Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 123
January 11, 2016
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

CVNA Member Spotlight...

 "Parents, families and communities, united for the love of our children, will be informed and wholly involved in nurturing our children to ensure access to resources needed for optimal development."

Cedar Valley's Promise (CVP) is a grassroots movement to improve the lives of our children through community-wide involvement. It connects parents, neighbors, businesses, governments and youth-serving organizations to provide all children with the support, assets, and resources necessary to achieve their fullest potential.

Cedar Valley's Promise grew out of several area initiatives in 1998 concerned for the welfare and healthy development of all its children and to mobilize resources throughout Black Hawk County for their benefit.

Cedar Valley's Promise encourages community groups and individual citizens to commit themselves to action and publicizes opportunities to do so. It identifies existing community resources and initiatives, identifies duplication in services for youth, and acts as a catalyst to strengthen community support for youth/children. It provides guidance for health, education, and human services, and for the establishment of healthy community relationships.

Cedar Valley's Promise has articulated four underlying beliefs: 
1.  The time from conception to age five is critical for human development since the basic cognitive, social, and emotional foundation is established in those years.
2.  Families are the primary care givers and educators of their children.
3.  Families are able to identify their basic needs and must be given the opportunity to acquire resources necessary to meet those needs.
4.  Families, schools, and the community must work together in partnership to insure the social, emotional, intellectual, physical, and behavioral well-being of children and youth.

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

Cedar Valley's Promise has been a member of the CVNA since 2012 -- thank you for your continued support!
Grant Gurus...
CUNA Mutual Group is proud to support causes that help to strengthen our communities and the lives of the people who live in them. Come to January Grant Gurus to learn more about their application process and guidelines.

When:  January 28, 2016
Where: Philanthropy Center (425 Cedar Street, 3rd floor US Bank Bldg)
Time:   11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Speaker: Sharina Sallis
Current Job Openings...

Job Title:  Executive Director

Cedar Valley Hospice is seeking a full time Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible to the Board of Directors for the overall management of all aspects of Cedar Valley Hospice. Specific areas of responsibilities include: Operational Leadership, Strategic Planning, Compliance, Organizational Effectiveness and Relationships.

Qualifications for the position include: Bachelor's degree in related field required with a Master's preferred, five years experience in healthcare management (in hospice or home care setting) preferred. Five years experience supervising senior level staff required with three years experience working with a Board of Directors preferred. Knowledge and
understanding of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements/regulations required. Highly developed written and oral communication skills also required. 

For more detailed information on this opportunity, interested candidates should apply online at www.cvhospice.org. Please attach a cover letter and resume to your application.

Job Title:  Executive Director

Executive Director Main Street Waterloo seeks an energetic Executive Director to work with its Board of Directors to coordinate downtown revitalization strategies using the Main Street Approach. 

Duties will include:  Acting as the key spokesperson and advocate for Main Street Waterloo and the downtown revitalization effort. Work with this non-profits' volunteers in developing and aggressively implementing an annual action plan.  Encourage visual improvements to downtown businesses and properties. Recruit, retain and expand businesses.  Market and promote activities and events.  Maintain and build working relationships with public and non-governmental organizations.  

Bachelor degree in one of the following: planning, economic development, business administration, historic preservation, public administration, public relations, or associated Downtown revitalization fields, or equivalent experience. 

Interested candidates should email cover letter, resume and 2 professional references and one personal reference to MSW Search Committee at [email protected]Only complete applications received by February 5, 2016, will be considered.
StrengthFinders Recap...
Thank you to everyone who attended the StrengthFinders presentation last week.  It was a great way to kick-off the new year.  Thank you Traci McCausland for helping us understand our strengths better.  Traci is offering a 15% discount if you are interested in having a StrengthFinders presentation.  You can contact her at [email protected]

Webinar News...

From Audit to Redesign: The Complete Nonprofit Website Toolkit runs Tuesdays from January 19 through February 16. Over five 90-minute sessions, we'll lead a boot camp designed to help you develop a more useful and engaging website.

We'll walk you through website basics (how to lead a redesign project, best practices for accessibility, mobile optimization, content management systems, technical details, and online branding) and talk about how website content works alongside email, direct mail, and social media efforts to create a communications mix.Register or learn more here

To give you a taste of the full course, we're offering a free one-hour webinar on Website Trends for 2016 from 11am - 12:30 pm  on January 14. To learn more, register here.

Other courses begin in February, covering technology topics of interest to nonprofits like yours, including Strategies for Cross-Channel Marketing and the five-session Integrated Communications: How to Give Your Strategy a Boost, Harmonize Your Channels, and Inspire Action. We hope you'll join us for one of our popular and engaging webinars.

CVNA will post more information on the above dates as they get closer.
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


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
  • 1,022 program registrations
  • 68 hours of programming
  • 123 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 113 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: 2016
  • January 28th - Grant Gurus
  • February 4th - Tech & Fundraising
  • February 29 - Explor-A-Ganza
  • April 6th - NP Leadership Alliance Luncheon
  • April 28th - Grant Gurus
  • May TBA - Culture
  • June 2nd - Nonprofit Branding
  • 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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