Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 141
September 19, 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 - Tomorrow 9/20 2016...

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

This Presentation is Tomorrow - Don't Miss Out!!!!

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.
DOL Overtime Rule Changes...
Human Resources Technical Assistance? Need your job  descriptions reviewed?  Need advice on how to cope with changes in overtime?Members of CVNA You have an opportunity to receive an hour of one-on-one private and confidential consultation with Michael J. Staebell, Compliance Specialist, Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C.; District Director (retired) USDOL Wage and Labor Division.  

Mike will be in the Cedar Valley on October 5, 2016.  An appointment is necessary and can be made by contacting Holly.  The first appointment will be at 9 a.m.  The discounted CVNA member cost will be $75 per hour.

Meetings will be held at the Philanthropy Center.  This event is being offered as a follow-up to CVNA's New Overtime Ruling presentation from August 4, 2016.
Grant Gurus...
The next Grant Gurus will be meeting on September 22, 2016 from 11:30 a,m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Philanthropy Center (3rd floor US Bank Bldg., Waterloo).
Grant Gurus
Mark your calendars to attend this fun round table discussion.  We hope to see you all there!   
2nd Annual Town Hall Meeting...
        Community Engagement 
        October 4, 2016
        9-11:30 a.m.
        Commons SLife Ballroom - UNI Campus
        Sponsored by CVNA

Due to unforeseen scheduling circumstances, UNI's Town Hall on Community Engagement has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 4th.

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. 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.

For more information visit http://www.uni.edu/engagement

For question about the event please contact Kristina Kofoot at kofootk@uni.edu or call (319) 273-4507.
Community Events...
Trick or Trot 5k & 1-Mile Fun Run
Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM 
Lou Henry Elementary School, Waterloo
A run so fun it's scary!

Whether you are a serious runner or a Halloween fanatic, the "Trick or Trot 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run" has something for the whole family. This is a great chance to get some exercise and enjoy fun fall activities! Highlights include:
* Chip-Timed Race (5k only)
* Games* Face Painting
* Costume Contest* Pumpkin Decorating

Participants are strongly encouraged to walk or run in their favorite costume.
What are you waiting for?  Register today!  


Join us for some fun with Night of The Horse on September 24, 2016 at 7 p.m.  featuring Tommie Turvey & Raccoon River  Riders.  This event will take place at McElroy Auditorium (207 Ansborough Avenue, Waterloo).

Fr tickets cost and information, please click here.
Current Job Openings...
YMCA of Black Hawk County is looking for a new CEO

The future of the Family YMCA of Black Hawk County is a bright one to be led by a visionary capable of steadfast dedication to the three pillars of the YMCA: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
The Y is seeking a leader who will guide this YMCA into the future; enhance the membership; catapult fundraising efforts, create a culture of excellence within the YMCA; build strong relationships and collaborations in the communities they serve, and further position this YMCA as an indispensable community asset as the largest membership-based, community service organization in the area.
The Y benefits from strong volunteer leadership with Board make up from professionals from across the Black Hawk County area. The Y is well positioned to continue and expand its efforts to make an impact throughout the area.
The Y is looking for a candidate to possess (not limited to) the following key areas:
  • Develop and Manage the Staff Team
  • Advocate our Vision and Increase Awareness
  • Provide Strong Fiscal Leadership and Strategic Fundraising Platform
  • Improve Operating Performance
  • Review, Update and Implement Strategic Plan
For full job responsibilities and information on how to apply for this great employment opportunity, please click here. Deadline to apply, September 30, 2016.

Questions about this CEO search process may be directed to
Questions about this particular YMCA may be directed to Leighann Sibal

The Cedar Valley Sports Commission is currently seeking applicants for the position of Executive

Director. Candidates should be self-starters with the ability to set and meet goals. The Executive Director is responsible for growing the sports travel market within the Greater Cedar Valley; maintaining relationships with established events and sponsors; growing the Commission budget
through increased fundraising; working with partner organizations; and representing the Commission at local, state and national events.

The Executive Director will work closely with local organizations to market the area as a premier sports destination. Applicants must have previous sales and fundraising experience. Knowledge of the sports and travel industries is preferred. In addition the ability to work with a board and independently is preferred.

Resume, cover letter and references, along with any applicable materials should be sent to: Cedar Valley Sports Commission, Attn: Search Committee, PO Box 4166, Waterloo, IA 50704 or emailed to
Applications received by October 14 will receive first consideration.

Job Title: Receiving and Inventory Control Coordinator

The Receiving & Inventory Control Coordinator will be an integral part of the operations of the Food Bank by receiving and maintaining product to then be sent out to those who are hungry in northeast Iowa.

BA degree in an affiliated field Experience: Must have skills and experience related to inventory and database systems.

For a full job description and how to apply, please click here.
Hunger Action Month...
If you have not heard, September is Hunger Action Month! 

What is that you ask? Here at the NEIFB and food banks across the nation, we believe that hunger IS solvable and we're leading the fight to end it. We are asking everyone in America to take action to fight hunger in their community, all month long.  Whether it's by advocating and raising awareness, volunteering or donating, our communities can find the way that's right for us to make a difference during Hunger Action Month. Together, we can solve hunger.
A few steps in how you can help the Food Bank lead the way this month in northeast Iowa. 
  • Take the attached calendar and take action against hunger every day. 
  • Like the NEIFB on social media and follow what we are doing all month long.
  • Thursday, September 8th is Hunger Action Day!  On this day, we need everyone to wear orange. Take a picture, post on your face book and tag the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.
  • Volunteer at the Food Bank
  • One Day Food Drive(s):  Macaroni Monday/ Tuna Tuesday or any food drive that has employees involved with bringing food to donate.
  • Have a $5.00 Jean Day - Fund Drive - donate that to the Food Bank 

Note, for every $1.00 we can provide 4 meals to someone in need.  Visit one of the restaurants that supports the Food Bank during the month of September

*  Pizza Ranch (Monday sept 19th)
*  Newton's (Tuesday sept 27th)
Help us educate and advocate for those who need our help. 
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
  • 1,278 program registrations
  • 82 hours of programming
  • 141 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 140 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
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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 20 - Use Data to Tell Your Story
  • September 22nd - Grant Gurus
  • October 4th - 2nd Annual UNI Town Hall Meeting 

  • 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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