Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 86
August 11, 2014
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Succession Planning Workshop .... Please Note Date Change Below!! 


Please join us for or next Workshop: (Please note date change from August 7th to August 15th)


Topic:   Succession Planning

When:   Friday, August 15, 2014

Where:  Philanthropy Center (US Bank Bldg. 425 Cedar Street,                     Waterloo - 3rd floor)

Time:     8:00 - 9:00 a.m.


Steve Sesterhenn, V.P. of Human Resources at Allen Hospital, will provide participants with a process for identifying and developing internal people with the potential to fill key leadership positions within your organization. Succession planning increases the availability of experienced and capable employees that are prepared to assume important roles as they become available. Join us to see how an organized process can help you in this effort.  


Hope to see all of you there. Please click here  to register.  Free to CVNA members, $25 for non-members.  Deadline for registration is Wednesday, August 13th. 

Need Public Relations Help?



A student-run public relations firm at the University of Northern Iowa, Legacy PR, is looking for clients in need of a variety of public relations activities in exchange for professional experiences. 


Services include survey research and focus groups, the creation of publicity materials, radio and television advertising, collateral pieces, special events planning and implementation, fundraising activities, campaign development and execution. 


Legacy PR is staffed by public relations majors in the Communication Studies Department. If interested please contact Patricia Zubrod at [email protected]319-529-0283; or Dr. Jeff Brand at [email protected]319-273-7200. 

United Way's Campaign Kick-Off ....



What:   Rally in the Valley - Campaign Kick-off
When:  Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Where: 5 Sullivan's Convention Center 
Time:   11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cost:    $20 per person or $150 for a table of 8

Join campaign chairs Bob Justis and Nancy Newhoff as Cedar Valley United Way kicks off its 2014 campaign.  Superhero attire is optional. 

Balloons will be available for $10 in the balloon pop. You could win one of the many great prizes including a diamond heart necklace from Riddle's Jewelry, gift cards to area restaurants and stores, tickets to area sporting and theatre events, a 13-week subscription to the Courier and much more! Watch www.cedarvalleyunitedway.org for a complete list of sponsors and prizes.

Register online at www.cedarvalleyunitedway.org or by calling 319-235-6211.
It's Volunteer Fair time!



It's Volunteer Fair time! The VCCV is busy preparing details for the annual Volunteer Fairs at the University of Northern Iowa and Hawkeye Community College. 


This year UNI's event will be held on Wednesday, September 10 from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the outdoor courtyard space of Maucker Union.


This year Hawkeye Community College's event will be held on Wednesday, October 1 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Brock Student Center.  


The Volunteer Fair is a wonderful opportunity for your organization to connect with students, matching your specific volunteer needs to students' skills and personal interests. Agencies may recruit students for one-time or semester-long volunteer opportunities, internships or employment. This is a great chance for you to take advantage of valuable one-on-one contact with students, faculty and staff.


Please call (319)272-2087 or email an[email protected] for information on how to register.  The deadline is August 27, 2014.
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?
4th Annual Spooks, Spokes & Sneakers...


What:   Spooks, Spokes & Sneakers Halloween Bike Ride and Run
When:  Saturday, October 11, 2014
Where: Gateway Park - Cedar Falls, Iowa  
Time:   10:00 a.m.
Cost:    Pre-Registration through October 3: $20 for ages 13 and older; $15 for ages 12 and under. Registration fee October 4-11: $25 for ages 13 and older; $20 for ages 12 and under;  Ages 2 and under free

Spooks, Spokes & Sneakers is for runners, walkers, and riders of all levels. Riders choose between the 17 mile Halloween Ride, or the 9 mile Halloweenie Ride. Bike riders will trick-or-treat while runners/walkers get powdered along the Cedar Valley trail system, then join fellow participants for food, fun, and music at Gateway Park in Cedar Falls.

For more information on this fun event and on how to register, please click here.
Nominations Please ...



Nominations are OPEN!!

Join us and celebrate someone (individual or group) who has given so much of their time, talents, and treasures to make our communities such great places to live!  Who would you like to recognize for their Gift of the Heart in these categories:  Philanthropy, Legacy, Governance, Innovation, or Youth?  

CLICK HERE for complete descriptions. CLICK HERE to nominate someone online.  Nominations are being accepted through September 8th!

Also, mark your calendars for the awards luncheon to be held November 13th, 2014. Details to follow.
Job Opportunities

The WCF Symphony has two positions available - please see below:

Job Title:   Marketing & Development Associate
Job Description:  Applicants must possess strong organization and time management skills; Excellent oral and written communication; Ability to work on a team; Interest in non-profit development and
arts management; Experience in and passion for the arts and/or music.


Please click here for further job description and application process and deadline.


Job Title:    Office & Patron Services Associate

Job Description:  Applicants must possess strong organization and time management skills; Excellent oral communication; Ability to work on a team; Experience in and passion for the arts and/or music.


Please click here for further job description and application process and deadline.


- AND - 

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.

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
  • 86 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 64 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
  • August 15th - 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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