Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 137
July 25, 2016
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

CVNA Member Spotlight...

Mission Statement  North Star Community Services empowers each person to realize potential, pursue dreams, and enjoy life.

We are a local, private, non-profit rehabilitative services agency providing adult day services, employment services, and supported community living services so individuals with disabilities are better able to live enriched lives in our communities with our programs:  Adult Day Services, Organizational Employment Services and Supported Community Living Services.

How You Can Benefit:
  • A person with a disability can realize their potential and pursue their dream of living and/or working in the community.
  • Caregivers can take a break while their loved one stays active, socializes with peers, and has a fun and interesting day in a safe and caring place.
  • We are person-centered. We listen and put the individual's and family's needs and concerns first.
  • Services can begin immediately following initial intake.
  • Our contract work for businesses is guaranteed and saves your company time and money.
  • Fees for services are reasonable. There are also many sources of funding assistance available for those who need it.
  • We offer high quality, fully accredited, and licensed services.
For information on this great organization, please 
click here.
North Star Community Services, Inc. has been a member of CVNA since 2012-- thank you for your continued support!
Christmas in July...

Job Openings...

Job Title:  Community Resource Coordinator

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required. Must be an effective communicator, organized, and show integrity. Ability to speak: in public, work with all types of people, and remain calm under pressure. Must have a passion for fulfilling the mission of The Salvation Army and must be articulate in presenting same to others; either one on one or in group meetings. The Waterloo Corps will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Title:  Housing Services Coordinator

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

A Bachelor's degree in social work from an accredited college or university or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Knowledge of and/or experience in community outreach, human services and community improvement. Ability to collaborate on complex social issues within families and communities.

Job Title:  Housing Services Assistant

The Housing Assistant is responsible for the direct care of the clients who use the Emergency Shelter services. These services include providing a safe, secure environment for individuals and families while they complete a goals plan to lead to self-sufficiency.

High School diploma or equivalent knowledge of or willingness to attend training in chemical dependency, mental health, crisis intervention, and CPR/AED.

For more information on each job posting and how to apply for these positions, please click here.

Job Title:  Program Coordinator

The Program Coordinator for Wise Guys program is part of a team of professionals working to prevent child abuse and strengthen families. As a team member this position is responsible for specific programs that involve professionals from community partners, volunteers and Family & Children's Council.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in Human Services or related field, experience working with at-risk families/populations for two years, experience in facilitating groups for two years, experience collaborative working environments and considerable knowledge of the theories of human and social behavior, with emphasis on
family and child welfare.

Please send resumes to:  Family and Children's Council 2051 Kimball Avenue, Waterloo, Iowa 50702 or by email to Anesa Kajtazovic.  
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.
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 - 11:30 a.m.
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 Guidance for Nonprofit Organizations on Paying Overtime. 

Please click here to register for another great CVNA presentation.
Using Data To Tell Your Story...

Using Data To Tell Your Story
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
8:30-11:30 a.m.
At CFNEIA's Community Room (3117 Greenhill Circle, Cedar Falls)

Cost:  $15 for Members; $40 non-members

In this half-day workshop, Leah Goldstein Moses of The Improve Group (St. Paul, MN) will guide you on how you can use data to tell your story and engage your stakeholders. Through evaluation, we can learn, identify opportunities to improve, and share data with others. Evaluation also has untapped potential to help you engage people in supporting your mission - by incorporating their perspectives in your programs and giving them great stories to relate to. 

Designed for all nonprofit professionals, including those working in development, grant writing, program management, and marketing, as well as for board members, this hands-on workshop will engage you from beginning to end. Participants can expect lots of examples and a comprehensive list of ways to collect data, plus time for networking, inactive activities, and take away items. 

Leah Goldstein Moses is the Founder and CEO of The Improve Group, an international firm focused on evaluation, research and strategic planning. Over the last two decades, she has helped local, community-based organizations, statewide agencies, and multi-national nonprofits uncover information and improve their programs. She teaches and speaks on evaluation for audiences across the country.

Please click here to register for another great CVNA presentation.
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)
  • 74 member organizations
  • 5 investors
  • 1,208 program registrations
  • 75.5 hours of programming
  • 137 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 134 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 (advertise job postings Nationwide)
  • 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
  • July 26th - UNI Strategic Planning Listening Session
  • 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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