Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 118
November 1, 2015
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Legislative Forum...

When:  Friday, December 4, 2015
Where: Philanthropy Center (425 Cedar Street, Waterloo US Bank Building)
Time:   8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Cost:    Free to CVNA members:  $25 non-members

Please join us on Friday, December 4th for our 4th annual Legislative forum.  If you have specific concerns or questions, please email Holly prior to the event. 

This is a great avenue for you to have your voice heard and is offered to all Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association members.  If space is available, we will open up registration for non-members. The charge for non-members will be $25. Please click here to register for this great forum.  Deadline to register is December 2nd at noon.  
CVNA Member Spotlight...

Mission: The Cedar Bend Humane Society commits itself to providing humane care for all animals under its protection, educating the community about responsible pet ownership, and advancing the cause of kindness to all animals.

We've been in existence since 1910.
Our location, 1166 West Airline Highway, Waterloo, opened in 1968. A new adoption center was built in 2009 with community support and donations.
We are a non-profit organization that exists because of the support and friendship of people who donate money, time, and other gifts. Every dollar and donation received benefits the animals by helping with medical needs, spay and neuter costs, and providing care and shelter for the homeless, neglected, and unwanted animals of the Cedar Valley. The Cedar Bend Humane Society staff and animals are forever grateful for your friendship and support! 

The Cedar Bend Humane Society offers presentations emphasizing kindness, compassion, and respect for all animals. To schedule a presentation for your school or group, please call 319-232-6887 or email [email protected]

We continue to develop programs to meet the needs of our community. If you have a different program in mind, please contact us to see what might be arranged.

To read more on the great agency and how you can become more involved, please visit their web-site.

Cedar Bend Humane Society has been a member of the CVNA since 2014 -- thank you for your continued support!
Current Job Opportunities...

Job Title:  Outreach Services manager

Provide leadership and oversight to Cedar Valley Friends of the Family's victim re-housing and outreach programs and mobile team in a manner that will ensure the highest level of victim services and program accountability while empowering a positive work environment. Establish and maintain a network of collaborative partnerships with service related entities to facilitate optimum victim access to needed services.

For a full description of the requirements for this great opportunity, please visit our web-site.  Resumes can be sent to Kelley.

Job Title:  Marketing Assistant

The Marketing Associate works closely with the Director of Marketing and Communications to strengthen and improve the quality of life in northeast Iowa through the effective implementation of marketing and communication plans and initiatives of the Community Foundation. This position serves
as the primary marketing contact for CFNEIA affiliate community foundations, and is responsible for assisting with the development of strategic efforts and creative marketing and communications projects.

Up to 25% travel is required for this position.

For more detailed information and how to apply, please visit our web-site.
Community Events...

When:  Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Where: Tendrils Rooftop Garden, 312 9th Street SW, Waverly, Iowa
Cost:    $25.00 per person

You are cordially invited to this intimate affair featuring updates about 
Self-Help's work in Ghana & Nicaragua, and a special video presentation from Nicaragua staff member Lucia Vega, recipient of the 2015 Merry Fredrick Leadership Award. 

Enjoy a selection of wines with tapas catered by Moment in Thyme while getting a head start on your holiday shopping list with unique items such as a hand-carved nativity scene from Ghana, colorful wine bags (pictured below) handmade by micro-credit beneficiary Dianaopportunities to sponsor micro-loans for specific women such as Ama, and more!

6th Annual Gala - come celebrate with the stars and enjoy an evening of Hollywood HOUNDS and Couture CATS. 

When:  Saturday, November 14, 2015
Time:   5:00 p.m. 
Where: Hilton Garden Inn, 7213 Nordic Dr., Cedar Falls 
Cost:    $55 or $385 for a table of 8

There will be a social time, dinner, and silent auction. Music by the Cedar Valley Big Band! A special visit from CBHS furry friends. This year our goal is to raise $20,000 to help cover some of the medical costs necessary to care for the homeless, abandoned, sick and injured animals that enter our doors every year. Your participation is life-saving!

Reservations available by calling 319-232-6887 or click on this link.
CVNA Sharing Corner...

Eight Tips for a Successful Email Fundraising Campaign

The CVNA set up a free trial run for a webinar back on October 27, 2015. However due to the last minute set-up many of our members were not able to sign up for this webinar but asked for the slides and/or presentation to be sent to them.  Please click here and you can watch the webinar at your convenience.  If you just want to review the slides only, please

If you're interested in learning more about how your email metrics stack up against other nonprofits, take a look at The 2015 M+R Benchmarks Study.

The CVNA is looking at partnering with Idealware to provide our membership with more webinar opportunities in 2016.  
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

Please click here for the most updated information on Timmy Brown Powers


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)
  • 63 member organizations
  • 6 investors
  • 1 corporate sponsor
  • 973 program registrations
  • 61 hours of programming
  • 118 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 109 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. 

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CVNA Meeting Dates
CVNA is pleased to announce the topics of our upcoming education events for the year ahead: 2015
  • December 4th - Legislative Forum
Not to worry, we'll be back with more trainings in 2016! 

In the meantime, check out our resources section and stay tuned to our web-site for additional information.

Exciting new resources and training opportunities will be coming soon... 
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