Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 63
September 10, 2013
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Not Too Late -- Funny Ladies @ WCPH 

 Waterloo Community Playhouse September 6-14, 2013

Enjoy a farcical comedy about two down-on-their-luck actors who think they have struck gold by disguising themselves as the long lost nephews of a millionaire. The trouble is, when they arrive, they find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with Meg, who's engaged to the local minister.  
Call 319.291.4494 or visit www.wcpbhct.org  to get your tickets!
Building Healthy Communities 

Healthy Community Conference 

October 8, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
UNI Commons Ballroom
- AND-
October 9, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Various Locations
This would be a great conference for social workers, mental health professionals, teachers, educators, school counselors, law enforcement personnel, domestic violence and sexual assault counselors and advocates, congregations and pastors. 
CEU's are available!

Click here for registration information & information on the guest speakers
Come join us at the Arboretum for.....

An evening at the Arboretum! 
When: Saturday September 14th, 4:30-8:30
$30 per ticket
You can expect great food from Jim's "Smokin' the Wheels on the Grill" BBQ and Scratch, great music from the Wicked Anderson's, exciting live and silent auctions, and craft wines and beers! 



15th Annual Fall Harvest Festival

When: Sunday, September 15th, 11-4

Live entertainment, great food, wonderful arts and crafts vendors, classic car show, Scarecrow Contest, and kids' activities! 

$5 per carload


For more information on both events, click here

Student Food Drive  -- Kick-Off!!!

Join us as we begin this important 6-week drive!  
 Kick-Off celebration to the Student Food Drive  
 September 30th
 5:30 p.m.
New Food Bank, located at 1605 Lafayette Street.  
Who Says Boards Can't Dance in Leading Strategic Change? 

Board Development & Governance Workshop
October 3, 2013
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Philanthropy Center

Too many board members not only do not hit the governance "floor" with smooth moves, they barely crawl for some time.  All too often, it results in organizations losing much of the benefit that knowledgeable, skilled board members could produce and all too frequently many members fade away because of disappointed expectations.

Boards that truly govern at a high level take firm accountability for their own effectiveness.  The most you can do is to, if the board is determined to lead and govern effectively, is to help track the music and be a helpful dance partner.  Together, in this workshop, let's set the music and pick the dance steps.

"This session is specially designed to help staff leaders consider how to optimize the skills of board members." 

Please click HERE to register.  Deadline for registration is Monday, September 30, 2013.

MAKE IT STEM! Professional Development for STEM Innovation



What: MAKE IT STEM! Professional Development for STEM Innovation


When: Tuesday, October 1, 2013; 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM


Where: DuPont Pioneer, Johnston, Iowa 


Make it STEM! will offer active/informal learning professionals:

  • Networking time with STEM experts and your peers in informal learning.
  • Hands-on ideas to STEM-ify any programming and/or exhibits.
  • How to plan a high quality STEM experience.
  • Best practices in active learning in informal environments.
  • Opportunities to learn about STEM resources available across the state.
  • The chance to see Pioneer's innovative technology in action!
  • Model an immersive STEM experience to take back with you.

Register online click here

Coming This Spring - Explor-A-Ganza

Please note that we will not be hosting the Nonprofit Explor-A-Ganza this Fall. however, Amy Davison can facilitate your access to students needing a Spring internship.   


The Nonprofit Explor-A-Ganza will be held annually in the Spring.    


For more information or to contact Amy, please email her at [email protected]  

AFP'S Fundraising & National Philanthropy Days !!
Knowledge, Networking and New Ideas
 When: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Where: Waverly Health Center  
Rooftop Tendrils 
Time:  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Mark your calendar!  November 14, 2013 is National Philanthropy Day and the awards luncheon will be held at the Park Place Event Center in Cedar Falls.



This year the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa will be sponsoring special $250 prizes for the winners in each category to award to the nonprofit of their choosing.  


This is your opportunity to recognize a deserving individual, group, corporation, or foundation in these categories:


Gift of the Heart: Philanthropy 

Gift of the Heart: Legacy   

Gift of the Heart:  Youth 

Gift of the Heart: Governance 

Gift of the Heart: Innovation


Click to submit your online nomination or to submit a nomination by mail or email click here. 


For more information on both events, please click here

Character Counts -- Register Today

YMCA Job Openings

The YMCA of Black Hawk County has several job openings.  Please click here then click on employment link for all current openings and deadlines.

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].
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.




CVNA Meeting Dates

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

  • October 3, 2013 -  Board Development/Governance
  • December 5, 2013 -  Legislative Forum

More information about times and location will follow.


Quick Links

LIKE us on Facebook
Our Investors

Jean Trainor

Visit Our Website!