Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 78
April 7, 2014
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

CVNA Is Constantly Making A Difference,..
This article is a direct response from our Legislative Forum held this past December.  It is great to see we are all working together to make a difference.
Nominations Please - Deadline 3/20/14
UNI's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance invites you to join them in celebrating this years award recipients.


When:   Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 12:00 - 1:30 pm  
Where:  UNI Commons Ballroom
Cost:    $30.00.  Winners will receive a complimentary ticket.


Please follow this link to register for the awards luncheon.  

Grant Guru -- Date Changed to April 22nd
Grant Gurus
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When:   Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Where:  Philanthropy Center (425 Cedar Street, Waterloo)

      (3rd Floor of US Bank Building)

Time:    11:30 am - 12:30 pm


Please join us for the next Grant Guru on where we will have a round table discussion regarding the UNI grant workshop in which many members attended the first week of March.  There will be some discussion on the do's and don'ts of grant writing along with MANY great resources to share.  Some of these resources include but are not limited to, grant writing websites, foundation websites and additional funding websites.


Please click here to RSVP.  Deadline to register is Monday, April 21st. Free to CVNA members.
We look forward to seeing you!
Academic Excellence Breakfast....

Date:   Thursday, April 24th
Time:   7:00 AM-8:30 AM
Where  Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center
More:    Featuring a keynote by West High'94 Alumnus-Ben Bamsey
Cost:     $25/each or $250-Corporate Table (With Signage/Logos)

Order Tickets: [email protected] or call-319-939-9550
Keeping Our Members Informed....

The Phelps Youth Pavilion will recognize

"The Week of the Young Child"


When:  April 6-12, 2014

Cost:   1/2 price admission, $2.50

Times: Sunday 1:00 -5:00 p.m., Closed on Monday's. Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Over 40 hands-on, interactive exhibits make learning about art and culture a fun family experience.  The new Junior Art Gallery III exhibit "The Great Bicycle Recycle" provides opportunities to learn about "going green" & making eco-friendly choices.  It also features art using found objects and recycled bicycle parts. 



Big Brothers Big Sisters will host Bowl for Kids' Sake 


When:  April 10th 

Where:  Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo


For more details of this vent and to sign up, visit, click here

 Community Involvement 

2014 Governor's Volunteer Award nominations are being accepted. Learn more about how to nominate an individual or group who is committed to volunteerism, leadership and hard work in the community.

Did You Know...


The Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center, along with the Iowa Nonprofit Collaborative, has published a report on the impact of Iowa's nonprofits in our state. Learn more about this project and download a copy today. 
Theater News....
What:    Garage Sale
Where:  Hope Martin Theater
When:   March 21-29, 2014
Cost:     $22 adults and $11 children

WCP's annual new play uses a garage sale to examine the clutter of a 25-year-old suburban marriage. This comedy centers on a family fighting over what to keep and what to sell and the wonderful shoppers who have squabbles of their own. As nosy neighbors and bargain-hunters thumb through their once-loved junk, Joe and Kate uncover hidden family conflicts that lead to a startling climax.

Please click here for full details and ticket information. 
 Membership News.... Congratulations!!!
Congratulations to Waterloo Community Schools and Heartland Habitat for Humanity.
These two organizations were the winners for the two mini scholarships the CVNA was handing out for early membership renewal.
If you have not renewed your membership for this year, it is not too late.  We look forward to receiving your payment and we look forward to another successful year. 

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
  • 420 program registrations
  • 40 hours of programming
  • 78 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 48 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
  • April 22nd -Grant Guru
  • June 5th - Media Panel (Marketing & Social)
  • June 26th - Grant Guru's
  • August 7th - Succession Planning
  • October 2nd - Advocacy
  • September 25th - Grant Guru's
  • December 4th - Legislative Forum

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

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