Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 108
JUNE 15, 2015
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

"It's All About Relationships..."

The CVNA presents a workshop on "It's All About Relationships - The Relationship Era, driven by technology and our need to 'belong.' This new era is one of rapid change and an intense scrutiny on stakeholder relations and customer service initiatives.  This program will be presented by Dr. Bill Withers 

When:  Thursday, June 18, 2015

 Time:   8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

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

 Cost:    Free to CVNA members; $25 non-members


Bill is a leadership fellow and full professor at Wartburg College where 

he also serves as the assistant director of The Institute for Leadership
Education.  He has served many governing boards over the years and currently sits on the board of directors for Iowa Public Television (IPTV).

With over two decades of management and leadership experience in both
business and education, his research has been presented multiple times at the International Conference on Business in Honolulu.

He has both studied and served organizations such as Proctor & Gamble, Ritz-Carlton, Disney, Four Seasons, and Starbucks.

Closer to home, Dr. Withers has won both teacher and advisor of
the year awards, and he continues to specialize in the areas of public relations, quality customer service, organizational change, and leadership.


Please click here to RSVP for this great workshop.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, June 17, 2015.

Live the Valley: Summer Social...



"With summer quickly approaching, the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber will be hosting this year's Live the Valley: Summer Social.


When:  Wednesday, June 17th 

Time:   5:00-8:00 p.m. 

Where: Lost Island Waterpark in Waterloo

Cost:    Free to all Alliance and Chamber investor, interns & part-time                    students; $20 for non-investors


This event is open to all student professionals and interns working in the Cedar Valley over the summer.  These students are the future of our workforce and of our communities, so this is an opportunity to introduce them to the quality of life and opportunities that our region has to offer.  We had over 150 area students and interns attend last year, many of whom kept in touch and continued to keep involved in the region throughout the summer, so it's a great opportunity to network and meet a few new friends.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact David Laudick.

Grant Gurus...


"Lets share some ideas!"


When:  Thursday, June 25, 2015

Time:   11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Philanthropy Center (3rd floor US Bank Building, Waterloo)


No need to RSVP, just show up and enjoy some great networking.

Workshop Opportunity...


Northeast Iowa Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals presents "Getting your board involved in fundraising!"

When:  Monday, June 29, 2015

Where: Hawkeye Community College, Tama Hall Room 116 

Time:    Noon- 1:15 p.m.
Cost:    $10 for AFP members, $20 for nonmembers - feel free to bring                 your own brown bag lunch.

This is a pre-recorded webinar.  In the small shop, fundraising can be a big job. Having a board that is involved in raising money can make a huge impact and help you raise hundreds of thousands more than you can alone.

Unfortunately, many nonprofit organizations struggle with boards that are well-meaning but reluctant and inexperienced in fundraising. In this training, we'll uncover the reasons why board members won't help with fundraising and how to overcome them. You'll learn how to match up
the right fundraising activities with the right board members, and how to give them the tools, skills, and knowledge they need to succeed. You'll get tips for holding them accountable and for providing them the support they need so they can help you raise big money.

Presenter Sandy Rees, founder of GetFullyFunded, helps nonprofit leaders raise the money of their dreams. She's shown dozens of founders and executive directors how to add six and seven figures to their bottom line and how to turn their board into a fundraising machine. Sandy is an
accomplished author and has written several books, including "Get Fully Funded: How to Raise the Money of Your Dreams," "6 Figure Fundraising" and "Simple Success Fundraising Plan."

She writes the blog "Get Fully Funded" and her articles appear in a variety of magazines, ezines and blog sites. Sandy is an accomplished presenter and an AFP master trainer. She has led hundreds of fundraising seminars for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and many local, regional, national and international conferences.

Please register at 

Current Job Opportunities ...



Job Title:  Controller


A Bachelor's degree in accounting, with a CPA or CMA designation preferred. At least 5 years of experience in a Controller or supervisory accounting role. Competitive salary and benefit package included. 


Resumes with references can be sent to Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber 10 West Fourth Street, Suite 310 Waterloo, IA 50701.  Or you can apply online at www.cedarvalleyalliance.com





Job Title:   Director of Philanthropy


Are you looking to make a meaningful and important impact through your professional work? Would you enjoy securing philanthropic support to bring hope, healing and wholeness to thousands of children, families and individuals? 


