Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 125
February 8, 2016
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

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 or to register your organization, contact Shelby Yates (Director of Professional Development, NLA) yatess@uni.edu or (319) 429-3374.  
CVNA Member Spotlight...

Children's Cancer Connection was established in 1988 to provide programs and services to children battling childhood cancer. Quickly it was obvious that the disease not only affects the child but it also affects the entire family. Our programs and services have grown with that in mind.

Today Children's Cancer Connection offers a large variety of programs and services centered on our mission to enhance the quality of life for families affected by childhood cancer by providing programs for education, recreation and support. We provide these programs for all families affected by childhood cancer who are living, treated or diagnosed in the state of Iowa, regardless of outcome.

Our services include: Camps & Retreats, Hospital-Based Programs, Support Services & Family Outings, and Survivor-ship Services.

The entire family. The entire journey.
Our programs and services are offered at little or no cost, and no one is ever turned away because of financial consideration. They are made possible by the generous support of hundreds of individuals as well as numerous service clubs, businesses, and foundations. We receive no state or federal funding and are not part of the United Way. Individuals may choose to support us through their workplace giving programs by electing to use the "Donor Choice" option.

We are successful because of the support of more than 40,000 hours of volunteer service every year. Our volunteers serve in many roles. They provide general office help, are program volunteers, assist in our fundraising efforts, child care providers during support groups, and camp staff at every level. To learn more about how to get involved as a volunteer, please visit the  tab.

For information on this great organization and to learn more about volunteering, please click here.

Children's Cancer Connection has been a member of the CVNA since 2015-- thank you for your continued support!
Open House ...


When:  Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Time:   Open House from 4 to 6 p.m.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 4:15 p.m. led by the Honorable Mayors of Waterloo and Cedar Falls and the Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber Ambassadors. Tours and refreshments to follow.

To help us plan, please RSVP by March 2 to 319-287-9106 ext. 13 or events@cfneia.org.

A Milestone in Our 60-Year History Our new location is designed to share with nonprofit partners through the use of the Ike Leighty Family Community Room, and be a home for future growth for good in the
Cedar Valley and across our region.
Webinar Opportunities ...

Integrated Communications: How to Give Your Strategy a Boost, Harmonize Your Channels, and Inspire Action

What:   Five 90-minute webinars 
When:  February 23 to March 22
Time:   12 noon - 1:30 pm

Do you feel as though you're putting out content that just disappears into cyberspace? Or that you're working so hard to keep up a presence on all the different communications channels that you hardly have time to think about what's actually working? Maybe it's time to step back and take another look at your strategy.

Idealware's five-part course is designed for organizations that already understand the basics of online communications and are ready to delve deeper into strategic opportunities across multiple online and offline channels. Whether you're seeking to increase your fundraising, play a larger role in advocacy efforts, or strengthen your brand, this course will help you develop a road map to a seamlessly integrated online communications experience.  Throughout the course, you will:
  • Review branding concepts and techniques.
  • Discuss how engaging content-especially storytelling-can help bridge multiple channels.
  • Confirm which channels make sense for your organization and review the resources you plan to devote to each.
  • Review metrics that can help gauge the success of the campaign.
  • Develop strategies for building and engaging with a community, including building email lists and gaining new social media followers.
  • Learn how to structure communications across channels.
  • Focus on campaigns, especially for fundraising and advocacy.
  • Outline a plan that you can put into action right away.
February 23: Confirming Your Goals, Branding, and Channel Mix
March 1: Building an Engaged Community
March 8: Planning Your Flow of Communications
March 15: Planning Fundraising and Other Campaigns
March 22: Moving Forward and Making a Plan

To learn more about the speaker and to register, please click here.

- AND - 

Strategies for Cross-Channel Marketing

When:  Thursday February 18, 2016
Time:    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 PM

In nonprofit marketing, theory often runs up against reality-we know we need to reach out across all our different channels in a harmonious (and efficient) way, but the day-to-day scramble often means we lose sight of the big picture. Idealware partnered with our friends at TechImpact and The NonProfit Times to bring you this panel of nonprofit marketing experts, who will discuss the challenges nonprofits face and offer their perspectives on how you can more effectively communicate across all your many channels.

To learn more about this webinar and to register, 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
  • 1,042 program registrations
  • 70 hours of programming
  • 125 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
  • February 29 - Explor-A-Ganza
  • April 6th - NP Leadership Alliance Luncheon
  • April 28th - Grant Gurus
  • May 5th - Culture
  • June 2nd - NP Branding
  • 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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