Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 69
November 18, 2013
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

 Legislative Forum - - December 5, 2013

Please mark your calendars to attend the 2nd Annual Legislative Forum
Thursday, December 5, 2013
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Waterloo Center For the Arts
Sheila Baird with Cedar Valley United Way will be our moderator for this event again this year.  If you have specific questions you will want to be asked to our State Representatives, please email them to Sheila ahead of time at [email protected].  Time permitting, additional questions will able to asked the day of the event.
There is no charge to members for this event.  Non-members will be charged $40.  Please click here to RSVP for this event.
7 Habits Cedar Valley- Jan.23 & 24, 2014
The CVNA and CUNA Mutual are pleased to announce their co-sponsorship of the 7 Habits Cedar Valley (Covey).  The two-day session for nonprofits will be held on:
       January 23rd & 24th, 2014
         8:00 am - 4:00 p.m. (both days)
        Allen College, Waterloo
Deadline to register:  January 10, 2014
Cost for GCVAC or CVNA investors/members is $225 & $300 for non-investors or members.  Please call (319)232-1156 or go to cedarvalleyalliance.com/7habitscedarvalley
to register.
Job Opportunities

Job Title:  Director of Development
The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa seeks a dynamic Director of Development to join the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa team. This candidate must possess a passion to help donors and fund holders meet their philanthropic goals through gift planning and endowment building options. 
The Director of Development will seek support by fostering existing donor relationships and soliciting new contributions through donor cultivation. The candidate will primarily serve Black Hawk County, and must have the ability to collaborate with individuals, businesses and other stakeholders in order to move the CFNEIA mission forward. 
Please click here to submit your resume and to see full details of position.
 - AND -
Job Title:  Chief Financial Officer
The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber has an opportunity for a Chief Financial Officer to oversee the accounting and finance operations of the Alliance & Chamber and associated entities. 
Primary duties include preparation of monthly financial reports; developing and monitoring budgets and internal control policies and procedures. Bachelor's degree in accounting with a CPA or CMA designation preferred. 
At least 5 years experience as a Controller, CFO or other supervisory accounting role. Proficiency in the utilization of a variety of software applications, with Dynamics Great Plains experience preferred. Must demonstrate use of mature judgment and excellent problem solving skills and analytical ability. 
Please send cover letter, resume and references to: [email protected]. Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber, 10 West Fourth Street, Suite 310, Waterloo, IA 50701. EOE 
Community Event - - November 21, 2013

 Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival 


November 21, 2013


 4:00 - 7:30 pm  


Five Sullivan Brothers Center in Waterloo


This FREE event will offer students pk-6th grade+ and their families 85+ hands-on STEM activities.  There will be Four specialty shows and Concessions will be provided. 


For more information or questions, please contact James B. Hoelscher
Northeast Iowa STEM Hub at the University of Northern Iowa at
(319) 273-7397.

In Theater News....
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! by Black Hawk Children's Theatre
  November 20-24, 2013 
(see breakdown of times below)
Everyone's favorite rambunctious Junie B. is back just in time for the holidays. Christmas is well until she selects her arch-nemesis, May, for her Secret Santa. Horrors! Junie B. hatches a plan to give May exactly what she deserves. Will Junie B. follow through on her idea or choose to do the right thing? Based on the best-selling Junie B. Jones series, this family-friendly holiday warm-up shares an important lesson about the goodness of giving and forgiving. BHCT will offer school performances for just $1 per seat November 20-22 and public performances for $10 on November 22-24, 2013. Join us for this insightful play about tolerance and personal responsibility! Before the show, attend Dinnertainment, a family friendly dinner at 5:30 pm on Friday, November 22 catered by the RiverLoop Co-op.  
Hope Martin Theatre, located inside the Waterloo Center for the Arts at 225 Commercial Street in Waterloo.  


Tickets: 319.291.4494 | [email protected] | www.wcpbhct.org
Affordable Care Act -- Questions
The new Affordable Care Act provides insurance benefits and healthcare services to people who don't have them now.  Please view a list of phones numbers and/or email addresses to answer any questions you may have.
UnityPoint Health (319) 235-3737 or (319) 235-5099 or www.Unitypoint.org
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - (319) 272-7298 or 
People's Clinic - (319) 272-4350
You can also go to www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596
CVNA - - Keeping Our Members Informed!
Foundation Center Launches Open Data Tool"Foundation Stats" Lets Users Generate Free Custom Data on the Fly

November 4, 2013. The Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy, has launched  Foundation Stats, an online tool that provides free and open access to a wealth of data on the U.S. foundation community.


The intuitive web-based platform can be used by anyone to generate thousands of custom tables and charts on the size, scope, and giving priorities of the nearly 82,000 independent, corporate, community, and grantmaking operating foundations in the U.S. It includes an Application Programming Interface (API) so that web developers can freely extract the data for their own use.


"Foundation Stats allows grantmakers, nonprofit professionals, researchers, and journalists to get exactly the foundation data they need," said Bradford K. Smith, president of the Foundation Center. "It represents a huge leap forward in opening up data on philanthropy and paves the way for the development of innovative applications of the type that only open data makes possible."


Please click here to go to the main web-site.
- AND - 
How do funders and grantees communicate? Generally, it is through grant proposals at the beginning of the relationship and through reports at the end. These proposals and results usually articulate expectations in terms of outputs and outcomes.  Click here
to continue reading this interesting article.
CVNA Workshop's for 2014
  Please mark your calendars for our 2014 Workshop dates:
Febraury 6th - Technology Resources
April 3rd - TBA
June 5th - Compliance Relations
August 7th - Media Panel (Marketing & Social)
October 2nd - Advocacy
December 4th - Legislative Forum
All workshops will be from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
All workshops can be found on our web-site under the "Events" icon.
In Other News....

Congratulations to the CVNA for winning the Gift of Heart: Innovation award at last weeks National Philanthropy Day awards luncheon held by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  We are very excited and honored to receive this award!  Cheers to continued growth as we move forward with our planning for 2014!

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 
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CVNA Meeting Dates

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

  • December 5, 2013 -  Legislative Forum
  • 2014 programs are now posted on our web-site

More information about times and location will follow.


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