Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 98 Addendum
January 26, 2015
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Attracting Millennials: How To Recruit Interns, Volunteers & Employees 


When:  Thursday, February 5, 2015

Where: Philanthropy Center (3rd Floor US Bank Building - Waterloo)

Time:    8-9:15 a.m.

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

Come and hear directly from your future volunteer, intern or employee!  Learn what they want from YOU.  Learn where you need to go at UNI to find the future of your organization. Laura Wilson from UNI's Career Services will address what an agency needs to do to prepare for a new, recent graduate for volunteering, an internship or employment. In addition a panel of students including recent graduates, current students seeking employment and graduate students will give insight into attracting millennial's.

Please click here to register for this awesome workshop.  Deadline for registration is February 4, 2015.

Grant Information and Application...


Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa Grant Applications Due April 1 


Grant applications can now be submitted to the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa for its 2015 spring grant cycle. The deadline to submit applications is midnight (CST) April 1, 2015. 

Grants are awarded to projects in the following areas: art and culture, community betterment, education, environment, health, historic preservation and human service.


The online grant application may be found on the Community Foundation's website at www.cfneia.org. Grants recipients will be announced June 2015.


First-time grant applicants should contact Tom Wickersham, Program Director, at (319) 287-9106 ext. 20 prior to submitting an application.


Grant applicants must be a 501(c)(3) designated organization (or government entity) serving Black Hawk County in order to be considered for funding.


For more information, please contact the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa at (319) 287-9106.

Hack-A-Thon For Nonprofits...

What:   A statewide "hack-a-thon" event known as dsmHack 

Where: Gravitate, 206 Sixth Avenue, Des Moines 

When:  February 26-28, 2015

Cost:     Early bird registration $20 until February 16th, $35 after 2/16

            Registration includes meals, drinks, snacks and a t-shirt.


Last year, dsmHack brought together over 80 developers, designers and innovators from around Iowa to build software and websites for nonprofit organizations. Charities interested in having their problems turned into technology-related solutions can submit a proposal at dsmhack.org


Participating nonprofits will be selected by the hack-a-thon review committee and announced to the public at the dsmHack kick-off event on Feb. 26. The selected charities will then be asked to pitch their need to attendees. Participants will self-select and divide into groups for a 48-hour coding rush to work on the charity project of their choice. 


For more information or to register for this event, please click here.

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: Executive Director

The Waterloo Schools Foundation Board is seeking a leader with a passion for fundraising, education, and impacting youth in the community to serve as Executive Director. This individual is responsible for achieving greater visibility, recognition, and impact for the Foundation.  


The Executive Director role requires a talent for fundraising, strategic planning, leading volunteers, and developing relationships within the School District and community. The ideal candidate will thrive in a fundraising environment with a demonstrated ability to be a self-starter, work independently with limited supervision, and effectively prioritize and complete tasks. 


For more information about this position and how to apply please go to bit.ly/wsfcareers.


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Job Title:  Executive Director

Responsible for educational program planning & delivery,budget and facilities management, day-to-day supervision of staff.  Coordinates programming in agriculture & natural resources, community & economic development, human sciences, 4-H youth development in cooperation with Iowa State Extension and Outreach.  Responsible for marketing/public relations and networking with community organizations/agencies.

For information and on how to apply for this position, please go to
Great Reading Material...
Please click here for a great read on Big Ideas in Social Change, 2014

Please click on the following links for news from a couple of our State Represntatives:
Community News...


What:   Cedar Bend Humane Society's Valentine's Day celebration 

When:  Saturday, February 14th

Time:   10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Where: 1166 West Airline Highway, Waterloo. 


There will be reduced price adoptions, and sweet treats for everyone. Register to win a gift basket or purchase a $25 candy bouquet or $30 super snack attack box for your Valentine. Donate $1.00 and smooch with a pooch at the kissing booth from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) awarded the CBHS a grant to ready 50 dogs and cats for this Valentine's Day event. The grant monies will be used to vaccinate, neuter, spay, heartworm test and flea treat 25 dogs and 25 cats in preparation for the CBHS's "Adopt the Love of Your Life" Valentine's Day event.

Adoption applications, photos, and information about pets ready for adoption are available on-line at www.CedarBendHumane.org.



Silos & Smokestacks Hosts Free Winter Webinars


Tweeting Your Story

Wednesday, January 28, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. CST
Julie McPike, Managing Director at Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, will discuss how the collaboration among several Kansas institutions resulted in a Twitter-based, real-time "reenactment" of Quantrill's Raid - one of the worst Civil War-era raids on civilians - on its sesquicentennial. This event trended worldwide, received national press, and won multiple 
awards. Julie will also discuss coordinating and executing this multiple-participant online event. 

Selling Your Site Using Iowa Core
Thursday, February 12, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. CST
Don't have time to translate the Iowa Core and use it to your advantage convincing teachers they will receive a great field trip and meet essential concepts and skills? Laura Elfers, Education & Interpretation Manager at SSNHA has broken down the Social Studies and Science guides into a manageable tool for you. Together, we will discover what concepts and 
skills you are already meeting with your programs.

Best Practices in Telling the Modern Ag Story
Wednesday, February 25, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. CST
Lanny Haldy, Amana Heritage Society; Megan Kregel, Iowa's Dairy Center, and Linda Perrenoud, Jasper County Historical Society Museum will demonstrate how three very different Heritage Area Partner Sites are connecting with current day agricultural practices in their community. What visitors want to know about just might surprise you - wind energy, 
robotic dairying and methane gas (aka cow poo).

Silos & Smokestacks General Grant Application
Wednesday, March 4, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. CST
Thinking about submitting a Silos & Smokestacks General Grant application this year? Join us to determine if your project is a good fit for the General Grant. Candy Streed, Program & Partnership Director at SSNHA will lead this webinar, and cover how to setup your online application (so you can save and return to it later), review the grant criteria and funding 
priorities, and how to upload attachments to your application.

There is no cost for these webinars, but registration is required. For more information or to register, visit www.silosandsmokestacks.org/partner
CVNA News...


Did you know, as part of your membership with CVNA, you can submit news and advertise job openings in our newsletter?  Our newsletter goes out every other Monday.  You can do this by simply 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
  • 98 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 75 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
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CVNA Meeting Dates
CVNA is pleased to announce the topics of our upcoming education events for the year ahead: 2015
  • 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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