Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 131
May 2, 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.
Another CVNA Presentation...

What:   Branding in the Nonprofit World
When:  Thursday, June 2, 2016
Time:    8:00-9:30am
Where: Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa new location 
            3147 Greenhill CircleCedar Falls
Cost:     Free for CVNA Members; $25 for non-members

What is branding?  What image does your brand portray to the public? Have you considered rebranding your nonprofit?  Join other CVNA colleagues in learning about the process and importance of a strong brand. The Community Foundation and Cohesive Creative and code, a brand design and digital agency based in Hudson, will present a real life case study reflecting on the CFNEIA journey this past year.  Presenters will be Kaye Englin and Jake Byers with CFNEIA, and Mike Tyler and Chris Corkery with Cohesive.

Please click here to register for another great CVNA presentation.
CVNA Member Spotlight...
We are career women, we are stay at home moms.  We are from town or new to the community.  We are married, we are single.  We are a diverse group of women working toward the same goal of making a positive impact in our community.  

For 75 years, the Junior League of Waterloo-Cedar Falls has sought to improve life in the Cedar Valley.  Countless lives have been touched through the volunteer efforts and financial resources contributed by Junior League.
Our local membership is approximately 280 women strong, including New Member, Active, and Sustaining members, representing a broad range of backgrounds and interests.  As a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, we serve alongside 292 Junior Leagues throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Great Britain and have a collective membership of approximately 160,000 women.

For information on this great organization, please click here. 
JLWCF has been a member of the CVNA since 2015-- thank you for your continued support!
Webinar Series...
What:   Visual Storytelling: The Complete Infographic Toolkit for Nonprofits
When:  June 8 - 29, 2016, 12pm Central
Cost:    Regular/Discount: $180/$145 (remember to put in CVNA2016 for discount)
Infographics with attractive images and compelling data can reach a big audience. They give your data the power to rally support, inspire action, and drive impact. Tap into your data's potential to create change with Visual Storytelling: The Complete Infographic Toolkit for Nonprofits.
Over four Wednesdays starting June 8, Idealware will help you see what kinds of data are best translated into infographics and find the stories hidden in the numbers. We'll also walk you through the practical steps of creating and using your infographic and look at examples of how other organizations created successful infographics. And best of all, we'll help you develop your own infographic that you can begin using right away.
Throughout the course, you will:
  • Identify what you hope to accomplish with an infographic and the ways you want to use it.
  • Learn techniques for finding useful data-both public and within your own organization.
  • Learn how to translate your data into a compelling story.
  • Review tools that can help you create your infographic.
  • Consider visual techniques and strategies to display your information.
  • Walk through the practical considerations from concept to completion.
  • Explore the communications opportunities an infographic creates.
  • Walk away with a simple infographic you can use to help your organization start a conversation or promote a cause.
Toolkit Schedule
All sessions take place Wednesdays at 12 pm Central and last for 90 minutes.

June 8: Defining Your Goals and Finding Your Data
It all starts with data and the impact you think it can have. We'll kick off this session talking about who you're trying to reach and how an infographic might support your organization's goals. Then we'll get down to the details of where to look for data or how to create data that might make a compelling infographic. 

June 15: How to Find the Story in Your Data
Data without a story is just a series of attractive numbers and graphs. We'll discuss how to analyze your data to figure out whether you have a story and how to craft the right story for your organization's needs.

June 22: Create Your Own Infographic
This session will help you move beyond theory and start developing an infographic of your own. We'll guide you along the way by showing you what kind of infographic is likely to work best, visualization best practices, and tools you can use to start building.

June 29: What it Takes to Complete the Job
There are a lot of practical steps to completing an infographic. Beyond gathering information and developing a story, you also need a graphic designer who understands your concept and has the talent to both translate it into imagery and graphics and make it visually appealing. And once you create your infographic, you need a strategy for how to distribute and promote it. We'll review some of the logistical aspects of creating an infographic to help you get started with a solid footing.

Grant News...

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On May 3 and 4, your nonprofit or library can get a one-year subscription to GrantStation's extensive database of grantmakers for only $99. That's $600 off the retail price!

The offer is good for both new and renewing subscribers. It's the biggest deal of the quarter, and it lasts for two days only. You won't want to miss out.

To learn more about GrantStation, 

CVNA News...
Please join me in welcoming these new members to the CVNA:
  • Alzheimer Association
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)
  • 69 member organizations
  • 5 investors
  • 1,115 program registrations
  • 74 hours of programming
  • 131 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
  • May 5th - TeamWork & TeamBuilding
  • 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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