Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 91
October 20, 2014
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

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 ...




The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Northeast Iowa Chapter is proud to celebrate National Philanthropy DayŽ (NPD) by honoring Northeast Iowa's philanthropic leaders who have done so much to enrich our communities.  Join in the celebration and recognition of nominees and award recipients by attending the Awards Luncheon

What:  Awards Luncheon

When:  November 13, 2014 

Time:   11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Location:  Hilton Garden Inn, Cedar Falls, IA (7213 Nordic Drive, Cedar Falls, Iowa)

Cost:  Reservations are $40 per person or $300 per table of eight

This year's keynote speaker is Jim Coloff and the guest emcee will be Dee Vandeventer, winner of last year's Philanthropy award.

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.

Who Doesn't Like A Fashion Show? 


What:   Fashion Show

When:  Thursday,October 23, 2014
Where: Trinkets and Togs Thrift Store
Time:   6:30 p.m.
Cost:    Free 

This a free community event where our clients model outfits they've found in our store, Trinkets and Togs.

Also, The Larrabee Center will be running a silent auction fundraiser to benefit our agency from October 13-23.

For more information on this event, please click here.
Advocacy Workshop --Sign Up Today ...


The next CVNA workshop is fast approaching and you won't want to miss out!

When:  Thursday, November 6, 2015

Time:    8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

What:   Advocacy Workshop (Al Hayes w/ UNI & Steve Firman (Unitypoint)

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

The session will examine the role of nonprofits in advocating for social change.  There is often confusion about what nonprofits can and cannot do in terms of influencing public policy decisions.  I will try to clarify the important role that they can play in bringing issues to the attention of decision-makers.


There will also be discussions on the PR side of advocacy.  There will be time allowed for questions.


Please click here to register for this great workshop opportunity.  Free to members, $25 for non-members.  Please RSVP by November 4, 2014.


Also, please feel free to pass this along to others within your organization that you think could also benefit from this workshop.

Students Looking For Intern Opportunity ...


Do you know any students who are looking for an internship possibility? Please pass this along to anyone you know might be interested.


This is a paid position for students to get experience with event planning...Lunch with Santa, Heroes and possibly Festival of Trees (depending on when we find someone) and a variety of other activities at the Foundation.


Title:  Foundation Intern


Requirements:  Graduate or current enrollment as a senior in a Bachelor/Master's Degree Program. Ability to convey a positive image and build positive relationships with others. Ability to effectively communicate with people of diverse backgrounds through highly developed oral and written communication skills. Energetic, multi-task oriented and enthusiastic. Strong interpersonal and social skills.

Description:  Assists with work activities for the benefit of the Covenant Foundation including but not limited to event planning, fundraising efforts, and assisting with other duties as needed. Adheres to Covenant Health System's performance expectations and performs all defined services and other related duties in accordance with the mission, vision and values of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.


Please click here for more information on this intern opportunity.

Help Fight Childhood Hunger ...


Tyson Fresh Meats is again launching "Powering the Spirit," a campaign to raise money to end childhood hunger in the Cedar Valley.  One of the ways Tyson is able to raise money for the campaign is to hold "Sack Lunch Day" with area businesses.

  • The lunches will be delivered to your office on Thursday, October 30 and/or Friday, October 31.
  • The lunches are great for a special end of the week treat, lunch meetings or as a donation to an area organization. 
  • 100% of the funds raised with this campaign go to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.
  • Orders need to be placed by Friday, October 24th.

To create a more powerful network to help fight childhood hunger in the Cedar Valley - please forward this e-mail to anyone you know who would be interested in joining the quest to fight childhood hunger.


For ordering information, details and questions, please email gwen.timmerman@tyson.com.


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)
  • 66 member organizations
  • 7 investors
  • 1 corporate sponsor
  • 478 program registrations
  • 46.5 hours of programming
  • 91 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 68 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
  • 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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