Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 139
August 22, 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.
Free Webinar...
        True Program Costs 
        September 21, 2016
        12-pm Central Time

Learn how to calculate indirect expenses to determine true program costs. This webinar explores what expenses can be billed directly and what must be allocated, as well as acceptable methods for cost allocation.

Presenter:  Curtis Klotz, CPA
2nd Annual Town Hall Meeting...
        Community Engagement 
        September 13, 2016
        9-11:30 a.m.
        Commons SLife Ballroom - UNI Campus

Nonprofit Community leaders are invited to meet UNI faculty, staff and students to create partnerships that will build capacity for their organizations, mission, programs and services. UNI Faculty, staff and students are invited to meet nonprofit community leaders to create partnerships that will support faculty research and scholarship, build service-learning opportunities to complement classroom instruction, and introduce students to service projects.

For question about the event please contact Kristina Kofoot at kofootk@uni.edu or call (319) 273-4507.
CVNA Member Spotlight...

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. Through the development of a network of sites, programs and events, SSNHA's mission is to interpret farm life, agribusiness
and rural communities-past and present.

Mission Statement: Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area preserves and tells the story of American agriculture and its global significance through partnerships and activities that celebrate the land, people, and communities of the area.

The Challenge:  In the Silos & Smokestacks region, the heritage of America's agricultural revolution still exists but it needs preservation and interpretation. American agriculture is one of the primary sources of this country's wealth and world leadership. Our challenge is to convey the breadth and scope of this story in a compelling, meaningful way.

To read more information on this great organization, please click here.
Silos and Smokestacks has been a member of CVNA since 2012-- thank you for your continued support!
Job Openings...

Job Title:  Pantry Service Manager  

The Pantry Services Manager is responsible for coordination, development and implementation of the daily operations of the Cedar Valley Food Pantry. The Pantry Services Manager will screen clients for eligibility for services through the CVFP in accordance with Food Pantry, Food Bank, Feeding America and USDA guidelines.  In addition, this position oversees the implementation of how clients receive and what they receive.  

Minimum two years experience working in a direct customer or client service role, with human services or other non-profit experience preferred. 

To apply, send resume, cover letter, salary requirement and three references to adminassistant@feedingamerica.org
Internship Opportunity...
The YMCA of Black Hawk County is looking for a Development and Communications Intern.

The Black Hawk County YMCA is seeking an intern who enjoys communication and fundraising activities.  Under direct supervision of the Development and Communication Director, the intern will help further
the mission of the YMCA. This includes developing and implementing campaigns, promotional ideas, events and public awareness activities. Candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills, be detailed oriented and interested in fundraising activities.

For more information on this opportunity, please contact Cheryl Meller
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
  • 139 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 137 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
  • 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.
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