Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 138
August 8, 2016
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

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.
CVNA Member Spotlight...

Mission Statement: The mission of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank is to provide nutritious food and grocery products to nonprofit organizations and individuals in Northeast Iowa, while offering hunger education programs to the community and those in need.

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank works with approximately 200 member agencies to distribute food throughout 16 counties. 

Over 30 Years of Service in Northeast IowaHow we got our start is where we are today.  The Northeast Iowa Food Bank didn't start as the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.  In 1981, several community members got together and decided there was enough need in the area to start a food pantry.  The Francis Grout School had closed and permission was granted to run the pantry out of one room in the old school house.  The Cedar Valley Food Bank was incorporated and a board of 24 directors was elected in July.
Management was by a team made up of Paul Koch from Black Hawk Lutheran Ministry, Jeff Fitzpatrick from the County Relief Office, and Ruth Toney from Operation Threshold.  In March of 1982, Ruth was hired as Executive Director of the Cedar Valley Food Bank.  As for staff, she was it!  There were a total of 8 volunteers, of which Edith and Elmer Rasmussen were the first, Rachael Goings came on board as Ruth's "right-hand man," and eventually Edith's sister Bessie Ross decided she wanted to help. 
The Cedar Valley Food Bank served 1,200 households during that first period of approximately 8 months. 
In 1986, the emergency box component of the program had served 11,000 households...29,000 people...with 335,000 meals made up of more than a million and a half pounds of food...all in metropolitan Black Hawk County.  The staff now numbered six and 178 volunteers had given their effort this year.  The other component of the agency lead to our affiliation with the National Second Harvest movement, making the Cedar Valley Food Bank a wholesale distributor to other emergency food and feeding agencies in northeast Iowa.  Growing from 18 member agencies to 100 and receiving just under a million and a half pounds of food through the CVFB during 1985-1986.  A total of 3 million pounds of food through the two programs. 
Despite the unfortunate circumstances and need in Black Hawk County, a wonderful organization was formed.  It started out...it stayed alive...and the community has responded with an outpouring of support and an enormous expression of confidence.  Many elements of the community have participated in making it happen:  County Government, City Government, the School District, State Government.  They've all been supportive as have United Way and many businesses, churches, organizations, and individuals.  The food pantry evolved into a Food Bank, which now distributes millions of pounds of food to over 200 agencies through 16 Northeast Iowa counties.  Programs such as Kids Cafe, the BackPack Program (formerly Operation Family Pack), Elderly Nutrition Boxes, Mobile Food Pantries, Chef Charles, and Pick-A-Better Snack also evolved to meet the growing needs of a growing community.  Without the support of grants, government assistance, the United Way, individuals, businesses, churches, and shared maintenance fees, the Food Bank would not still be operating. 
The harsh reality is that hunger will never be eliminated, but can definitely be alleviated. 

For information on this great organization, please click here.
NortheastIowa Foodbank has been a member of CVNA since 2012-- thank you for your continued support!
Job Openings...

Job Title:  Director of Marketing an Research

Cedar Valley United Way seeks a creative and innovative professional to develop and implement key marketing and research strategies that communicate the organization's impact to the Cedar Valley Community. 

This position serves as CVUW's primary liaison with media, and provides expertise in writing, editing and copywriting. This position also conducts ongoing community research that targets specific populations as well as the general public for both marketing content purposes, and to provide
quality feedback and information to the community impact process.

The position requires excellent communication, organization and time management skills as well as the ability to work with diverse groups including organized labor, community leaders, minority groups, etc.  
A bachelor's degree in Business, Marketing, Media, Graphic Arts or Social Science and at least 2 years' experience in communications or marketing field, with experience in website design and maintenance and
multimedia is preferred. Salary is commensurate with experience and background. 

Send cover letter and resume with compensation expectation no later than August 31, 2016 to Debbie Roth, Sr. Director of Community Impact, Cedar Valley United Way, 425 Cedar St., Suite 300, Waterloo, IA 50701.

Job Title:  Affiliate Development Director

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa is looking for a dynamic individual seeking to make a positive difference in Iowa communities for its Affiliate Development position.

This candidate must be a fundraising leader who possesses a passion for cultivating relationships with existing and potential donors to help them meet their philanthropic goals through gift planning and endowment building options.  The Affiliate Development Director is also key in nurturing partnerships with CFNEIA's network of local volunteers, and must have the ability to collaborate with individuals, buinesses, nonprofits and community leaders to help grow the impact of CFNEIA and its 24 affiliate community foundations. 

Tis position requires up to 50% travel within the North and East regions of Iowa.  The ideal candidate must be self-motivated and have previous nonprofit fundraising experience and demonstrate abilities contributing to fund development including planned giving knowledge, major gift experience and excellent communication skills.  

Please visit our careers web-site to read a full job description and find details on how to apply.

Job Title:  Development Director

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa seeks a full-time candidate for the position of Development Director. This new position has primary responsibility for planning and executing the agency's fundraising events in our six-county service area. The Development Director will assist the Executive Director in major gift strategy sessions for past and current donors, helping the agency identify and implement strategic engagement opportunities. Supporting elements for this position include event marketing and publicity, donor stewardship, gift entry and acknowledgement, database management and donor research.

The Development Director will be part of the staff team working from the Black Hawk County office in Waterloo. A Bachelor's degree is required for this position as well as 2-5 years of progressive event planning experience and success. 

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information of three professional references to [email protected] or Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa, 2530 University Ave #8, Waterloo, IA 50701. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 15, 2016. No walk-ins or phone calls please.
Foundation for Giving Opportunity...


The Storey Kenworthy Foundation for Giving Grant Program exists to provide selected non-profit organizations in the State of Iowa, with financial assistance to further their programming for the betterment of our local communities.  We seek to support organizations whose mission align with our core giving priorities and demonstrate fiscal and social responsibility through quantifiable. 

The Storey Kenworthy Foundation for Giving awards (4) $2500 grants per calendar year within the scope of our core giving priorities:  Veterans Affairs, Medical Research, and Children & Education. Grants will be awarded on an annual basis. Timeframe for submission of application is August 31, 2016.

For more information on this grant opportunity, please click here.
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
  • 1,258 program registrations
  • 79 hours of programming
  • 138 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 136 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

If you have any questions, please email CVNA Coordinator at 
Share your good news with the CVNA and be featured in future e-newsletters.   Have you implemented an innovative idea?  Are you hiring?  Have you created or updated your website?  Are you hosting an event?   Let the CVNA spread the word. 

To submit an item for the next newsletter, click on the
submit news page.  Please note that only member organizations who have submitted membership applications may post items.  The newsletter is published every two weeks.




CVNA Meeting Dates
CVNA is pleased to announce the topics of our upcoming education events for the year ahead: 2016
  • September 13 - 2nd Annual UNI Town Hall Meeting
  • 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.
Quick Links
LIKE us on Facebook
Our Investors

Jean Trainor

The Guernsey Foundation
Visit Our Website!