Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 81
June 2, 2014
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Hawkeye ASTD Non-Profit Training Day


What:    Hawkeye ASTD Non-Profit Training Day
When:   June 4, 2014
Where:  Mount Mercy Graduate Center, 1599                   Wenig Rd, Cedar Rapids, IA
Time:    7:45 am  - 3:45 pm
Cost:     $25



For the third consecutive year, Hawkeye ASTD is offering a day of training for anyone who works or volunteers for anon-profit organization.  This all-day event will be held at Mt. Mercy Graduate Center in Cedar Rapids.  Click here for an informational flyer that you can share with others who may be interested in attending.


Participants will enjoy a continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack provided to each participant compliments of the ASTD Hawkeye Chapter. This is our way of saying "Thank you" for all that you do in the Iowa communities.


Click here for more details on registration and payment details.


Tips & Insights In Media Relations -- This week so 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.

Ronald McDonald House Grant Program


Area nonprofits can now apply for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois Grant.  Looking to improve the health and well being of the children beyond the walls of the RMHC of Iowa City.  The RMHC of Eastern Iowa nd Western Illinois will award over $75,000 to local organizations dedicated to the same mission.  
The RMHC of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois  Grants program aims to make an impact on children's live by awarding grants to qualified nonprofit organization assisting thousands of children outside of the Ronald McDonald House.  Over the course of the six-year existence with the RMHC of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois , this program has impacted over 44,000 children that never had the need to step insdie the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City.
For more information on this grant process and how to apply, please click here (under Community Impact) or contact Sam Brediau at (319) 356-3939 or by email samantha-brediau@uiowa.edu.
"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 ....

The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (ICVS) is pleased provide funding in the form of George H.W. Bush Volunteer Generation Fund grants, which support development and strengthening of the volunteer infrastructure in Iowa through Volunteer Centers. The 2014 grant represents year four of a four-year federal appropriation.  Additional funding may be available through future federal appropriations.  For the latest news, we invite you to visit this page from time to time

or join our e-mail list to have announcements delivered right to your inbox.  The following information provides a basic overview about this



The purpose of this Request for Application ("Application") is to solicit applications from organizations that have, or are developing, the capacity and funding to support a volunteer connector organization, but who need additional resources to meet the competencies outlined in this application. 


New organizations, not currently receiving VGF grant funds, that have or are developing the capacity and funding to support a volunteer connector organization are eligible to apply.



For application deadlines, timeline and application process, please click here



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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 on-line registration details, please click here.  



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Free Webinar on Silos & Smokestacks' General Grant Application

Northeast Iowa - Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) will be hosting a free General Grant Application Webinar, on Tuesday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. CST. For the 2015 grant cycle, Silos & Smokestacks will only be accepting applications submitted online. The webinar will outline the new application process and assist potential applicants in setting up their online profile.
Please follow this link to sign-up for this free webinar.
Want to Make A Difference?

We're recruiting people who love KIDS & love WATERLOO to join our Crowdrise Campaign!
We know you are a supporter of Waterloo schools, students, and teachers, but sometimes finding time to get involved can be difficult. With this campaign, you can help from the comfort of your own desk!  
Job Opportunities

Job Title:  Development Officer

Job Description: In partnership with the Executive Director and key volunteers, the employee will provide expertise to implement a comprehensive fundraising initiative to ensure the perpetuity of The Arc mission. The candidate will oversee an integrated development program including endowment, large and planned gifts, as well as the growth, management and recognition components of a Legacy Society.

Bachelor's degree and at least five years of demonstrated experience in resource development and/or planned giving.

For more information on this position and how to apply, please

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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
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.

 Grant Opportunity Available....
Silos & Smokestacks General Grants help fund agricultural related interpretive projects in the Heritage Area including exhibit development, educational programs, interpretive signage, marketing, and event programming. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, local/regional governments or federally recognized Indian tribes with projects located within the Heritage Area. Applicants need not be a designated SSNHA Partner Sites or located within the Heritage Area, however, the grant project work must benefit the Heritage Area directly. Grant awards range from $1,000 to $10,000.
Please click here and share this grant opportunity information with all interested persons.  
Save the Date....
Mark your calendars for the next Grant Guru meeting on June 26th. More information and registration details will follow.  

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 coordinator@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
  • 1 corporate sponsor
  • 438 program registrations
  • 42 hours of programming
  • 81 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 56 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
  • September 25th - Grant Gurus
  • 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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