Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 127
March 7, 2016
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Open House Reminder...

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.

Also, The Ike Leighty Family Community Room is now available for use by
nonprofits across the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa's 20 county
region. The Ike Leighty Family Community Room was created to provide a
gathering space for strategic planning, staff enrichment, board and
committee involvement and other important gatherings for nonprofit
organizations. We are grateful to the late Ike Leighty for his generous
support of this community space and his vision for a strong nonprofit
community. We are honored to partner with our nonprofit friends as we
all seek to create stronger, more vibrant communities and provide vital
opportunities and services to the people in our region. Click here for more information.
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.
Nominations Please...

Nominate Someone for Their Great Leadership Within the Cedar Valley!

The 12th Annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon is looking for nominations for the following awards:
  • Business Partner of the Year
  • Nonprofit Staff Leader of the Year
  • Nonprofit Board Member of the Year
  • Koob Award for Collaboration
  • Gordon Mack Award for Student Leadership
  • Legacy Award
  • New Nonprofit Employee of the Year (Winner receives 1 year Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association membership)
  • Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year (Winner Receives $1000 Cash Prize Sponsored by the Community Foundation)
Nominations are Due March 8th!

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.
You're Invited...
Nonprofit Awards Luncheon

When:  April 6, 2016
Where: UNI Commons Ballroom (1224 W. 23rd Street Cedar Falls)
Time:   12:00-1:30 p.m.
Cost:    $30/ per person; $100/ half table (4 people); $200/ full table (8               people); Sponsor a student for $15

The University of Northern Iowa's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association invites you to join us for the 12th Annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon. This event recognizes leaders of the nonprofit sector in the Cedar Valley.

For more information and to register for this luncheon, please email kofootk@uni.edu.
CVNA Member Spotlight...
Together For Youth is a coalition of community partners working together to improve adolescent sexual health outcomes and strengthen young families. We offer a package of adolescent pregnancy prevention programming and we also have a weekly support and education group for pregnant and parenting teens called Young Parents Together (YPT). Black Hawk County is celebrating another historic decline in our teen births; in 1995 we had one of the highest rates of teen births in Iowa with 17.5% of teens giving birth (264 teens total) compared to 2014 we have 5.2% of teens (92 teens total) that gave birth.

We continue to provide a weekly teen parenting group to offer education and support to teens and their children. This collaborative effort between multiple community agencies focuses on helping teens finish school, deliver healthy birth weight babies, prevent subsequent unplanned pregnancies. 

We offer many services on a weekly basis including depression screens, developmental screens, access to community agencies, and parent/child activities.  If you are working with someone that would like to attend YPT they can contact Libby  at 319.231.9373.

You can review their annual report by clicking here.

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

UnityPoint/Allen "Together for Youth" has been a member of the CVNA since 2012-- thank you for your continued support!
CVNA Membership Update...

The Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association has partnered with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (National Headquarters) as a Nonprofit Partner.

This new partnership gives CVNA members access to the following benefits:
  • Webinars: CVNA members will have free access to webinars such as: IBM Watson Analytics: Turning nonprofit data into program, development and volunteer management insights
  • Resources: CVNA members will have free access to books such as: Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes: And How to Ensure They Won't Happen to Yours.
  • Data on Nonprofit Employment
  • Internship Resources including Internship in a Box
  • Access to CNP Launch: When CVNA members post a job with CVNA, we will automatically post your job in CNP Launch.  
  • Access to PurchasingPoint: PurchasingPointŪ is an exclusive discount program for nonprofits that leverages group buying power to get access to significant savings from your everyday vendors, providing nonprofits access to a level of pricing typically reserved for Fortune 100 companies. Benefits of PurchasingPoint include:
    • More than 50 percent savings with select vendors on car rental, shipping, and copy/printing equipment.
    • Estimated savings of $20 million annually among program participants.
    • Estimated average savings of 33 percent annually across all vendors.
    • Employee discounts with select vendors.
If you are not already a CVNA member, we welcome you to join our network and take advantage of these new benefits!
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
  • 1,065 program registrations
  • 72 hours of programming
  • 127 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 
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CVNA Meeting Dates
CVNA is pleased to announce the topics of our upcoming education events for the year ahead: 2016
  • 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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