Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 65
September 24, 2013
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

BoardFUNDAMENTALS Training Worskshop
Join us for a Board Training Workshop presented by Justin Tolan, CFRE on engaging Board members in fundraising.

Monday, September 30, 2013

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Elk's Club Ballroom  
407 East Park Avenue, Waterloo

Open to board members & senior staff of CFNEIA partner nonprofits serving Black Hawk County and CVNA members.  To register, please click here to register.
You Don't Want To Miss Out On this Great Workshop!  Deadline Fast Approaching....

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

Presenter: LaDene H. Bowen, CEcD, FM
Associate Director Institute for Decision Making
Business and Community Services @ UNI

Who Says Boards Can't Dance in Leading Strategic Change? 

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.
SAVE THE DATE - December 5, 2013
  Please mark your calendars to attend the Legislative Forum 
Thursday, December 5, 2013

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Location to be determined.  We will update the web-site as soon as the location is secured.  
More details to follow... Stay tuned!
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
Job Openings

Waterloo Schools Foundation Board seeks a self-motivated professional to inspire and engage volunteers and the educational community to achieve even greater visibility, recognition, and impact. 
Responsibilities include fundraising, organizational leadership & development, operations management, community impact, and personnel relations. 
Go to www.wcsfoundation.org/careers for complete job description.
To apply please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Jack Locke at jack@lockefuneralhome.com 
Position:  Wellness Director

The Black Hawk County YMCA is looking for a dynamic new leader to oversee health and wellness programs and services offered to the community. 


The ideal candidate has a proven record of delivering innovative and successful health and wellness programming, experience hiring, leading, and evaluating multiple staff, building and managing a budget, special event management experience and a passion for deepening relationships, and strengthening communities. 


For more information and to apply for this great position, please click here

National Service is a "No Brainer"

We invite you to read Governor Terry E. Branstad's comments about volunteerism and national service.  Iowa's governor is this week's guest blogger for  The Huffington Post! 


This post is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post and the Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute to recognize the power of national service, in conjunction with the National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11th and the 20th anniversary of the signing of the AmeriCorps legislation on September 20th.  The Franklin Project is a policy program at the Aspen Institute working to create a 21st century national service system that challenges all young people to give at least one year of full-time service to their country.


New GrantCraft Podcast Series 
Podcasts are relatively new territory for us at GrantCraft.  We're excited to share with you the first of four episodes from our new podcast series Shaping the Future of Philanthropy: Voices from Next Gen Donors. In this month-long series, we explore the values, motivations, and stories of the up-and-coming generation of philanthropists.  
Give a listen to our first episode:  Next Gen Donors: Who Are They? 
We'll release the others each Wednesday this month on our new podcast page , so make sure you give each a listen. We'll also have a blog with each episode on  nextgendonors.org; after you listen to each episode, leave your thoughts in the blog comments. 
In other GrantCraft news, we've recently shared guest posts on our blog on leveraging social media and developmental evaluation, and have contributed guest posts on philanthropy trends and resources for new funders on other blogs. We also reread our guide Using Competitions and RFPs and found it newly helpful.


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.  

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 amy.davison@uni.edu  

AFP'S National Philanthropy Day!!
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


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 coordinator@cedarvalleynonprofitassociation.com.
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.


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