Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 133
May 31, 2016
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

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...
Mission:  To provide the highest level of service possible and to assure that transit plays an important role in contributing to the overall quality of life in the metro area.

In 1953, the St. John's Transportation Company bought the transit system from the Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and Northern Railroad (WCF&N) with the intent of establishing a financially sound operation. However, Waterloo and Cedar Falls experienced a decline in rider ship that mirrored the national postwar trend in the increased use of the personal auto.

Revenues continued to decline and the business again changed hands in 1958 and was subsequently placed in receivership in 1964. In 1965, National City Lines, a national transit management company, contracted to operate the transit system for the Waterloo Industrial Development Association which served as the representative of the metropolitan area. Later, municipal representation was further refined through the establishment of a Bus Board which governed the operations of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Transit Company with subsidization from the cities of Waterloo and Cedar Falls.
In August of 1972, the Bus Board reorganized as the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Black Hawk County, Inc. and became a nonprofit quasi-public corporation as provided for in Chapter 388 of the Code of Iowa. Effective July 1,1981, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Black Hawk County, was re-chartered under Chapter 28E of the Code of Iowa, including the cities of Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Evansdale, and Elk Run Heights. In 1986, Evansdale and Elk Run Heights opted out of the agreement. 
Today, MET serves Waterloo and Cedar Falls with fixed route and paratransit service, and Evansdale with paratransit service under a separate agreement.

For information on this great organization, please click here.
Metropolitan Transit Authority has been a member of the CVNA since 2012-- thank you for your continued support!
Around The Cedar Valley...

"Time for Art"

What:   Art Show and Silent Auction
When:  June 14, 2016
Time:    7:00-8:30pm
Where: 3420 University Avenue in Waterloo (East entrance)

Art Show & Silent Auction - "Time for ART" Spotlighting the talents of 90 North Star artists. Music by "Hands of Time" Quartet Painting demo by Cedar Valley Art & Wine Refreshments Silent Auction fundraiser. Great items to bid on!
Nonprofit Training Day Opportunity...

Please join us for our 2016 Non-Profit Training Day 

When:  June 14 
Time:    8:30 AM-4:00 PM (registration begins at 7:45) 
Where:  Mt. Mercy Graduate Center (1650 Matterhorn Drive NE, Cedar                    Rapids, IA
Cost:     $30 per person (includes sessions, continental breakfast, lunch                and afternoon snack)

Participation is open to anyone who works or volunteers at a non-profit organization. 

This professional development event for non-profit staff and volunteers provides a way for our chapter to give back to our communities by offering high quality training at a low registration rate that covers our costs. 

More specific topic information is coming. To see what topics have been offered at past Non-Profit Training Days, visit these links: 201520142013.           
Registration is open. We are currently lining up presenters and will post the information as it is available. Click here for details and to register.
Association of Leadership Programs Midwest Regional Conference...

'Ignite Leadership: Developing Skills that Spark Community Change'

When:  June 16-17, 2016 
Where:  Embassy Suites, 101 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Greater Des Moines will host the Association of Leadership Programs Midwest Regional Conference on June 16 and 17, 2016. The host organizations, Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and Regional Leadership Council of Central Iowa (a collaboration of 18 community leadership programs), will welcome staff and board members from community leadership organizations in more than thirteen states to Greater Des Moines.
The Association of Leadership Programs Midwest Conference will feature workshops and discussions that facilitate sharing best practices, fostering innovation, and engaging in learning. The June 16th pre-conference workshop, "Civility and Community," will feature Scott Raecker, director of The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University. Sessions during the main conference on June 17th will highlight topics such as alumni engagement, diversity, class projects, innovation, and measuring success.
Registrations for the luncheon and keynote address are being accepted at  gdmli.com. Registrations for the pre-conference workshop and the full-day conference are being accepted at alpleaders.org.

"This is an amazing opportunity to showcase the successes of Central Iowa and to learn from individuals who champion community leadership development in other Midwest cities."
Did You KNow...

Consumers Guide To Grants Management Systems

How do you choose the right Grant system for your needs? This report is a good place to start-we've done a lot of the work for you, reviewing 29 different systems and comparing them against nearly 200 requirements criteria. We first published this report in 2008, and in this latest update we introduce new systems and criteria to better help you find the right solution to your grant making needs.

Thanks to the generosity of our partners, the Technology Affinity Group and Grants Managers Network, it's free to download
Current Job Openings...

Job Title:   Match Support Specialist, Waterloo Schools

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa (BBBS) seeks full-time candidates for a Match Support Specialist position that will support long-term one-to-one mentor relationships to mentees attending Waterloo schools. BBBS matches youth facing adversity (Littles) with adult positive role models (Bigs) to help these youth achieve success in life. 

The Match Support Specialist will serve as a liaison and ambassador to BBBS and the Waterloo School District. This position will work from an office located at Orange Elementary and will also have space at the BBBS Waterloo Office. A Bachelor's degree in social work, human services or related field is required for this position. Experience working with diverse populations, both child and adult, and assessment, intake and interview experience is preferred. The successful candidate must have a car, valid driver's license, and meet state required automobile insurance minimums. Background checks are required. 

For more information on this position and how to apply, please click here.

The Job Foundation currently has two job openings.

Job Title:  Administrative Assistant

A minimum of two years of college. Degrees in a Health and Human Services and/or Non Profit Management preferred. Experience and training performing secretarial type work essential. A large heart for the economic advancement of Cedar Valley's youth essential. Must have excellent people and conflict resolution skills. Must be well organized and self-motivated. Must be articulate and able to represent the organization accurately and with passion. Math skills required. Car ownership and valid driver's license required. Must be able to pass a comprehensive background check.

Job Title:  Family Support Coordinator

Bachelor and/or Masters degree in a health and human services field. A large heart for the economic advancement of Cedar Valley's youth is essential. Must have excellent people and conflict resolution skills. Must be well organized and self-motivated. Must be articulate and able to represent the organization accurately and with passion. Car ownership and valid driver's license required. Must be able to pass a comprehensive background check.

For more detailed job description information and how to apply, please contact Jennifer Brost, Executive Director.
Community Foundation News...

Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa 60th Anniversary Capacity Building Grant

In celebration of its 60th Anniversary, the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa is offering nonprofits the opportunity to secure a $50,000 grant that can help them reach their next 60 years.  

CFNEIA will be awarding 1 to 2 recipients with all or a portion of the $50,000 funding. Organizations must be serving residents of Black Hawk County.  The Capacity Building grant application starts with a Letter of Intent qualifying process. Letters of Intent must be completed through the Foundation's online grant application system by June 30.

Organizations can submit up to 2 Letters of Intent. If invited to submit a full application, organizations will be asked for a comprehensive project budget and timeline, as well as more in-depth detail of the project. Letter of Intent decision notifications will be sent on July 29, 2016.

To see more detailed information and to apply, visit cfneia.org/grant60
Summer Is Here - Take it Slow...

Schools will be out for the summer later this week.  Please remember to watch for kids out playing and take it slow.  


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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  • 72 member organizations
  • 5 investors
  • 1,172 program registrations
  • 74 hours of programming
  • 133 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 124 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
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CVNA Meeting Dates
CVNA is pleased to announce the topics of our upcoming education events for the year ahead: 2016
  • June 2nd -Branding in the NP World
  • 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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