Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 80
May 19, 2014
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Media Panel: Tips & Insights In Media Relations -- Register Today!! 

When:  June 5, 2014
Time:   8:00 - 9:00 am
Where: Philanthropy Center, 425 Cedar Street, Waterloo, Iowa
Topic:  Media Panel: Tips and Insights In Media Relations

Do I need a media kit and what should be in it?  What are some of the changes taking place in print, TV and radio?  Learn the answers to these and all your media relations questions from media veterans Pat Blank of Iowa Public Radio, Nancy Newhoff of the Courier, and Tara Thomas, formally of KWWL.


Meet the Panelists:


Pat Blank, All Things Considered Host, Iowa Public Radio

Pat Blank has been with Iowa Public Radio for 26 years. She was hired as a reporter and eventually was chosen to host Morning Edition at the Cedar Falls studios in 1986.  She has been host of All Things Considered since 1995. She is a nationally award winning reporter who has also worked in commercial radio and television. Pat has served as a part-time instructor at Wartburg College and at the University of Northern Iowa where she teaches journalism classes.  She is on the Board of Control for UNI's student run radio station KULT. She is currently serving a fourth term on the National Board of Iowa Broadcast Archives.  Pat has a bachelor's degree in radio-television broadcasting from the University of Northern Iowa.


Nancy Newhoff, Editor, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Nancy Newhoff is the editor of the Courier, the first woman editor ever of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls paper. She is a native of West Des Moines, a  graduate of the University of Iowa, and was a longtime reporter and assistant editor before being named editor in 2007. She is the recipient of numerous newswriting awards as well as oversaw award-winning coverage of the Courier for the Parkersburg tornado, the Cedar River flood, the slaying of Ed Thomas and the search for the two missing Evansdale girls.


Tara ThomasDirector of School & Community Relations, Waterloo Community Schools

Tara Thomas joined the Waterloo Schools as communications director this past August.  For nearly 20 years prior, she was a television news anchor and reporter for KWWL in Waterloo and stations in Yakima, Washington and Mason City, Iowa.  Her Baby Steps blog chronicling her family's ups and downs became a popular way for eastern Iowa viewers to connect with her.  Until now, Tara was the only non-educator in her family.  Her parents are retired administrators in her hometown of Peoria, IL.  Her only sibling is a second grade teacher there.  She is married to Dave, a teacher at Waterloo West High School. 


No cost for CVNA members, $25 for non-members.  Please click here  to register for this great workshop.  Look forward to seeing you there.

"Straight from the Art" 


What:    Art Show - "Straight from the Art"
When:   June 4, 2014
Where:  3420 University Avenue, Waterloo
Time:    7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Please join as as we celebrate and show off artwork featuring 85 artists from North Star.  Enjoy live jazz by "Hands of Time" Quartet and refreshments Take part in our collaborative art project, "Word Wall" Auction to raise funds - many great items including a new Gibson Les Paul Signature electric guitar and Wyland lithograph.
For more information on this great event, please visit our web-site
Keeping You Informed ....

Wednesday, May 21, 2014  


In this webinar you will learn the nine attributes of effective nonprofit board governance and be able to make significant improvements in your organization's board. Join Kim Starkey Jonker and William F. Meehan III as they expand on their recentStanford Social Innovation Review article "A Better Board Will Make You Better." They will discuss the difficulties of achieving consistently effective governance and provide actionable suggestions for overcoming these challenges. Kathy Spahn, recipient of the 2014 Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership, will join Jonker and Meehan to discuss Helen Keller International's governance experiences and provide real-world examples about what works. 


This webinar is for social sector board members, executive directors, funders who assess and influence grantee board governance, and managers/staff who work with board members-anyone who seeks to create an organization with consistently effective governance in order to radically increase impact for beneficiaries. Webinar registrants will have the opportunity to ask Jonker, Meehan, and Spahn questions at the end of the webinar, which will be moderated by Michael Slind of SSIR.


Thanks to the generosity of the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership,

this webinar is complimentary



Please click here for more detailed information and to register for this webinar.



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Register Today for the Second Annual Iowa Nonprofit Conference


When:   Thursday, June 12, 2014 

Where:  Kirkwood Community College Learning Center, Cedar Rapids 

Time:     8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Cost:      $75


Who should attend:  Whether you are an executive director, the chief of operations, a board member, CFO, controller, accountant or finance professional, this intensive learning opportunity is right for you.


Full session descriptions and CPE information is now available for the Second Annual Iowa Nonprofit Conference. The conference features sessions related to a broad spectrum of organizational concerns including tax updates, cloud computing, capital planning, and technology controls.


For more information, check out our conference overview and clicking here.  And please click here for on-line registration (deadline, June 6tth).

Welcome New Members

Please welcome the following new members to our CVNA family:

  • Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa
  • EPI Services
Job Opportunities

Job Title:  Construction Supervisor

Job Description:  Supervises overall construction activity on the build sites each work day in accordance with Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity plans, specifications and quality requirements. Sufficient knowledge of residential, wood-frame construction. Ability to apply construction knowledge to scheduling, coordinating and participating in general construction work activities. Ability to lead, supervise and motivate individuals and teams of volunteers. Ability to read and interpret standard residential construction blueprints and specifications.
For full details on this postion and how to apply, please click here.

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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
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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 
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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
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.

Please let us know if your organization is looking for any interns this summer or in the future.  I will accumulate this information and post these opportunities on our web-site for others to pull from.please send them to [email protected]cedarvalleynonprofitassociation.com.

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)
  • 66 member organizations
  • 7 investors
  • 420 program registrations
  • 40 hours of programming
  • 80 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 55 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

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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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