Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 100
February 23, 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:     free 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.

Save The Dates  - You Won't To Miss These Great Lectures...


2015 R.J. McElroy Scholar Lecture  
Dr. Caldwell's presentation "Youth Development and Healthy Leisure"

When:  Thursday, April 2, 2015

Where: UNI, WRC 252

Time:    6:30 p.m.

Cost:     free to attend  


Dr. Linda Caldwell's 2015 R.J McElroy Scholar Lecture on the topic of "Youth Development and Healthy Leisure."

Dr. Caldwell is a Distinguished Professor of Recreation, Park, and Tourism
Management and Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on interventions to promote healthy lifestyles and reduce risky behaviors. 


For more information, Chris Edington is available to answer your questions at (319)273-2840 or [email protected]





The Master of Social Work Student Association and other departments at the University of Northern Iowa will be hosting a training on

 "Advice from Child Molesters" 


When:  Apri13, 2015

Where: Sabin Hall 

Time:   3:15 to 5:15 p.m. 

Cost:    Free


A woman who runs a child molesters treatment group was told by her child-molesting clients that what we teach kids doesn't really work (the no-go tell policy, good touch/bad touch, stranger danger, etc) because child molesters know how to get kids in different ways. This training shows videos of actual cases and stories and is a great resource for anyone who works with kids or is in law enforcement.  


For more information, please email Megan Vogt at [email protected]

Your Nominations Please ...


Do you know an extraordinary Cedar Valley woman who gives her time, talents and treasure to make a difference in her community? If so, nominate her for a YWCA Women of Persimmon award!


The ninth-annual Cedar Valley Women of Persimmon luncheon recognizes women, businesses and organizations who exemplify the mission of the YWCA - to eliminate racism and empower women. The YWCA is seeking nominations for the following categories: Professional/Business Woman; Volunteer; Young Woman of Tomorrow (for ages 15 - 25); Youth Advocate; and Business/Organization that Empowers Women. 


Please click here for a descriptions of each category and the nomination form.  


Also, the public is invited to attend the ninth-annual Cedar Valley Women of Persimmon luncheon.


When:Thursday, April 16 at 11:30 am

Where: Hilton Garden Inn in the Cedar Falls Industrial Park. 

Cost:    Tickets are $35 per person or you can purchase a table of eight                 for only $250; business sponsorships are still available.


For more information on registration, please call Kelly at 319-234-7589 and join us as we honor and recognize extraordinary women, businesses and organizations in the Cedar Valley! Deadline to nominate is Wednesday, March 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.

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 



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
  • 100 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

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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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