Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 134
June 13, 2016
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Grant Gurus...
Grant Gurus

What:   Grant Gurus
When:  Monday, June 27, 2016
Time:   11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa
           3117 Greenhill Circle Cedar Falls

Tom Wickersham with The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, will be giving feedback about their grant reporting form. 

Please make note of this date and location change.
CVNA Member Spotlight...
Mission:  Christian Caring - enhancing lives through a commitment to individualized care in a home empowered by God's love.

Statement of Vision & Purpose: Serving individuals through our continuous tradition of quality with premier hospitality and professionalism in all areas of senior living.  For over half a century, NewAldaya has been providing quality housing and compassionate care.  We are committed to providing affordable housing options to meet a variety of lifestyles and healthcare needs.  Our mission emphasizes the value we place on people and our dedication to sustaining residents' independence and quality of life.

Unlike other retirement organizations; NewAldaya Lifescapes is set apart from the rest as a stand-alone leader in non-profit senior services for more than 55 years in the Cedar Valley. Steadfast perseverance has perpetuated a tradition of quality for NewAldaya Lifescapes that no other organization of its kind can touch!

Nestled on 17 acres in the metropolitan community of Cedar Falls, in Northeast Iowa, NewAldaya is not just a home but a place to live for nearly three hundred.  As identified in the organization's corporate name (Cedar Falls Lutheran Home) NewAldaya Lifescapes was founded by a group of seven Lutheran churches; today it serves a diverse community with a wide variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds.

NewAldaya Lifescapes is an award winning organization that is home to a unique, 14,000 sq. foot, lifestyle center.  Built with the thought of your favorite downtown parkade in mind, NewAldaya's Main Street offers beautiful amenities that you are sure to love! We can't wait to meet you on Main Street!

For information on this great organization, please click here.
New Aldaya Lifescapes has been a member of the CVNA since 2012-- thank you for your continued support!
Level Up You Grant Proposal Writing..

What:   Level Up Your Grant Proposal Writing
When:  Thursday, August 4, 2016
Time:    8:00-9:30am
Where: Philanthropy Center 
            425 Cedar Street, Waterkoo
Cost:     Free for CVNA Members; $25 for non-members

Please join Angela Widner (award-winning Nonprofit Alliance program at UNI), share her expertise with you.

Have you wondered why some of your best ideas don't get support from funders?  Are you in recycle-mode with your grant proposals, taking pieces and parts, making a few edits, and resubmitting nearly the same content over and over again?  Do you struggle with finding a system for grants organization and administration that is effective and enables you to demonstrate accountability to your funders?  

This session will focus on a series of questions designed to help you evaluate your current grant proposal writing and grants administration systems.  You will be challenged to identify areas where you need to throw out old notions of grant writing and identify opportunities for taking your grant seeking and proposal writing to the next level.

Please bring a copy of one of your recent grant proposals (funded or not) to use during this hands-on workshop.  

This session will include a 60 minute presentation and a 30 minute meet and greet with local funders.

Please click here to register for another great CVNA presentation.
Please Help...

CNR: Sign-on Letter to Oppose Block Grants in School Meals Program
The House's CNR committee bill included a three state pilot to block grant the school meals program. This policy, which was added into the bill shortly before markup, and voted out of committee, would significantly harm the effectiveness of the school meal programs. Feeding America is working with a broad coalition of partners to oppose this harmful policy. We are still collecting signatories for this statement and will do so for at least another week. If your organization has not read the letter or shared the letter we encourage you to do so today.

Free Upcoming Webinars...

June 15th: Board Roles and Culture 
This webinar explores different types of boards. Discussion highlights good governance and roles and responsibilities of nonprofit boards, including five questions that guide the work of a board.  Click here to register.

June 29th:  Build A Better Budget
You will learn to create an effective budget process that will get everyone involved and ensure that your budget reflects your organization's mission, strategic plan, and programmatic priorities. You'll walk away with a proven 10-step process you can use to craft budgets within your organization. Click here to register. 

July 12th:  Board Roles and Culture
This webinar explores different types of boards. Discussion highlights good governance and roles and responsibilities of nonprofit boards, including five questions that guide the work of a board.  Click here to register.

August 2nd:  Communication Through Dashboards
This webinar helps you create a variety of dashboards for your nonprofit. You will learn how to select information to include on your dashboard, and how dashboard reports can complement other important financial reports.
Click here to register.
Dept. of Labor's New Overtime Rules...

What:   What Nonprofits Need to Know About the Department of Labor's                 New Overtime Rules
When:  Thursday, August 4, 2016
Time:    10:00-11:30am
Where:  Philanthropy Center 
            425 Cedar Street, Waterkoo
Cost:     Free for CVNA Members; $25 for non-members

Do you need guidance about how the Department of Labor's recent changes to the overtime rules and the exemptions for salaried workers apply to your nonprofit organization and its budget? Join us for this training as Michael Staebell explains the impact of the recent rulings on the nonprofit sector, effective December 1, 2016, the applicability of these rules to your nonprofit organization and how you can begin to plan now for the potential impacts on your nonprofit's finances and staff. Come prepared for a question and answer segment at the end of the presentation.

Michael J. Staebell, Compliance Specialist (from Des Moines), will be here to discuss these new rules - you won't want to miss it.

In the meantime, here are a couple of articles to read on this issue, Compliance Bulletin and

Please click here to register for another great CVNA presentation.
Please Welcome New CVNA Members...

Please help the CVNA as we welcome another new member to our growing organization -- Upper Iowa University, Waterloo

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)
  • 72 member organizations
  • 5 investors
  • 1,208 program registrations
  • 75.5 hours of programming
  • 134 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
  • 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

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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 27th - Grant Gurus
  • August 4th - Level Up Your Grant Proposal Writing
  • August 4th - Dept. O f Labor's New Overtime Rules
  • September 20 - Use Data to Tell Your Story
  • 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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