Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 75
February 17, 2014
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Money Smart - AG Conference -- 2/25/14 
When:  Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Time:  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Where:  Hawkeye Community College - Tama Hall
Cost:  Students $10 & Adults $20 walk-in registration is an additional $10  
Conference Topics:

* Ag Legalities * Avoiding Credit Pitfalls * U.S. Monetary Policy

* Ag Estate Planning * Commodities Outlook * And Many More! 
Keynote Speaker:  Mike Pearson
National AG Expert:  David Oppedahl 
*Registering by February 17 is strongly encouraged to ensure workshop materials and lunch.  Registration requires creation of a user profile and credit card payment.
For more information, call the Hawkeye AG Department 319-296-4011.
Please click here for full flier details and bio information on the speakers.
Technology Workshop Follow-Up  
There was a great turn-out for the CVNA's Technology workshop that was held on February 7, 2014.
As promised, we have posted this information under the "Resource" section on our web-site.  
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.
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:  Gallagher Bluedorn 


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

You Are Invited -- Don't Miss Out!!
Get Connected: A Young Professional Networking Event


When:  Thursday, February 18, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where:  Isle Casino Hotel, Waterloo

Cost: Free to Cedar Valley United Way Emerging Leaders, Cedar Valley Jaycees and Cedar Valley Young Professionals. $5 for all others


Please click here to register.


Take part in this round-robin style networking event designed to introduce you to fellow young professionals and leaders from the Cedar Valley. 


Confirmed leaders for the event include:

Dr. Linda Allen, Hawkeye Community College

Sue Beach, Cedar Falls Blue Zones Project

Dan Beenken, UNI Incubator

Janelle Darst, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center

Paul Farmer, Veridian Credit Union

Abraham Funchess, City of Waterloo Human Rights Commission

Brian Hoyer, Recycle Rite

Paul Jungen II, UAW Local 838

Jim Mudd Sr., The Mudd Group

Bari Richtor, Isle Casino Hotel


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 Emerging Stars: A Children's Giving Event


When:  Saturday, March 1, 10 a.m. to noon

Where:  UNI's Human Performance Center, Cedar Falls

Cost: $5 per child


Register online at www.cedarvalleyunitedway.org


Bring the kids in your life to learn about giving. Kids will learn ways they can make the world a better place. Adults are asked to learn and participate with the kids. Registration includes activities, a copy of "The Giving Book" by Ellen Sabin, and a sack lunch. Recommended for kindergarten through 4th grade.

Write Winning Grant Proposals Workshop


Through collaboration with the University of Northern Iowa and the UNI Foundation, the Community Foundation of  Northeast Iowa is pleased to offer nonprofits in Northeast Iowa the opportunity to attend a full-day workshop on grant writing. 


When:   Friday, March 7 

Where:  UNI campus. 

Time:    8:00 am- 4:30 pm

Cost:     $20 for workbook (registration fee paid for by UNI and the UNI foundation and $50 - $55 of the workbook covered by the Community Foundation )

Lunch:   NO additional charge (covered by UNI Foundation)


Space is limited. To take advantage of this opportunity, nonprofits

need to apply.   Deadline is February 21, 2014.

In order to take advantage of this opportunity, organizations must be classified as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and must serve residents in the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa's region. Limit one participant per organization.


Please click here for full details on this workshop and how to get registered.

If you have any questions, please contact Tom Wickersham at 319-287-9106 x20.  

Job Openings
Job Title:  Development Manager


The Development Manager is responsible for developing and implementing the programs for individual, church and business giving to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.  These programs include, but are not limited to, marketing, special events, grant writing, sponsorships, and major donor campaigns.   
Bachelor's degree with minimum of two years relevant experience in a related field or five years of relevant experience with a bachelor's degree in a non-related field.   
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Job Title:  Receiving Manager
The Receiving Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management and supervision of the Food Bank's warehouse operations including warehouse and clean/sort room. This position will be responsible for ensuring compliance with Northeast Iowa Food Bank standard operating procedures for the warehouse including receiving, inventory and order pulling. 
Bachelor's degree required along with warehouse/manager experience.
For more information and to apply for either of these positions, please click on this link
Job Title: Director of Marketing
Are you seeking a rewarding career with an employer of choice in the Cedar Valley?  Cedar Valley Hospice is seeking a full time Director of Marketing.  The Director of Marketing is a member of the Executive and Advancement teams, and is responsible for Marketing and Public Relations.  Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Public Relations or related field.  Five years experience in Marketing and or Public Relations, and at least two years of management/supervision experience is required.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to:
Katie Unland ([email protected])
Director of Human Resources
PO Box 2880
Waterloo, Ia 50702
319-272-2299 Fax


For more details on how to apply for this position, please click here



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Job Title:  Education & Interpretation Manager  


Individual will facilitate educational programs and initiatives to preserve the heritage and expand the knowledge of American agriculture. Bachelor's degree with emphasis in education, interpretation, history orrelated field required. Four years of education/interpretive experience needed. 


If you are an excellent communicator and self-motivated, submit application here.

Keeping Our Members Informed.....


Volunteer Iowa Day at the Capitol - - Register now for your chance to advocate for your organization and the impact of volunteers in Iowa!


WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE: Iowa nonprofit organizations and programs that utilize volunteers or national service to enhance their services and carry out their mission.


WHAT: Volunteer Iowa Day at the Capitol, hosted by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (Volunteer Iowa).  No fee to attend the reception. 


WHERE: Legislative Dining Room, State Capitol Building, 1007 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa


WHEN: February 24, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Your RSVP requested by Thursday, February 20)


WHY AND WHAT'S NEW THIS YEAR: Volunteer Iowa Day at the Capitol is an opportunity for Iowa nonprofit organizations to communicate the power of volunteers and the public policy agenda of the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service to legislators and policy makers.  This agenda was developed with input from the Iowa volunteer and nonprofit sector.  The day also gives you a chance to talk with your legislators about the impact volunteers have in their district and the critical services volunteers provide in their communities. 


This year, instead of setting up tables in the rotunda and asking legislators to come to us, we're going to them! Meet up and receive training at our reception and then visit with your representatives about your organization and how we can support volunteers in Iowa. You can also invite your legislators to meet you at the reception. Join our webinar for tips and tricks to make the day successful for you!


Please click here for registration details. Please click here for full details on this event.


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


 In our first two years we have: (continually being updated)
  • 63 member organizations
  • 7 investors
  • 370 program registrations
  • 37 hours of programming
  • 75 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 45 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 
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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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