Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 73
January 20, 2014
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Technology Resources Workshop February 7, 2014 --Don't Delay, Register Today!!  
When:  Friday, February 7, 2014
Where:  Philanthropy Center 
Time:  8:00 - 9:00 a.m.   



Do you ever scratch your head and wonder, isn't there a way that technology could make this easier? Maybe it can! 


At this session, several of your nonprofit colleagues will demonstrate technology solutions that they're using to work smarter.  We'll have reviews of 5+ free or nearly free products that can increase productivity, ease collaboration and enhance communication.


We'll be using a new format at this membership meeting.  You'll have a chance to sit in small groups for about 10 minutes to witness a product demonstration by one of our own members.  This is not a technology "training", it's a chance to see a tech-product in action, and ask a real-life-user questions!  At the end of the meeting, there will be a time to share for you to share other products that you like! (Or if you have a product that you LOVE, and you'd like to demonstrate it, please email Stacy at [email protected] 


Please note, the day of this event is a Friday this month instead of the normal Thursday workshops.  To register for this workshop, please click here

You Are Invited -- Don't Miss Out!!
Please join the United Way at their annual Breakfast of Champions
When:  Thursday, February 6, 2014
Where:  Park Place Event Center
(Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Time:  7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Cost:  $10 for individual or $80 for table of 8
Please click here for more information and to register for this event.
Annual Nonprofit Explor-A-Ganza Event

The CVNA and the UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance students are partnering for an opportunity to participate in a career mixer. 


WHEN:  Monday, March 3rd, 2014 from 3:45pm-5:00pm


WHERE:  To Be Announced


Explore-A-Ganza is an excellent opportunity for non-profit organizations to become familiar with UNI students while providing students a forum to discuss internships, jobs, career & volunteer opportunities with your organization.    


Organization profiles will be shared with students ahead of time.  The format of the event will consist of "speed interviewing" with 5-6 rounds/rotations.   We hope you will join us!

If your organization is interested in participating in this great event, please click here

Keeping Our Members Informed.....
The Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program offers general or project support to non-profit organizations throughout the United States and accounts for about 75% of our total giving. Please click
here for possible grant opportunities and to read more on the Ben & Jerry's Foundation. 
For more than 30 years, Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) has advocated for financially healthy and successful nonprofits that help to make the world a better place. But as the world changes, we need to regularly gather information that lets supporters know what your nonprofit and the communities you serve need most. Please take click here to take this anonymous survey.
Nominations Please -- Deadline 2/24/14
Celebrating women whose lives, talents and passions shape the Cedar Valley community is at the heart of the YWCA of Black Hawk County. Beginning in 1911, the YWCA has empowered women and girls, advocated for equal opportunities for all people, developed young female leaders and promoted cultural diversity. Since 2007, we have recognized and honored women whose lives, talents and passions have shaped the Cedar Valley community. 
Cedar Valley Women of Persimmon candidates exemplify the YWCA mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all and make a difference in their community. Please take this opportunity to nominate a friend, relative or
colleague for this special honor. Winners will be announced at our luncheon on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at the new Hilton Garden Inn in the Cedar Falls Industrial Park. 

Deadline for nominations is Friday, February 21, 2014. Please have nomination forms post-marked by this date. Completed nominations can be mailed or delivered to: Cindy Mohr, YWCA of Black Hawk County, 425 Lafayette, Waterloo, IA 50703. 
Please take this opportunity to nominate a friend, relative or colleague for this special honor. Click here for more information and to print of the nomination form.
Grant Guru's -- February 5, 2014
When:  Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Where:  Philanthropy Cneter
 (3rd Floor US Bank Building) 
Time:  11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


The Grant Guru Learning Network is currently seeking new member leadership. The Grant Guru group meets on a quarterly basis to provide resources and networking opportunities to CVNA Members who participate in grant proposal development. Attendees are of all skill levels and varying organization types. To learn more about this group please click here.


If you are interested in becoming a Grant Guru leader please contact Holly Dusenbery at coordinator@cedarvalleynonprofitassociation.com.

In Theater News....
Waterloo Community Playhouse presents: Black Comedy 
January 31 - February 8, 2014 
Comedy with a real twist ... the audience can see the actors, but they can't see each other. When the lights go on for the audience, the actors must pretend they are in a "black out." The action supposedly in the dark is illuminated; when the lights are to be on, the stage is the dark. Lovesick and desperate, sculptor Brindsley Miller has embellished his apartment with furniture and objects d'arte "borrowed" from the absent antique collector next door hoping to impress his fianc´┐Że's pompous father and a wealthy art dealer. The fussy neighbor returns just as a blown fuse plunges the apartment into darkness and Brindsley is revealed teetering on the verge of very ripe farce. Unexpected guests, aging spinsters, errant phone cords and other snares impede his frantic attempts to return the purloined items before light is restored. 
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
Free Items...  Don't Miss Out!!
Stifel Nicolaus has 4 filing cabinets they would like to donate.  Each cabinet has 3 legal sized drawers, is 4-5 feet tall, 3 feet wide, and 16" deep roughly.  They are a putty color.  They are currently in storage so you would not be able to take a look at them.  
Please contact Tara Kabance if interested.  Her email is [email protected] and phone is 319-233-3400.  
CVNA -- 2014 Incentive to our Members
The Cedar Valley NonProfit Association is proud to announce that we will be offering two mini grants to our membership this year.  These mini grants are made possible as a result of us winning the Gift of the Heart: Innovation award at the National Philanthropy Day's annual luncheon.
Please stay tuned for information on how you will be eligible to possibly win one of these grants.

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


 In our first two years we have:
  • 58 member organizations
  • 7 investors
  • 310 program registrations
  • 35 hours of programming
  • 72 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 40 jobs advertised
  • 20+ organizations connected with 50 UNI students 
  • added additional educational training workshops to our members
  • won the "Gift of the Heat: Innovation award in 2013

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 
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: 2014
  • February 5th - Grant Guru
  • February 7th - Technology Resources
  • March 3rd - Explor-A-Ganza
  • April 3rd - Human Resources
  • June 5th - Compliance Relations
  • August 7th - Media Panel (Marketing & Social)
  • October 2nd - Advocacy
  • December 4th - Legislative Forum

More information about times and location will follow.  Please check our web-site for additional information.

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