Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 126
February 22, 2016
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

CVNA Member Spotlight...

Community United Child Care Centers and Preschool was formed on July 1, 1993 with our Westridge Thode/Rouse center. CUCCC, Inc. is a private, non-profit child development center. In 1998, we opened our Valley Park center and our Nordic Drive center in 2002. Our staff include, Degreed Early Childhood Teachers and Assistant Teachers, experienced laypersons, parents and education major students from local universities and colleges. Our staff is trained in Early Childhood Development, Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter, Universal Precautions and are First Aid and CPR (Adult, Child and Infant) Certified.
Our Mission:  "Partnering with families to nurture and educate tomorrow's leaders"
 Our mission is to provide quality child care in a warm and nurturing atmosphere. We offer developmentally appropriate activities in small and large group settings designed to enhance the social, emotional, intellectual, language and physical development of each child served. We serve all children.
Our Vision: "Providing quality child care in a nurturing environment"

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

Community United Child Care centers, Inc. has been a member of the CVNA since 2015-- thank you for your continued support!
UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Request for Proposals (RFP)...

The UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is seeking opportunities to perform research with nonprofit organizations within the Cedar Valley.  Please complete the RFP for said research. 

Please complete the RFP by Friday, March 4th , 2016 and return it to Andrew Juarez if interested. 
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 [email protected].

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.
World's Greatest Spring Break...
March 14 - 18, 2016.

Download the 2016 flyer
Tips to have the GREATEST Spring Break
  1. Admission is $1 per kid at each attraction.  Accompanying adults get in for $1.   For their 50th anniversary, the Waterloo Center for the Arts admission is $.50.
  2. All kids must be accompanied by an adult. Supervision is required in all venues.
  3. Plan ahead for special times and dates when $1 admission is available.
  4. If you plan to ice skate, bring a helmet and pads, too!
  5. It will be busy so come early in the day and early in the week (Monday - Tuesday).
  6. Parking is limited in some locations, so use the public parking downtown.
  7. Enjoy the rest of the fun downtown, including hotel rooms for only $59.95 per night.
For more information please go to worldsgreatestspringbreak.com.
Webinar Opportunity...
At the heart of large-scale solutions to social problems are some of the most accomplished leaders you've never heard of: network leaders. Network leaders actively catalyze networks (or organizations that function like networks), leading to an exponential increase in growth and scale beyond what an organization could accomplish on its own. As they expand and evolve their networks, they make sure that their own power fades and the capacity of others grows. This two-part webinar series will present key principles and practical tools necessary to cultivate a network entrepreneur's approach to leadership in your organization.

The Network Leader Mindset
Presented by Jane Wei-Skillern, Marty Kooistra, & Jean Horstman
When:     March 8, 2016
Time:      1:00 - 2:00 p.m. CST
Location: Philanthropy Center

This webinar will:
  • Explain why networks are critical catalysts for change
  • Examine the four principles crucial for network leader success
  • Describe the critical mindset shift that leaders must undergo in order to achieve network-level impact
  • Provide practical lessons that they can apply in their own organizations, sectors, and fields

The Network Leader Roadmap

Presented by David Sawyer, David Ehrlichman, David Haskell, & Curtis Ogden

When:    March 22, 2016
Time:     1:00-2:00 p.m. CST
Location: Philanthropy Center

This webinar will:
  • Explain how networks can enable public, private, and social sector leaders to achieve impact with greater agility while utilizing existing resources
  • Provide practical techniques, exercises, and convening designs that enable groups to rapidly build a capacity for finding common ground
  • Introduce paths for identifying shared values and a shared purpose across diverse actors
  • Set forth a clear roadmap for launching and sustaining networks that can drive innovation and impact both within organizations and across systems.
To register for these sessions, please click here.
More Benefits for CVNA Members...

As and added member benefit, the CVNA in conjunction with Hawkeye Community College, are collaborating together to offer members access to Freelance grant proposal writers.   

If you are interested in working as an independent grant proposal contractor for a nonprofit organization, please submit the following contact form.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Constance Grimm.
NOTE: CVNA makes no guarantees about the amount of work provided to individuals who express an interest in providing assistance with grant proposals on a contractual basis. CVNA also does not confirm information about grant writing experience or areas of expertise. This information is being provided to CVNA partners as a courtesy only. Both CVNA and our partners do not endorse grant writers. It is the responsibility of each applicant organization to request work samples, verify letters of reference, and/or screen potential contractors as part of the hiring process.
CVNA Membership Update...

Thank you for your continued membership with the CVNA.  April 1st will mark the start of our 5th year.  We are very excited about our continued growth and the ability to offer more educational presentations to our members.  We have also added some upcoming partnerships that will be included with your membership renewal invoice.  

If you are not a member of the CVNA and would like to join, 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
  • 126 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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