Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 120
November 30, 2015
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Legislative Forum...

Don't Miss Out -- This Friday So Sign-Up TODAY!

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.  This year's moderator will be Julianne Gassman, PhD, CNP - University of Northern Iowa.  If you have specific concerns or questions, please email Julianne 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.  
Current Job Openings...

Job Title: Enrollment Coordinators (2)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa was just awarded TWO AmeriCorps positions through the Iowa Department of Public Health. We are seeking: One full-time, 40 hours/week AmeriCorps member for our Waterloo office, and one part-time, 20 hours/week AmeriCorps member for our Waverly office. 

The primary role for both positions will be to recruit, enroll and match volunteers and youth in one-to-one mentoring relationships in Black Hawk, Bremer and Butler County schools and communities that will change the child's life for the better, forever. Both positions do allow for outside employment and schooling as long as it does not conflict with the member's scheduled service hours at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa. 

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references to Katie Orlando, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa at [email protected]
CVNA Member Spotlight...

The City of Cedar Falls and its Tourism & Visitors Bureau offers grant monies to be used to attract, develop, or market an event, meeting or convention, sporting competition or attraction, which will bring visitors to Cedar Falls thereby increasing overnight stays and/or tourism spending.  Applications can be submitted to the Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau at any time throughout the year and funds will be awarded until they are depleted.  Applications MUST be received at least 90 days prior to your intended project.  Projects eligible to receive funding are limited to events, attractions and projects that will potentially create overnight tourism and/or encourage tourism-related economic activity in Cedar Falls. 
Examples of successful projects include:
  • design and/or production and mailing of brochures, postcards,  fliers, and posters
  • advertising design and placement in media outlets that reach outside of the county
  • web site development, bid fees, venue rental, travel show materials and booth fees, and travel expenses
The Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau publishes a weekly e-newsletter called Hospitality Highlights.  This communication, sent on Monday mornings, is intended to be a "quick read" containing timely information regarding groups, events, meetings and special opportunities of interest to our partners and stakeholders.  Hospitality Highlights has become a vital link to business organizations serving our visitors.

There is so much information to post so to read more on this great agency and how you can become more involved, please visit their web-site.

Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitor's Bureau has been a member of the CVNA since 2014 -- thank you for your continued support!
CVNA Sharing Corner...

Free Idealware Resources 
Earlier this month we partnered with the Nonprofit Quarterly to host the roundtable discussion, Nonprofit Technology Trends: What Can the Past Teach Us About the Future? More than 900 people participated in this exciting discussion. If you missed it, you can listen to the recording here for free.

We've got one more roundtable in that series coming up. Hosted by our own Laura Quinn, 
 kicks off at noon Thursday, December 3.

Join Andy Means, Associate Director of the Center for Data Science & Public Policy at the University of Chicago and Founder of Data Analysts for Social Good and The Impact Lab; Mariana A. Preciado, Ph.D., Director of Research & Evaluation at CollegeSpring; and Mary K. Winkler, Senior Research Associate in the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute. Learn more or sign up for free here.

We also put out a new printed resource this month, and thanks to our friends at Redpath Consulting Group and our other sponsors, 
it's free to read.


It's hard to believe that #GivingTuesday is just 3 weeks away and there are just 51 days left in 2015! Time flies when you're having fun with fundraising, right? This week you need to make sure your donation experience is ready to go. Try these tips:
There's still time to create great #GivingTuesday campaign, and we are making it easier than ever. Become a Network for Good client by November 25, you'll get a free extra campaign page to dedicate to #GivingTuesday, along with free campaign images, page content, and appeal templates. Plus, you can earn customer-exclusive matching funds and cash prizes.  Chat with one of our fundraising consultants this week to learn how easy it is to get started.
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 Timi Brown Powers

Welcome New CVNA Member...

The CVNA would like to thank and welcome our newest member:  JLWCF - Junior League of Waterloo and Cedar Falls.  

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)
  • 64 member organizations
  • 6 investors
  • 1 corporate sponsor
  • 973 program registrations
  • 62 hours of programming
  • 120 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 110 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. 

To submit an item for the next newsletter, click on the
submit news page.  Please note that only member organizations who have submitted membership applications may post items.  The newsletter is published every two weeks.




CVNA Meeting Dates
CVNA is pleased to announce the topics of our upcoming education events for the year ahead: 2015
  • December 4th - Legislative Forum
  • January 7th - Strength Finders
  • January 22nd - Grant Gurus
  • February 4th - Tech & Fundraising
  • February 29 - Explor-A-Ganza
  • April 6th - NP Leadership Alliance Luncheon
  • April 7th - Nonprofit Branding
  • April 28th - Grant Gurus
  • June 2nd - Culture
  • June 23rd - Grant Gurus
  • August 4th - Grant writing
  • September TBA - Story Telling
  • September 22nd - Grant Gurus
  • October 6 -  Finance
  • December 2nd - Legislative Forum
For the most updated information please visit our resources section and stay tuned to our web-site for additional information.
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