Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 79
May 5, 2014
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

YWCA Soup Luncheon tomorrow 5/6
What:    Join the YWCA tomorrow for our annual Salad Luncheon!
Where:  YWCA in downtown Waterloo - Grace Cornish Lodge
Cost:     $9.00 - Reservations are encouraged but not required
Time:    11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch will include a variety of salads donated by volunteers and bread sticks donated by the Olive Garden; door prize drawings every 15 minutes! 


The YWCA's Annual Salad Luncheon is hosted by the YWCA's Friends Board and all proceeds support YWCA programs and services provided to more than 7,000 women, children and their families in the Cedar Valley!


To make reservations or for more details on this event, please call (319) 234-7589 or email ywca@ywcabhc.org 

Stamp Out Hunger -- May 10th


What:    Annual Mail Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
Where:  Your mailboxes
When:   This Saturday, May 10th

Stamp Out Hunger


Every year on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the country collect non-perishable food as part of the nation's largest one-day food drive, distributing the donations to local food banks. Since the pilot drive was held in 1991, more than a billion pounds of food have been collected.


All of the food collected in our community stays in our community and we support carriers' efforts to help those in need in our community.

Need Help?

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) is in the process of searching for a new service project for next year.  We typically do a 500 hour service project over the course of two semesters (one academic year). It is student lead and overseen by Julianne Gassman and Angie Widner.  


We are sending out a request for proposals looking for nonprofit organizations that have projects that NLA could work on.  Being advisory board members, we would love the opportunity to help serve your organization.  If you may not have any projects at the moment but have a connection in the area with an organization that would, please feel free to pass this along! It would be a great way for any organization to get lots of free help from students who are both knowledgeable and passionate about the nonprofit sector! 


For information and item specifics please click here.

A Framework For Understanding Poverty

  Dr. Ruby Payne will be the guest of Women's Philanthropy Connection


When:     Wednesday, May 14, 2004

Where:    Hilton Garden Inn 7213 Nordic Drive Cedar FallsIA 50613

Time:      11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Cost:      WPC Member$ 30.00, Community Member$35.00, Student

$25.00, Corporate Table of 8 $240.00 (includes lunch)


This annual education event improves understanding of local issues affecting quality of life and standards of living.  Dr. Payne is the author of A Framework for Understanding Poverty and co-author of Bridges Out of Poverty. She is an expert on the mindsets of economic classes and overcoming the hurdles of poverty, she has trained educators and community, church, and business leaders.  Dr. Payne's work stems from more than 30 years of experience in public schools as a high school department head, principal, and central office administrator of staff development.


Registrations for the event are due Thursday, May 8, 2014.  Please  

click here to register and read more information on this event.

Keeping You Informed ....
Myths and Realities of Starting  and Running a Nonprofit

You feel called to start a nonprofit business but do you really know what you are getting into before you take that leap?

  • Hear a panel of nonprofit founders/executive directors tell you what it's really like to run a start-up nonprofit.
  • Get valuable and surprising information about some of the legal aspects of starting and running a nonprofit organization from two attorneys.
  • Get resources to help you make good decisions and avoid mistakes.
Please click here to watch the video. This information has also been added to our web-site under the Resources tab.
Job Opportunities

Job Title: Development & Community Relations Coordinator

Job Description: The Larrabee Center, Inc. is seeking a highly organized self-starter to implement and coordinate the execution of the agency's annual fundraising plan.

A Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 1 year of experience in Development/Fundraising is required.  (Educational Experience may be considered.)

Interested applicants, please submit resume to Clark Wilharm, Executive Director, by noon on May 22, 2014 at 117 11th St NW, Waverly, IA 50677
- AND - 
Job Title:  Agency Shopping Coordinator
Job Description:  This position is responsible for the operations and supervision of the Agency Shopping
A high school diploma or equivalent required.  Knowledge of Food Safety and Handling preferred.  Computer experience preferred nut not required.
Job Title:  Health Educator 
Job Description:  This position will assist with the nutrition education components of our Food Bank programs: Member Agency Distribution program, Mobile Food Pantry program, Kids Cafe and the Cedar Valley Food Pantry.
4 year education required.  Minimum BA degree in affiliated field.
Job Title:  Food Handling Coordinator
Job Description: This position is responsible for all aspects of the Clean Room.  Including, but not limited to, the cleaning and sorting of all perishable and non perishable food items in to the Clean Room in accordance with Feeding America and Food Bank standard operating procedures to ensure food safety and sanitation.  
A High school diploma or equivalent knowledge of food safety and handling preferred.
For more details on all of these positions and information on how to apply, please 
 - AND -  
Job Title:  Development Director
Job Description:  Individual must have specific knowledge and work experience related to social services administration and standard practices related to working with at-risk populations.  Additionally, knowledge and skills related to human behavioral and mental health interventions, crisis management, the fiscal management and reporting requirements of State and Government funded programs are essential. A Bachelor's degree in relevant field of study or equivalent actual experience. Minimum of two years' experience in business marketing communications, and or community relations.  Management experience preferred in similar position as being offered.  
For full details on this position and how to apply, please click here.
Grant Funding Requests

The next deadline to submit funding requests to McElroy Trust is June 2, 2014.  

For more information on how to submit requests, please
CVNA Workshop Update.....
Mark your calendars for the next CVNA workshop:

When:  June 5, 2014
Time:   8:00 - 9:00 am
Where: Philanthropy Center
Topic:  Media Panel (working with the Media)

We are in the process of finalizing some details on the workshop and we will send out a separate email notice with more details on this event along with the registration form.

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
  • 54 jobs advertised
  • 20+ organizations connected with 50 UNI students 
  • added additional educational training workshops to our members
  • won the "Gift of the Heart 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. 

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CVNA Meeting Dates
CVNA is pleased to announce the topics of our upcoming education events for the year ahead: 2014
  • June 5th - Media Panel (Working with the Media)
  • 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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