Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 83
June 30, 2014
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Want to help the Cedar Valley United Way

Please help support the Cedar Valley United Way


Cedar Valley, gear up for COLOR!

Run or Dye will be visiting town on Saturday, July 12, and a portion of the money raised through the event will be donated to CVUW! Coined "The Most Colorful 5K," Run or Dye welcomes all ages and all fitness levels. But, the event can't be a success without the help of volunteers, and that's where we need YOUR help. If you want to help out United Way and have a (colorful!) blast while doing so, check out volunteer descriptions below, then visit the link to sign up! And, make sure to include that you are signing up through Cedar Valley United Way on the registration form! Can't make it the day of the event, but still want to help? Don't worry; volunteers are needed the week leading up to the event too!

Volunteer Registration Link:



Volunteer Assignments: 
1. Packet Pick-Up: Takes place 1-2 days before the event. Each day of packet pick-up has shifts from 10-3 and 3-8. Volunteers willing to work an entire shift (10-8) will receive a free ticket to the race! 
2. Race Day Volunteer Captains: Volunteer Captains are volunteers who take a leadership role. They are in charge of the "Dye Stations" and making sure runners get colorful in a safe, responsible way. Captains will arrive at 6:15 a.m. the day of the race. 
3. Race Day Volunteers: There are multiple positions for race day volunteers, including Color Crew (throwing dye), parking attendants, and check-in staff. Assigned on an as-needed basis, so come willing to do whatever is needed! Most volunteers should plan on leaving around 1:00 p.m. after the event winds down.


Running the Race

Interested in running the 5K rather than volunteering? You can use the coupon code WATERLOOROD5 and get $5 off your registration. PLUS, $5 will be donated back to Cedar Valley United Way. You can register to run the race at  

Keeping Our Members Informed...


Funding source:  Telligen Community Initiative


Website:  www.telligenci.org This site simply and succinctly lays out the proposal process for this grant cycle and gives you access to the grant application approach and tools to make your project submission.


Funding focus:  Our areas of funding interests largely revolve around 1) projects and programs that seek to improve and assure access to quality health access for the under served and 2) innovative efforts to improve access to and encouragement of students acquiring the skills to successfully address health care workforce development opportunities of all kinds. 


Geographic focus:  Projects taking place throughout Iowa and Illinois.  Applicant determined definition of community that could be as small as a neighborhood or census tract and as large as multi-county or statewide project.  Again, the scope is in the hand of the applicant/applicant coalition and their vision for the proposed work. 

Grant size and duration:  Maximum per grant project award amount of $50,000, though projects of smaller sizes are welcome.  Please plan your proposals for a single year project period with a planned grant start date of 1/1/2015.


Deadline:  Grant proposals are due to Telligen Community Initiative by July 15, 2014.  Additional information on downloadable proposal templates and required attachments for submission is available at www.telligenci.org . 

Job Opportunities

Job Title:  Program Manager
Job Description:  The person in this position will work closely with the Program Director to effectively implement and deliver grants, scholarships, and community initiatives programs. This position will work directly with community stakeholders across northeast Iowa including grantees, fund holders, volunteers, and staff. 


Bachelor's degree required or equivalent combination of education and experience, 3+ years' experience preferred in a non-profit or profit role, experience in managing and improving processes and procedures, proven ability to partner/collaborate with key stakeholders, excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills


Please click here for further job description and application process.()




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Job Title: Executive Director (part-time)

Job Description:  Executive Director (ExDir) will support the CFCT, the board and the community as significant growth is realized over the next few years. The ExDir will provide leadership and support to the board and donors as: the CFCF becomes a certified community foundation; existing funds grow; and new initiatives and funding opportunities develop. 
Excellent computer, interpersonal and organizational skills required. 
Please click here for full details of job and how to apply.  Application deadline is 4:00 pm July 7, 2014. 



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Job Title:  Cedar Valley Area Development Coordinator
Job Description:  Acquires necessary financial and volunteer resources to support programs through direct marketing of programs and manages assigned special events for the Cedar Valley Area.  The position also implements public relations plan to develop broader market base and leads the Cedar Valley Area Board of Directors.

Bachelors degree or equivalent experience.  Two years JA or related sales experience with strong sales expertise and performance, proven written/oral communication, and organizational/planning skills.
Please click here for more details and information on how to apply.
Christmas in July

The Waverly-Shell Rock Area United Way is announcing the 

first-ever "Christmas in July" community initiative this summer. 


Christmas in July will run from approximately June 26th to July 10th. During these two weeks, we will be collecting personal hygiene products throughout the community. Employees and customers of local businesses will have the opportunity to donate personal hygiene items for those in need in the Waverly-Shell Rock area. 


The items collected will be distributed through our partner agencies to youth, elderly, families in need, and persons with intellectual disabilities in the Waverly-Shell Rock Area.  Click here for a list of items needed.


To get your company involved in a collection, contact Jill at [email protected] or visit our web-site.

Donations can also be accepted at the United Way office. 

 Welcome to our membership: Cedar Falls Visitors and Tourism Bureau

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)
  • 70 member organizations
  • 7 investors
  • 1 corporate sponsor
  • 450 program registrations
  • 43 hours of programming
  • 83 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 60 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 
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CVNA Meeting Dates
CVNA is pleased to announce the topics of our upcoming education events for the year ahead: 2014
  • 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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