Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 88
September 8, 2014
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Celebrating 60 Years ...



What:   Celebrating 60 Years
When:   Saturday, September 13th, 2014
Where: River Hills School - 2700 Grand Blvd., Cedar Falls
Time:    1:00  p.m.

We would like to personally invite everyone to come and hear about how the The Arc of Cedar Valley has impacted the community and how the world of Disability has changed. Since its founding in March 1954, The Arc of Cedar Valley has advocated for people with intellectual and related developmental disabilities and their families. Walk down memory lane with us and meet some of the people that make a difference then and now. 

Join us for dessert and beverages and: Relive the past with Memories of the Agencies programs, staff, and longtime members, Tour the newly renovated facility funded by generous donations through the River Hills Foundation, Watch ongoing DVD of "Love of Mike", Visit the local agency displays and learn how they can be of service to you Celebrating 60 years!

Please click here for more information.
Job Openings ...


Job Title:  AmeriCorps Vista Position in the Marketing Resource Department

Job Description:  Working with food bank staff, the Iowa Food Bank Association VISTA project at Northeast Food Bank will assist with communications and development activities to increase awareness of local hunger in the community and the work we do at the food bank.  The VISTA project will help us build our social media program and create materials such as flyers, power point presentations, newsletters, press releases and website content to build awareness of hunger, food bank programs and special events.  The VISTA project will create a new pool of donors and increase our presence in the community to address the issue of hunger now and in the future.

Please click here for more information on this position.
Keeping Our Members Informed...


I am pleased to announce that BoardSource has partnered with SmartBrief to launch BoardSource SmartBrief, a daily e-mail news brief specifically designed for nonprofit decision-makers like you. The launch issue is below.

This complimentary brief is a quick, two-minute read that will help keep you up-to-date with the latest news and trends affecting nonprofit board leaders. News stories from a broad cross-section of sources are reviewed and curated, so the most relevant stories can be delivered straight to your inbox.  Because of your past engagement with BoardSource, we are pleased to offer you a special preview of theBoardSource SmartBrief. Over the next few weeks, we will send you five introductory issues of BoardSource SmartBrief with the hope that you will choose to continue receiving it by officially subscribing to it. If, however, you decide that you would prefer not to receive this free brief, it will automatically end after this brief introductory period or may be discontinued earlier than that by selecting the unsubscribe link within any individual issue.

We believe that it will be a helpful resource to you as a nonprofit decision-maker, helping to identify critical issues and resources that will help you lead your organization. If you agree, I encourage you to sign up today, for free, to ensure you don't miss a single issue.

Diversity and Inclusion Summit ...



What:  Cedar Valley Executive Diversity and Inclusion Summit
When:  Friday, September 26th, 2014
Where: Allen College, Waterloo, Iowa
Time:  Breakfast and registration starts at 7:30 a.m.

This initiative is designed to strengthen the Cedar Valley economic region by promoting diversity, full inclusion, and cultural competencies in business. The long-term impact of this summit will help make embracing diversity a hallmark of the Cedar Valley.

Armers Moncure- Unconscious Bias (read more)

Featured Speaker: Deanna Kosaraju- How to Create and Sustain a High Performing Team Through Diversification

Click Here to learn more and to register for this event.

**4.50 (HR (General)) re certification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.
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 [email protected] for information on how to register.  The deadline is August 27, 2014.
Celebration of Community...


What:   CFNEIA'S Celebration of Community Event

When:  November 7, 2014

Where: Hilton Garden Inn, Cedar Falls

Time:   5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


Join us in thanking those who are creating vibrant communities where all people can thrive.


CFNEIA'S Celebration of Communties event is exactly what the name implies.  It is a public celebration of the communities in northeast Iowa and a way to thank all of those who are involved in the errorts to make them better; nonprofits, fund holders, donors, businesses, volunteers and many more.


Come join us in celebrating the incredible things happening today and the amazing future potenetila creating even more vibrant communities - together! 


RSVP TODAY - Formal Invitation to follow.

Awards Luncheon - Sign Up Today ...



What:  Awards Luncheon

When:  NOVEMBER 13, 2014 

Time:   11:30 a.m.

Location:  Hilton Garden Inn, Cedar Falls, IA

ANNOUNCING:  This year's emcee is Dee Vandeventer, winner of last year's Philanthropy Award, and our speaker will be Mr. Tim Doyle, winner of last year's Legacy Award.                                                          

National Philanthropy DayŽ, nationally recognized on November 15, acknowledges the entire spectrum of services provided by the nonprofit community and recognizes the profound impact that philanthropy has on the fabric of society. And, each year AFP honors individuals and groups who, through their hard work and dedication, have enhanced philanthropy, their communities and the world.

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.
Save the Date ...


Please mark your calendars to attend to following events:


Grant Guru's Thursday, September 25th 


Advocacy Workshop Thursday, October 2nd


There will be more information posted on these events in the very near future.  Hope you plan on attending.


As always, you can stay up-to-date by visiting our website.


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)
  • 690 member organizations
  • 7 investors
  • 1 corporate sponsor
  • 450 program registrations
  • 43 hours of programming
  • 88 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 65 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 
Share your good news with the CVNA and be featured in future e-newsletters.   Have you implemented an innovative idea?  Are you hiring?  Have you created or updated your website?  Are you hosting an event?   Let the CVNA spread the word. 

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CVNA Meeting Dates
CVNA is pleased to announce the topics of our upcoming education events for the year ahead: 2014
  • 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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