Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 130
April 18, 2016
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

TeamWork & TeamBuilding Presentation...
The Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association presents an engaging workshop for nonprofit professionals and their boards:  Teamwork and Teambuilding with acclaimed speaker Kit Welchlin.

When:  Thursday, May 5, 2016
Time:    8:00-9:30am
Where:  Elk's Lodge, 407 E. Park Avenue, Waterloo
Cost:     Free for CVNA Members; $25 for non-members.

Having to work with others is a fact of life. Working well together is a necessity.  Most people are unaware of the communication dynamics that affect the team and the team's effort.  Participants will learn how valuable positive team interactions are to organizational success.  Kit's philosophy, "I don't like working on teams, but I have to. Maybe you feel the same way. So I decided, if I have to work on teams; I could just as well be good at it. How about you?"  
Participants will learn...
The requirements to build supportive teams that yield successful results
  •  the tools for successful team meetings
  •  the strategies of building successful teams
  •  the essentials to build cohesiveness
  •  the techniques to apply if a group member creates a problem
About Kit Welchlin:  Kit began public speaking at the age of 9 in 4-H. By 16, he was organizing and facilitating presentations on leadership, citizenship, community service and motivation for the 4-H and Future Farmers of America.
Kit has a B.S. Degree in Speech Communication, Business Administration and Political Science. He earned an M.A. Degree in Speech Communication and Business Administration.
Kit purchased his first manufacturing company at age 21, and by 26 was CEO and Chairman of the Board of three manufacturing companies in three states. He's been an instructor with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, where he has been repeatedly nominated Outstanding Faculty. He is a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association.
Please click here to register for this great presentation by May 3.
PS: Later that same morning, Kit will be presenting a second topic (Customer Service) geared for the Cedar Valley Tourism partners. That may also be of interest to your organization as well!

This program is being presented by the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association, the Waterloo Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau.
CVNA Member Spotlight...
Who we are  
In 1995 a concerned group of church leaders formed the Christian Community Development (CCD)to address homelessness in the area among single mothers and their children.
House of Hope is a 2 year transitional program for homeless single women with children. The program provides support and personalized case management to women to help them identify and attain changes they must make to achieve sustainable independence and self-sufficiency for their families.
What we do
House of Hope provides safe affordable housing, with staff available to address issues, provide support and counsel as concerns emerge, and facilitate women developing social support networks. The program allows women the opportunity to attend school, pay fines, complete community service, or any other steps necessary for their unique situation to ultimately secure and maintain permanent housing. 
Our mission
The House of Hope provides homeless mothers with individualized support and transitional housing to achieve secure families and permanent homes. Our vision is to end the cycle of homelessness for mothers and children in the Cedar Valley with respect, empowerment, stewardship and accountability as our core values.

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

House of Hope has been a member of the CVNA since 2012-- 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...
Job Title:  Director of Advancement and Community Engagement

Primary Goals of this position will to develop and implement the overall vision for the advancement of Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity (IHHFH* Identify, organize and manage the fundraising activities of IHHFH to obtain increased support from corporations, public and private funding organizations, faith communities, and individuals, create and implement strategies aimed at increasing engagement of donors, assuring complete donor satisfaction, deepening the commitment of existing donors, maximizing the number of overall supporters and developing opportunities for all to contribute to IHHFH goals in practical, meaningful, personally (or institutionally) satisfying ways, work with the Executive Director and Program Director to strengthen corporate community engagement with Habitat in the IHHFH service area, by fostering both funding and employee participation/volunteer opportunities, coordinate IHHFH public relations and outreach efforts with the Communications Director to help promote Habitat's message throughout our service area, with a particular focus on relationships with external stakeholders., work with the Executive Director to employ an asset-based community development model to develop deep and long-term relationships of trust and mutual respect with civic, religious and social organizations serving key demographic groups and neighborhoods.

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:
  • Alternatives Pregnancy Center
Did you know....

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

Principle - Board Risk Management Nonprofits should engage in regular risk management regarding board liabilities. 

Practices - To help minimize the potential liabilities of board members, nonprofits in Iowa should consider: 1. Entity status (i.e., incorporation, by which the entity is liable, but not those working for the corporation) 20 2. Specific statutory immunity (in which acts neither intentional nor criminal are protected from liability) see Iowa Code 504.901 3. Indemnification (nonprofit corporation law in Iowa requires in some circumstances that the nonprofit corporation indemnify its board of directors) see Iowa Code sections 504.852 through .857 4. Purchase of Director's and Officer's insurance (which covers costs associated with directors and officers being sued in connection with their work for the nonprofit) see Iowa Code 504.858.

For more information, visit http://www.iasourcelink.com/
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


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 In our first two years we have: (continually being updated)
  • 69 member organizations
  • 5 investors
  • 1,065 program registrations
  • 72 hours of programming
  • 130 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 118 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 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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