OH.  I've enjoyed serving all of you and look forward to watching as you continue to thrive as an amazing network of experts and leaders.   


Thank you also to an amazing Executive Committee who has been a pleasure to work for and with.  I will miss our monthly meetings over a steaming cup of joe!   Your commitment to excellence is an asset to the Cedar Valley and you are all outstanding mentors and trailblazers!


If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to contact members of the Planning Committee.  




Tiffany Seoldo 


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CVNA is pleased to announce the topics of our upcoming education events for the year ahead:

More information about times and location will follow.


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