Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 110
July 13, 2015
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Getting the Most Out Of Your Data...
What:  Getting the Most out of Your Data
When:  August 6, 2015
Where: Philanthropy Center (3rd florr US Bank Building)
Time:   8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

It all starts with data.  When properly managed, data can improve donor relations, program services, operational efficiency and assist in informed decision making within an organization.

Presenter Ron Giddings will give you an overview of how to best manage your data: What are best practices in using data, how to look for - and fix! - "data potholes,"  advice on gift processing, volunteer and prospect management and measuring organizational performance. 

Ron Giddings has been the Research Analyst at the University of Northern Iowa Foundation since 1997.  In addition to research, he developed and maintains their prospect management system and provides data analysis for the Advancement Division.  He also serves as chair of the division data management committee, working with various units to ensure overall database integrity.  Ron has a BA in Economics from UNI and, has been in the nonprofit sector in the Cedar Valley for almost 25 years.

To register for this great CVNA workshop, please click here.  Free to members, $25 for non-members.  Please RSVP by August 5 by noon.
Community Events ...



North Star is turning 40. To celebrate you are invited to one (or more) of our Ice Cream Socials. 

  • Waverly Center (219 - 20th St. NW, Waverly) TUESDAY, JULY 14th - 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Newel Post Adult Day Services (1108 Tiffany Place, Waterloo) WEDNESDAY, JULY 15th- 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
  • Brain Injury Program (3623 Canterbury Court, Waterloo) THURSDAY, JULY 16th - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
  • North Star's Main Facility (3420 University Ave., Waterloo) FRIDAY, JULY 17th - 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The "Dean of Juggling" will be performing at 1:00 p.m. 
Nonprofit News Corner ...
  • BoardLaunch- IRS Tax Workshop: For Small & Medium Sized Nonprofit Organizations
    September 10, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Olmsted Center, Drake University

    Continuing Education Credits Available 
    The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Drake Law School and the Drake Legal Clinic are proud to partner with the Internal Revenue Service's Exempt Organization Division to present IRS Tax Workshop: For Small and Medium Sized Nonprofit Organizations. This workshop, taught by experienced IRS Exempt Organization Specialists, will explain the nuts and bolts of what 501(c)(3) entities must do to keep their tax-exempt status and comply with tax obligations. Throughout this full-day workshop, we will discuss the benefits and responsibilities of tax-exempt status, unrelated business income, employment classifications and requirements, overview of the 990 form, required disclosures and more. Learn more.

  • Legislative Update
    This past session, the Iowa General Assembly made amendments updating the Revised Iowa Nonprofit Corporation Act, Iowa Code Chapter 504. In an article published in The University of Iowa Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center newsletter, Willard L. Boyd III of Nyemester Goode, P.C. outlines the amendments and what they could mean for your organization. 

  • Iowa Nonprofit Summit
    November 9 - 10
    Scheman Building, Iowa State University

    Save the dates for the Iowa Nonprofit Summit. Registration will open this summer with details available online as they become available. A call for presenters is currently underway with a July 10 deadline.  Click here for presenter information and guidelines. 
  • The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service is pleased to announce the opportunity to apply for AmeriCorps member slots under the AmeriCorps Iowa Partnership Challenge. TheAmeriCorps Partnership Challenge is a competition for applicants to develop proposals to address community needs by engaging AmeriCorps members. Learn more and apply by July 20

Current Job Opportunities ...



Job Title:  Behavioral Health Worker

LSI is seeking a full-time Behavioral Health Worker in our Pediatric Integrated Health Homes program.  Looking for someone who is dedicated to delivering health home services to qualified members.  Position is based in the Waterloo office, but will perform field work in Black Hawk, Grundy and surrounding counties.

This position will work directly with service eligible youth and their families as part of an integrated team.  Meetings will occur in the client's home, and other locations in the community to ensure clients receive the community support and services necessary to be successful. This position will also provide transportation to children and families in critical situations. Candidates must have strong engagement skills.
Some after hour availability is required.

A Bachelors of Social Work or human behavioral science field from an accredited institution together with the equivalent of one year of full-time professional social worker experience acquired after the degree in a public or private social services agency is required.  Case management experience is preferred. Knowledge of community resources is essential, as well as competency in computer basics and documentation skills.   Acceptable human behavior science degrees are: psychology, sociology, human services/development, child development.


For more information on this great opportunity, please visit our web-site.



Job Title:  Development Director


The Development Director is a leadership position that is responsible for:

Enhancing the public image and awareness of SHI, its mission and programs and increasing financial support; Cultivating relationships with donors and friends through events and individual meetings; Writing and submitting grants to potential foundations/organizations Informing constituencies of the work and needs of the SHI program;  Strengthening relations with churches, businesses, community organizations and individuals; Promoting and arranging speaking opportunities to inform supporters of SHI's mission.



Job Title:  Waverly Office Administrative/Bookkeeping Assistant


The Administrative/Bookkeeping Assistant shall be responsible for the orderly and timely operation of the Self-Help office in Waverly. The position assures the steady flow of communication between and among Self-Help Board members, staff, student interns, Self-Help committees and

overseas project staff. He/she maintains income and expense records for the Waverly office.  The person must have a sincere interest in ecumenical missions and concern for issues of hunger and poverty. The person  must be well organized and able to assist with and guide the work of students and volunteers. Office management and bookkeeping experience is necessary as are communication skills, written and spoken, and computer competency in Word, Excel and QuickBooks. Previous web design and/or donor database experience a plus.


Please visit our web-site for more information on these great 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

Welcome New Members...

Please join the CVNA in welcoming our newest member:

  • Waterloo Community Foundation

Please keep up-to-date by visiting our web-site for the most updated information on events and job openings.

As A CVNA Member...



As a reminder, part of being a member of the CVNA:

  • Allows your organization to advertise job postings and event news in our bi-weekly newsletters. Just go to www.cedarvalleynonprofitassociation.com
  • All employees within your organization are eligible to attend our workshops at no additional cost.  If you have employees names/emails you would like me to add, please let me know.

If you know of any job openings you may have or events coming up, please let Holly know via our web-site or via email.

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)
  • 65 member organizations
  • 6 investors
  • 1 corporate sponsor
  • 910 program registrations
  • 57 hours of programming
  • 110 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 93 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
  • 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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