Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 129
April 4, 2016
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Community Events...

What:   The "What If" Series
Where: Cedar Falls Public Library, Large Meeting Room
When:  Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Time:   7:00 - 8:30 pm
Who:    Media and the general public are welcome to attend
Cost:    Free

The David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics and the Center for Academic Ethics at the University of Northern Iowa introduce a new, ongoing series of public forums to explore different hypothetical scenarios, by asking the question "What If...?"  Presenters will review relevant research and invite the audience to examine various intended and unintended consequences.  Aimed at a broad audience from UNI and the community, the purpose of the series is to stimulate critical thinking and greater public understanding of crucial issues facing society.  The forums will address a wide variety of topics that are likely to affect us in the near future.

The first forum in the series is "What If...Iowa transitioned to a clean energy economy by 2050?" presented by UNI environmental sustainability experts Jack Yates (Professor of Psychology) and Carole Yates (Program Manager, Center for Energy & Environmental Education).

Find more information about the events email 
[email protected]

To purchase tickets to this great event, please click here.

Institute for Youth Leaders are preparing for our 2016 McElroy Scholar Lecture

Our featured speaker is Dr. Norman Dolch whose presentation will focus on "Lifetime Leadership Lessons From Nonprofit Organizations."

When:  Thursday, April 7, 2016
Time:    6:30 p.m.
Where: UNI 252 WRC

Please click here for the full flyer and information on the speaker. 

Sparking Academic Excellence Breakfast 

When:  April 28, 2016
Time:   7:00 - 8:30 AM 
Where: Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center 

Please join the Waterloo Schools Foundation as we celebrate the Waterloo Community School District. Tickets are $25 per person. To learn more or to purchase a ticket, call 319-269-5129 or email [email protected].
CVNA Member Spotlight...

In order for our business to thrive for more than 50 years, it has required innovation. Goodwill has been guided by the motto "necessity is the mother of invention".

Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa, Inc. provides services to persons with disadvantages and/or disabilities. The lions' share of its operations is supported through the processing of tax-deductible donations received from the general public living in the 22 Northeast Iowa counties of Iowa.
Our Goodwill agency was established in 1960 with headquarters in Waterloo, Iowa. 

OUR MISSION:  To help people overcome barriers to independence.
The mission of Goodwill is simply stated in such a way as to recognize the global barriers that may face an individual at home, in the community and in particular within their own physical and/or intellectual impairments and challenges.

Our goal is to assist those we serve to achieve maximum independence. We recognize the potential of every individual regardless of physical limitations, intellectual impairment or socioeconomic barrier. The barriers to independence can only be removed when the majority of us are committed to that goal and are given a clearly defined role.  Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa, Inc. celebrates its heritage as an Iowa based organization. The people of our Midwest region are rugged individuals, grateful for their own life conditions and always willing to share in making the lives of others better. Together, we are making our region a better place to call home.

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

Goodwill Industries has been a member of the CVNA since 2015-- thank you for your continued support!
Grant Gurus...
Challenge grants and Matching grants: Questions and Ideas

When:  Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Where: 425 State Street, Waterloo (Philanthropy Center - 3rd floor)
Time:   11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

At this session, Stacy Van Gorp, Executive Director of the McElroy Trust would like to discuss your experiences with matching grants and challenge grants.  The McElroy Trust often issues challenge grants and matching grants. In the coming months, they will post a guide to challenge and matching grants on their website. 

To make this guide useful, Stacy would like to know your questions about these types of grants.  She'd also love to hear best practices and stories of when matching and challenge grants worked well.
Current Job Openings...
North Star currently has 3 Job Openings

Job Title:  Community Living Specialist - Waverly

The Supported Living Program of North Star Community Services is accepting applications for Community Living Specialist to work part time with persons with disabilities in the Bremer and Butler County area. Hours include a combination of days, evenings and weekends. Responsibilities include providing support to persons served, assisting with accommodations and community supports, implementation of planned goals, and data collection. Applicants must be physically able to assist persons served as needed and meet agency criteria for driving record and background checks.

For more information on this position and on how to apply, please click here
CVNA News...
Please join me in welcoming these new members to the CVNA:
  • American's for Independent Living
  • Cedar Valley Catholic Schools
  • City of Waterloo
  • Cedar Valley Preschool and Child Care Center

Did you know....

In the nonprofit world, there is a great webote called Iowa Principals and Practices that will give you answers to your most dire questions.  For example:


Principle - Communicating to the Government Nonprofit organizations should individually and collectively communicate their views to government about matters which affect the delivery of their services. 

1. IRC 501(c)(3) organizations are free to contact and seek to influence actions of executive and administrative governmental bodies. 2. Under the Internal Revenue Code, organizations are limited to insubstantial activities to influence legislative bodies, but it is acceptable to engage in advocacy within those limits. 3. The measure of whether lobbying is insubstantial or not is complex unless nonprofits make the 501(h) election by filing form 5768 with the IRS to make calculation of insubstantial lobbying easier. 4. Charitable nonprofits can provide educational information to the public about pending legislation not advocating one side or the other, but urging the public to contact their legislators is restricted. 5. Nonprofits exempt under IRC 501(c)(3) are prohibited from participating in political campaigns by distributing information about or endorsing specific candidates. They may provide educational information in a nonpartisan manner about all candidates running for a particular position. Private foundations are subject to excise taxes under IRC 4945 for funding political activity.
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


This week in Des Moines


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)
  • 69 member organizations
  • 4 investors
  • 1,065 program registrations
  • 72 hours of programming
  • 129 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 117 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
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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 26th - 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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