For over 150 years, Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) has a legacy of compassionate service to vulnerable people whose lives have been changed in countless ways. This impact and legacy is made possible by the commitment of dedicated and competent staff who partner with individuals, churches, and other funders and ministry partners who have mutual respect and purpose.


LSI seeks a competent and mission-focused fundraising professional to serve as a full-time Director of Philanthropy based in its Waverly office.


If this sounds like a great position for you, apply at  www.lsiowa.org 

by July 10, 2015




Job Title:
  Director of Marketing & Fund Development

NewAldaya Lifescapes, a progressive not-for-profit, premier retirement destination is seeking a full time Director of Marketing & Fund Development to plan and coordinate all marketing communications, fundraising, and development activities. 

For more detailed information on this great opportunity, qualified candidates should go to  www.newaldaya.org to apply.  




Job Title:  Administrative assistant


CVFF is looking for a full-time Administrative Assistant to work in our Waverly office. The position is responsible for answering phones, greeting donors and volunteers, assisting with payroll and accounting procedures, and tracking, sorting, and distributing incoming donations. This person will assist with a variety of administrative functions such as fundraising, newsletters and annual reports, agency staff meetings.


Job Title:  Volunteer Manager


The Volunteer Manager will report to the Grant/Development Director and will be based in the Waterloo office, but must be willing to travel across 14 counties of Northesast Iowa. A Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience is required


For more information on these great positions, please visit cvfriendsofthefamily.org or you can send your resumes to: Marcie Sharp PO Box 784 Waverly, IA 50677 



Job Title:  Marketing & Communication Manager

Full-time position with a growing nonprofit affiliated with the National Park Service.  Individual will plan, implement, and develop strategies for marketing, public relations, and visitor services for the Heritage Area. Proactively work with partners to increase the visibility of the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area.


Bachelor's degree with emphasis in emphasis in communications, marketing/public relations and four years of experience required. 


If you are an excellent communicator, self-motivated and want to be a part of a regional heritage development team to preserve and tell the story of American agriculture, submit your cover letter and resume online at http://www.silosandsmokestacks.  Application materials received by June 1 will be given first consideration. 



Job Title: Part Time Administrative Associate

This person will be responsible for the administration of internal office functions and operations.  Duties will include preparation and posting of donor data, input of accounting related data as needed.


This person will also assist with special events and internal reception as needed. This position will be 15 hours weekly


Please send your resume to Sheila Baird.  

The YMCA of Black Hawk Country have the following job openings.

Northeast Iowa YMCA Site/Center Director - Close date 6/8/15


Welcome Center Associate/Courtesy Counter - Close date 6/30/15


Childcare Administrative Assistant Close date 6/9/15


John Deere Wellness Site SupervisorPositions open on an ongoing basis


Childcare Attendant (Child Watch) -  Please submit by 6/30/15

Free Furniture...



ISU Extension & Outreach is in the middle of re-arranging offices, with hopes to be finished the end of this summer.   Already, we've identified filing cabinets, used chairs and a used desk that are no longer needed. Our Council has approved giving these away to other non-profit agencies.   

Currently we have:

  • (2) Steel Gray Two Drawer filing cabinets that don't have locks
  • one black two drawer filing cabinet meant to be installed under a desk/counter top that does lock
  • one narrow and long desk with a two drawer filing cabinet.  
  • 2 used office chairs with some wear and tear

Later in June we will most likely have 2-3 steel gray four drawer filing cabinets and a couple of more office chairs in better condition.

Please contact 
Shelly Smith 319-234-6811 if interested.

State Representatives News Updates...

 Please click here for the most updated information from Bob Kressig

Please click here for the most updated information from Sandy Salmon

 Please click here for the most updated information from Walt Rogers

 Please  click here for most updated information from Jeff Danielson

 Please click here for the most updated information from William Dotzler

 Please click here for the most updated information from Bill Dix


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
  • 7 investors
  • 2 corporate sponsor
  • 575 program registrations
  • 57 hours of programming
  • 108 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 91 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
  • June 18th - It's All About Relationships
  • June 25th - Grant Gurus
  • 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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