Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 111
July 27, 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.
Current Job Opportunities ...



Job Title:   Program Coordinator for their Waverly location


The primary function of this position is to ensure that volunteers and children are appropriately enrolled, matched and supported according to Big Brothers Big Sisters standards and practices for child safety and positive impacts on youth. A passion for working with youth facing adversity, proven written and verbal communication skills, and comfort speaking in front of small and large groups required.  


To apply, send cover letter, resume and any salary requirements to Katie Orlando or Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa, 2530 University Ave #8, Waterloo, IA 50701.  Deadline to apply: Friday, July 31, 2015. 




Job Title:  Development & Community Relations Coordinator

The Larrabee Center, Inc. is seeking a highly organized self-starter to implement and coordinate the execution of the agency's annual fundraising plan. This full time position requires excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as effective sales skills. The ability to work harmoniously with a wide range of people is essential for this position. A Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 1 year of experience in Development/Fundraising is required. (Educational Experience may be considered.) 


If interested, please submit resume to Jessica Gulick, Program Manager, by noon on July 31, 2015 at 117 11th St NW, Waverly, IA 50677.




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:  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:

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

Volunteer Opportunities...

ASPIRE TRP is looking for volunteers to help with Camp HOPE from August 3-7.  Volunteers needed to lead groups through horse-involved activities, arts and crafts, cooking activities and day trips.  


The Northeast Iowa Food Bank will host a Personal Care Drive to collect personal hygiene items.  Volunteers are needed to hand out flyers and collect donations from 9 a.m. to noon August 8th at local Walmart and Fareway stores.  


For more information please call the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley at 272-2087 or go to www.vccv.org

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
  • 111 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 95 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
  • 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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