Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 93
November 17, 2014
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Legislative Forum -- Register Today!!

 3rd Annual Legislative Forum

When:  Friday, December 5, 2014

Where: Philanthropy Center (425 Cedar Street, Waterloo 3rd floor)

Time:    8-9:30 a.m.

Cost:    Free to members, $25 for non-members  Click here to register.

Please join us on December 5th for our 3rd annual Legislative forum. Kaye Englin will be this years moderator.  If you have specific concerns or questions, please email Kaye prior to the event.  

This is a great avenue for you to have your voice heard. Sing Me To Heaven is a great example of having their voices heard. Last year they voiced their concern of having no state funding to cover the burial costs of young children.  Representative Bob Kressig listened to them and took this concern seriously. He is pushing for legislation that would help low-income families pay for child burials.  Please click here to read the article.

Grant Money Available -- Apply Today...


$10,000 available to community nonprofits through Teen Trust program

The Teen Trust grant application for 2014-2015 will be available November 5, 2014. Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations located in Black Hawk County may apply for funding. The Teen Trust Board of Directors is a group of 25 area high school students responsible for the allocation of $10,000 in grant funds to support projects that address community needs. The online application deadline is midnight (CST) December 15, 2014.


Teen Trust, a program of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, empowers and challenges young people to run their own youth foundation. Trustees address and seek solutions to community needs, raise endowment funds, and make charitable grants. Teen Trust is a philanthropic training program, instilling high school students with the skills needed to be a leader in their community now and in the future. 

Grant applications, guidelines and more information about Teen Trust can be found on the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa's website. First time applicants should contact CFNEIA Program Director, Tom Wickersham, at 319.287.9106 for more information.  

Grant Training Opportunity....

Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and Iowa League of Cities and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop.


What:   Grants Training

When:  Two-Day Workshop December 8 - 9, 2014

Where: Des Moines

Cost:     $425 which includes class workbook and accompanying resource              CD that's packed full of tools and more than 200 sample grant                  proposals.  Use code "IANPO" to receive $30 discount off full                    price at registration.


This training is applicable to grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals. Click here for full event details. 


Beginning and experienced grant writers are encouraged to attend.  Seating is limited, online reservations are necessary. Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.  



The Client Services Team              Erin Mullenix
Grant Writing USA                       Iowa League of Cities
800.814.8191                            515-244-7282
[email protected]              [email protected]


More than 10,000 agencies across North America have turned to Grant Writing USA for grant writing and grant management training.

For The Kids Sake...


Two Great benefits to raise monies for Grin and Grow Child Care and The Job Foundation


What:  Family Fun Fest


When:  November 22, 2014


Where: National Cattle Congress Pavilion, Waterloo

Time:    1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Cost:    2 to 6 year old, $4 in advance or $5 at the door

           7+, $5 in advance or $7 at the door (adult family members free                with a paid child's admission)  


Please join us for a day of dazzling side shows, fun games and lots of prizes.  



What:  Blues Night out with Bob Dorr and the Blue Band


When:  November 22, 2014


Where:  Electric Park Ballroom


Time:    Doors open at 6:00 p.m.


Cost:    $12 in advance, $15 at the door


Come on out for a night of fun, music and raffle prizes


Please click here for more information of both events.  Advanced tickets can also be purchased on this web-site.

Welcome New CVNA Members ...

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

The Guernsey Charitable Foundation

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)
  • 68 member organizations
  • 8 investors
  • 1 corporate sponsor
  • 495 program registrations
  • 49.5 hours of programming
  • 93 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

If you have any questions, please email CVNA Coordinator at 
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CVNA Meeting Dates
CVNA is pleased to announce the topics of our upcoming education events for the year ahead: 2014
  • 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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