Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 122
December 28, 2015
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Strength Finders Presentation...

Please join the CVNA, as we are offering an added presentation to our schedule this year.  Please sign-up to attend this 1/2 day presentation.

When:  Thursday, January 7, 2016
Time:   8:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Where: Philanthropy Center (425 State Street - US Bank Bldg. Waterloo)
Cost:   $10 fee for each member for the assessment; $50 for non-members

In successful strengths-based organizations, individuals understand their talents and leaders build on team strengths while managing around weaknesses. As Dr. Donald Clifton, former Gallup Chairman and the Father of Strengths-Based Psychology said, "What will happen when we think about what is right with people rather than fixating on what is wrong with them?"
Please join us for an engaging workshop focusing on strengths-based development and leveraging strengths to improve well-being and engagement!  Attendees will have the opportunity to:
  • Complete an online assessment, Gallup's Clifton StrengthsFinder�, and receive resources, tools, and multiple personalized reports of your Top 5 Talent Themes
  • Learn how to leverage your strengths in working relationships and teams. Understand why focusing on strengths leads to improved productivity and performance outcomes.
  • Understand your strengths profile and how to apply the results toward desired performance goals.
Traci is the founder of Follow Your Strengths and one of the first Gallup-Certified Strengths Coaches in the state of Iowa.  She is focused on training individuals and teams to leverage their strengths to improve collaboration, performance, and employee engagement levels within organizations. 

To sign-up or want additional information, email Holly Dusenbery  Deadline to RSVP by January 5, 2016.
CVNA Member Spotlight...

The Cedar Valley Hospice staff believes "compassionate care" is not just a phrase that is spoken, but rather a way of living and working every day to help and support the patients and families we interact with. Cedar Valley Hospice's missionvision and values keep the organization focused on providing the best care possible now and for years to come.

Cedar Valley Hospice began in 1979 when a group of forward thinking individuals had a vision and recognized the importance of quality care for those near the end of their lives. The formation of Cedar Valley Hospice occurred four years after the first hospice in the United States was established, and we have worked since then to honor their foresight.
Major milestones for Cedar Valley Hospice were achieved in the 1980s. The first patient was admitted in 1980, and our organization was also granted 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service.
In 1982, another milestone was reached: the opening of the first inpatient hospice unit in Iowa. Inpatient care was recognized early on by Cedar Valley Hospice leadership as a necessity for a comprehensive care program, and a six-bed unit was opened in Waterloo at what was then the Schoitz Medical Center. For more History, please click here.

For more information on their great organization, please visit their web-site.

Cedar Valley Hopsice has been a member of the CVNA since 2012 -- thank you for your continued support!
Current Job Openings...

Job Title:  Administrative Assistant/Receptionist

The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber is hiring a full-time Administrative Assistant / Receptionist to provide administrative support, answer multi-line phone and greet guests.  Qualifications include at least 2 years related work experience and must be proficient in Microsoft Office. Benefits available. NCRC certification preferred. Complete job description at www.cedarvalleyalliance.com

Please send resume, cover letter, NCRC rating (if applicable) & professional references to: [email protected]. Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber, 10 West Fourth Street, Suite 310, Waterloo, IA 50701.
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

Happy New Year...
From everyone at CVNA we wish all of you a very Happy New Year!

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
  • 1,000 program registrations
  • 64 hours of programming
  • 122 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 111 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: 2016
  • 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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