Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 84
July 14, 2014
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Volunteers Needed...


Waverly RAGBRAI Needs YOU! 

Waverly's RAGBRAI planning team is gearing up to showcase Waverly to this year's RAGBRAI riders and their support teams.


Many have already signed up to give their time, but we are still in need of HUNDREDS of volunteers! 


There are many opportunities for all. Please consider giving your time as an individual or gather a  group (co-workers, friends, neighbors, clubs, etc) for some fun.


RAGBRAI will be here on Thursday, July 24. Daytime and evening time slots are available as well as opportunities before and after the 24th! We have something for everyone! 


DON'T WAIT... click here to see a list of volunteer need and to sign up to volunteer. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt to wear when volunteering.  

Come Support Our Local Food Bank...



What:   10th Annual Hearth Fest
When:  Sunday, August 17, 2014
Where: Gateway Park - Cedar Falls, Iowa  
Time:   2:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Cost:    Monetary and non-perishable food donations

Please join the Northeast Iowa Food Bank for their 10th Annual Hearth Fest.  This is a fun music and arts festival that benefits the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.   

There will be a silent auction, craft sale, acoustic music, poetry contests and kids activities, including a kid's poster art contests for prizes, "Karma Cafe", homemade pies and coffee and the Dean of Juggling will be making an appearance.

Please bring the entire family to enjoy and support the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. 

Did you know for every dollar donated, you could help provide 4 meals to those in need?
Nominate Your Favorite 20 Under 40...



* Dedication and success in their vocation
* A role model in their career
* Demonstrates leadership in their business/community
* Active community and volunteer participation

MAIL: 20 Under 40, P.O. Box 540, Waterloo, IA 50704
FAX: Attn: 20 Under 40 Nomination, (319) 234-3297

Help us select 20 Cedar Valley Business Leaders who are under 40 years old!
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:  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.
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 . 

CVNA Save the Dates...


Please mark your calendars for the following upcoming CVNA programs:

  • Succession Planning Workshop, August 7, 2014
  • Grant Guru's, September 25, 2014
More information and registration to follow!

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
  • 84 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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