Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 97
January 12, 2015
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Human Resources Bootcamp...


Please join The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, in conjunction with the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association, as they host a Human Resources Bootcamp...

n:  Wednesday, January 21, 2015

 Where: Elk's Club, 407 E Park Ave, Waterloo, IA 

 Time:    9:30 am - 1:30 pm (lunch provided)

 Cost:    $25 for CVNA members, $50 non-members  

The Human Resources Boot Camp will ensure that key employees remain current about company exposure in legal matters surrounding hiring, employee relations, performance management and employee engagement/retention best practices.  Please click here to read more information about this great workshop.


Reservations can be emailed to [email protected]

Proposals Needed...


Cedar Valley United Way is accepting proposals to develop and implement an expanded major and planned giving donor program. 

This expansion will support the strategic plan directives including:

  • Growing resources to meet the needs of the community.
  • Targeting resources toward programs and initiatives that have the highest sustainable positive impact in the Cedar Valley.
This contract will:
  • Include developing a plan for expanded major and planned giving program
  • Include identifying prospects through market research
  • Have expectations of donor solicitations
  • Have expectations of achieving increased funds to annual fund
  • Have expectations of achieving an increase in closed planned gifts
All research will be property of Cedar Valley United Way.  The vendor chosen will have technical expertise in tax and legal aspects of 
charitable giving.  The contract term will be one year with the option to renew or terminate as needed.

Proposals including cost will be accepted through January 20, 2015. Submit via email to [email protected]
Current Job Opportunities ...



Job Title:  Marketing Associate

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa is seeking a highly motivated individual for a new Marketing Associate position.   The Marketing Associate reports to and works closely with the Director of Marketing and Communication to strengthen and improve the quality of life in northeast Iowa through the effective implementation of marketing and communication plans and initiatives of the Community Foundation. The individual in this position is responsible for assisting with the development, scheduling and production of marketing and communication projects and materials, and helps ensure that messages are supportive of and consistent with the brand and overall Community Foundation strategies.  


For more information about this position and how to apply please go to www.cfneia.org/AboutUs/CareerOpportunities.



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Job Title: AmeriCorps Vista Food Bank Volunteer Recruitment and                            Fundraising Coordinator


As a Vista member for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank you will be responsible for increasing community outreach to acquire new volunteers for the Food Bank programs. You will have the opportunity to give Food Bank tours, perform volunteer orientations, schedule volunteer hours, attend volunteer fairs and help secure sponsorships and volunteers for annual Food Bank events. You will play a major role as a Food Bank advocate to increase public awareness of food insecurity and ultimately increase volunteerism and financial donors. You will create volunteer newsletters and perform regular maintenance on the Food Bank website pertaining to volunteer opportunities. Additionally, you will maintain a solid online presence through social media sites and other social platforms to create interest in the Northeast Iowa Food Bank programs and events.


Please click here for full details and qualifications needed for this position. 

Take Part In Changing Kids Lives....


For over 50 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa has changed the way children in our community grow. Join us on February 27 to celebrate! 


Big Casino Night combines a delicious dinner, exciting silent auction, and fun casino gaming - all for a great cause!


All proceeds of Big Casino Night will support one-to-one mentoring of youth facing adversity in our community. Be our guest and make a difference, one child at a time. 


Register as a group or as an individual by going to our web-site.  


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
  • 545 program registrations
  • 53 hours of programming
  • 97 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 71 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: 2015
  • January 21st - HR Bootcamp
  • January 22nd -   Grant Gurus
  • February 5th - Attracting Millennials
  • March 2nd - Explor-A-Ganza
  • April 3rd - Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon
  • April 23rd - Grant Gurus
  • June 4th - Motivational Workshop
  • August 6th - Data Base Management
  • September 24th - Grant Gurus
  • October 1st - A Changing Cedar Valley
  • December 4th - Legislative Forum

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

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