Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 99
February 9, 2015
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 


When:  Monday, March 2, 2015

 Where:  GBPAC Lobby

 Time:    3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

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


Explore-A-Ganza is an excellent opportunity for you to meet UNI students to discuss internships, jobs, career & volunteer opportunities with your organization.    


Organization profiles will be shared with students before the event.  The format of the event will consist of "speed interviewing" with 5-6 rounds/rotations. Each organization representative will meet with approximately 20 students.  We hope you will join us!

If your organization is interested in participating in this great event, please click here.

Gold Star Nominations Are Now Available...

 We are celebrating 50 years of Gold Star Awards

It's time to nominate your favorite teacher for the Gold Star Award.  Ten teachers will receive $1,000 as an award AND a $500 classroom grant to spice up their work space, so tell everyone to nominate!! 

Good news, it's really easy! There are some rules that apply.

2. Click on the Online Nomination Form 
3. Fill out the information and hit send! 

Nomination brochures can also be found at all Black Hawk County schools!
Don't Miss Out -- 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: 166 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 




Webinar Helps Cultural Sites Understand Iowa Core Educational Standards 


Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) will be hosting the 

webinar "Selling Your Site Using Iowa Core" on Thursday, February 12 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. CST, as part of a series of Winter Webinars. 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.

Grab some hot cocoa, pull up a seat in front of your computer and avoid the cold during this webinar or any of the others in this series.


Please visit our web-site for more information on how to participate in this free webinar.

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.

Current Job Opportunities ...

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







Job Title:  Executive Director

Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach seeks an Executive Director responsible for educational program planning & delivery, budget & 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 University Extension and Outreach. 


For more information about this potion and how to apply, please go to 


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

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)
  • 70 member organizations
  • 7 investors
  • 1 corporate sponsor
  • 575 program registrations
  • 55 hours of programming
  • 99 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
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 
Share your good news with the CVNA and be featured in future e-newsletters.   Have you implemented an innovative idea?  Are you hiring?  Have you created or updated your website?  Are you hosting an event?   Let the CVNA spread the word. 

To submit an item for the next newsletter, click on the
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CVNA Meeting Dates
CVNA is pleased to announce the topics of our upcoming education events for the year ahead: 2015
  • 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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