Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 89
September 8, 2014
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Grant Guru's ...

Grant Gurus

The next Grant Guru session is coming up and you won't want to miss out on this exciting training!


WHEN:   Thursday, September 25, 2014

TIME:     11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

WHERE: UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE) 800 Sycamore Street, Waterloo


The next Grant Guru will be a hands-on session exploring the Foundation Center's Foundation Directory Online - the most comprehensive database on U.S. grant makers and grants available. We will meet in the UNI-CUE computing lab where we will use the University of Northern Iowa's subscription to access the database. Staff from the UNI Library and UNI Foundation will introduce the key features of the database and share search strategies.  In addition to the searching functions, we will highlight the other online resources and tools available through the Foundation Center.  At least half of the session will be reserved for attendees to conduct your own searches with UNI staff on hand to answer questions. 


Attendees should bring ideas for funding searches. You will be able to  email any search results or to save them to thumb drives.


Please click here to RSVP.  

Innovation Workshop ...

Off the Back of the Napkin: A mini-workshop to get your innovation moving

What:   Innovation Workshop

When:  Thursday, October 2, 2014
Where: Philanthropy Center (425 Cedar Street, Waterloo - 3rd Floor)
Time:   8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Presenter:  Stacy Van Gorp @ McElroy Trust

Do you have an great idea scribbled on the back of a napkin, an awesome concept  stuck in your head, or an inspirational idea you know could change the world?


It's time to put your idea on a path towards reality.  During this mini-workshop you'll take the first steps to move from "just an idea" to a "product that gets results". Organizations that innovate effectively begin by clarifying, experimenting, testing, and learning. These activities are critical to innovation success, yet are often over-looked . Using a thoughtful, yet rapid, process to kickstart innovation, will help your organization innovate faster, while minimizing the risks of launching something new.


NOTE: Participants must bring an idea for innovative project, product or process and come ready to work!  Your concept need not be perfect or complete, but it should be a single concept that is easily understood, clear, and compelling. You will be sharing your idea.


Free to CVNA members; $25 non-members.  Please click here to register for this great workshop.

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.
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.
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.

A Fundraising Event You Won't Want to Miss...

What:   EPI's More than you can see Fundraising evet

When:  Thursday, November 13, 2014
Where: Sunnyside Country CLub, Waterloo 
Time:   6 9 p.m.
Cost:    $35 Individual seat; $60 VIP seats;$210 table of 6;$140 table of 4



More Than You See...

We envision a world where society regularly looks past the disability they see to the person within. More Than You See is an entertaining fundraising event which will showcase and celebrate the value persons with disabilities contribute.


Please click here for full details of this event and to register.

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 Day´┐Ż, 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.

Iowa Habitat for Humanity ...


Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity is now offering our home buyer education classes free to the public.  Become homebuyer ready regardless of where you are in the home buying process. Attend Iowa Heartland 

Habitat for Humanity's home buyer education classes free of charge.

Please click here for a full listing of the dates and times these classes are being offered.  If you have further questions, please call (319)235-9946.

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.
Save the Date and Program Changes ...

We have made some changes to our program planning;  Please mark your calendars to attend the following workshops:


Innovation - ThursdayOctober 2, 2014


Advocacy Workshop Thursday, November 6, 2014 (add on)


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)
  • 69 member organizations
  • 7 investors
  • 1 corporate sponsor
  • 465 program registrations
  • 45 hours of programming
  • 89 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 66 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
  • Ocotber 2nd - Innovation
  • November 6th - 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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