Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 124
January 25, 2016
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Grant Gurus...
When:  JanuaGrant Gurusry 28, 2016
Where: Philanthropy Center (425 Cedar Street, 3rd floor US Bank Bldg)
Time:   11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Speaker: Sharina Sallis with CUNA Mutual

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.
Tech and Fundraising Presentation...
Please join the CVNA as we present our next Presentation on Tech and Fundraising.

When:  Thursday, February 4, 2016
Where: Philanthropy Center (425 Cedar Street - US Bank Bldg. 3rd floor)
Time:   8::00 - 9:30 a.m
Cost:  Free to CVNA members; $25 non-members

Hear examples of crowdfunding technologies used in the Cedar Valley. Cedar Valley United Way and Warttburg College will share their experiences and insights using crowdfunding to raise money for their respective organizations.

To RSVP for this great presentation, please click here.  RSVP by Wednesday, February 3rd.
Explor-A-Ganza Is Back...
When:  February 29, 2016
Where: GBPAC Lobby
Time:  3:45 - 5:00 p.m. (set-up 3:30)
Cost:  Free to CVNA members; $25 for non-members

Feel free to bring any display materials along with handouts of any job, internship, and/or volunteer opportunities. 

Explore-A-Ganza is an excellent opportunity for you to meet UNI students to discuss internships, jobs, career & volunteer opportunities with your organization. Organization profiles will be shared with students before the event.  The format of the event will consist of "speed interviewing" with 5-6 rounds/rotations. Each organization representative will meet with approximately 20 students.  We hope you will join us!

Cookies and refreshments will be available as well throughout the event.

If anyone has further questions, contact Shelby Yates (Director of Professional Development, NLA) [email protected] or (319) 429-3374.

CVNA Member Spotlight...

Cedar Valley Friends of the Family - 22 Years of Service 1992-2014

Our Mission: To provide safe shelter, confidential services, and housing assistance to individuals in crisis due to homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault. 

Our Vision: Through prevention education and community engagement we seek a future free of violence and homelessness.

Today - our violence prevention programs are educating thousands of youth and adults on how they can prevent violence. Our housing programs help homeless families and individuals achieve independence and stability. And our emergency shelter program helps victims of violent crime achieve safety and an independent life, free from abuse.

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

Cedar Valley'Friends of the Family has been a member of the CVNA since 2013 -- thank you for your continued support!
Keeping You In the Know...
A New Report (with Tools) For Deciding on Extended Executive Transitions
Written by Stephanie Clohesy -- A blog I published yesterday with Building Movement Project about a report I co-wrote with Frances Kunreuther....the fourth article in our Life After Leadership series.
Please click here to read more if you are thinking about a long term career exit.

- AND -  

The Wellmark Foundation 2016 Requests for Proposals are now available on www.Wellmark.com/Foundation. New this year is an online grant application process. 

A webinar will be held Jan. 27 and 28 to go through the RFPs and answer questions you may have. To sign-up, please click here.
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
  • 124 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
  • Partners with NLA
  • Partners with Idealware
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 28th - Grant Gurus
  • February 4th - Tech & Fundraising
  • February 29 - Explor-A-Ganza
  • April 6th - NP Leadership Alliance Luncheon
  • April 28th - Grant Gurus
  • May 4th or 5th - NP Branding
  • June 2nd - Culture
  • June 23rd - Grant Gurus
  • August 4th - Grant writing
  • September 20 - 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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