Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 92
November 3, 2014
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Advocacy Workshop:November 6th -- Don't Miss Out!!!



Please Join the CVNA and guest speakers Al Hayes and Steve Firman for this great workshop.  Sign-up today!


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)

Al Hayes:  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.


Steve Firman: In my part of the presentation, I will discuss the fundamentals of advocating for your issues and organization with governmental officials at both the state and federal levels, the differences in lobbying techniques between these two levels and the importance of developing relationships with newly elected legislators.


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.

Habitat For Humanity Needs Your Help ...
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 Day´┐Ż (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.

Welcome New CVNA Members ...

Please join the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association in welcoming our newest members:

Cedar Bend Humane Society
A Friendly Reminder To Get Out & Vote...
Please remember that tomorrow is voting day.  In order to make a difference, we need to cast a vote.


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)
  • 67 member organizations
  • 7 investors
  • 1 corporate sponsor
  • 478 program registrations
  • 48 hours of programming
  • 92 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
  • January 22nd -    Grant Guru's

More information about times and location will follow.  Please check our web-site for additional information.

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