Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 159
June 5, 2017
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Marketing Meet-Up...

Bring your lunch and join us at The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa's Community room from  noon to 1 p.m.  on  Thursday, June 8  for another Marketing Meet Up. Zach Everman and Devin Harschnek, creative producers from Pixel Labs in Cedar Falls, will be joining us to talk about video production. Topics will include:
  • Basics of video production
  • Resources you can use to learn more
  • Inexpensive video and audio recording gear suggestions
  • Brief social media strategy for video
To see some of Pixel Lab's work, go to  www.thepixellab.co.
We hope you can join us to learn from these two industry professionals. 

Marketing Meet Up events are free for CVNA members. Non-member may attend one session for free, and $25 per session after that.   Click here to RSVP.  
C lick here 
to learn how to become a CVNA member.
You're Invited! 
The Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association invites you to attend its  5th Anniversary party on Wednesday, June 14 from 5-6:30 pm at the Island Park Boat House in Cedar Falls.  Join with other members of the area's nonprofit sector to celebrate our accomplishments and look ahead at what's to come. 

We'll have  hors d'oeuvres and drinks, including beer and wine. A brief program will take place at 5:45, and will include some exciting announcements.
CVNA member organizations--both staff and board members--are invited to attend. Be a part of this milestone event!  Please click this link to RSVP for this fun celebration.
2017 Volunteer Engagement Summit...
Cool opportunity
The 2017 National Summit on Volunteer Engagement Leadership
Think about your special events, your programs, and your board of directors... How important are volunteers to your organization? If they are important, consider attending this 3-day summit hosted by the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration
July 26-28, 2017 
St. Paul, MN
It will be the first national convening of volunteer engagement professionals and members of the philanthropic community, and if you recruit, engage, and/or manage volunteers, then you should be at the table to help shape the discussion.
Advance your own knowledge and skills while helping to discover how we can build a new national presence for leaders of volunteer engagement, tackle the issues that affect our work, and ultimately improve our community impact.
For CVNA members only!
Scholarships Available for the 2017 National Summit on Volunteers
The CVNA and the Leighty Fund of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa are providing four scholarships (each up to $750) to attend the  2017 National Summit on Volunteer Engagement Leadership in St. Paul .  The scholarship funds can be used for travel, registration and/or hotel.  
In addition, upon return from the Summit, the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley will convene attendees for a local summit to share tools, techniques, and information from the conference in hopes to further the development of volunteer engagement resources.
Funds will be awarded to organizations that can best demonstrate their desire and ability to improve the use of volunteers in their organization and the organization's interest in helping the Cedar Valley improve volunteer development.
The deadline to apply for funding is June 20.  Apply here.    
Community Events...
North Star Community Services presents:  "My Son Pinocchio"

When:  June 7, 2017 at  10:30 am  or  7:00 pm
Where: Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Cost:   Admission is FREE and everyone is encouraged to attend
The show features a huge ensemble cast of North Star actors and community volunteers.  Don't miss the retelling of the classic Disney story from Geppetto's perspective, as he journeys beyond the toyshop to discover the true meaning of family and the joy of becoming a father
CVNA & AFP Workshop...

CVNA and AFP-Northeast Iowa chapter are hosting a workshop for fundraising and grant-writing professionals. Mark your calendars and watch for more details to come!

Wednesday, September 20
UNI-CUE: 800 Sycamore St. Waterloo

Cost: Free for CVNA and AFP-Northeast Iowa members. All others are welcome to register for $25.  Please register by September 19, 2017.

Please click here to RSVP for this great workshop.
Member Spotlight...


To read more on this great organization and to see all the fun events scheduled, please 
click here.

Community Main Street has been a valued member of the CVNA since 2016-- thank you for your continued support.
Job Opportunities...

Job Title:  Driver/Warehouse

The Pickup and Delivery Driver's primary duties include driving Food Bank vehicles for the purposes of picking up donations and delivering products to agencies and programs. Additional duties will include, but not be limited to, warehouse functions.

High School Diploma or equivalent, valid Iowa driver's license and a minimum 2 years of employment with responsibility similar to Food Bank position required.  

Please click here for more information on position and on how to apply for this position.
Summertime Reading Opportunities...

Free Webinar Opportunities...

Free Webinar on Strategic Planning
Date:Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
This is an advanced webinar designed for nonprofit leaders who want to take their financial management skills to the next level. In this webinar, you will learn about analytical tools to assist in understanding your organization's current financial position and current business model, different techniques and approaches to having practical conversations critical to organizational decision-making, and factors to consider when scenario planning and multi-year budgeting.   Register for this free training

Allison Wagstrom:  Allison enjoys helping others find confidence in their own financial abilities especially when they say, "I'm not a finance person." She believes that financial understanding results in a stronger nonprofit community which is poised to meet the needs of our state.

Did You Know...
Did you know as a member of the CVNA your organization can:
  • advertise job postings 
  • advertise upcoming announcements or events
  • have all employees within your organization attend our workshops at no additional cost. In addition they can receive all bi-weekly newsletters (just send me their email addresses)
  • and much more...
Please don't forget to register for our 5 year Celebration on June 14, 2017 to celebrate all of you!  Thank you for your continued support of the CVNA!
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 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


Please click here for the most updated information on Ras Smith

We Don't Want You To Miss A Thing!

Have you renewed or joined yet?  Don't miss out on our upcoming programs and networking opportunities!


 In our first 5 years we have: (continually being updated)
  • 75 member organizations
  • 6 investors
  • 1,413program registrations
  • 89 hours of programming
  • 159 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 168 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 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. 

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CVNA Meeting Dates
CVNA is pleased to announce the topics of our upcoming education events for the year ahead:  2017
  • June 8th - Marketing Meet-Up
  • June 14 - CVNA 5 Year Celebration
  • June 22nd - Grant Gurus
  • August 3rd - Board Engagement
  • September 20th - CVNA/AFP Workshop
  • September 28th - Grant Gurus
  • October 5th - Effective Meeting Planning Design
  • December 1st - Legislative Forum
There will also be some added"special training" presentations for 2017 so for  the most updated
information please visit our resources section and stay tuned to our web-site for additional information.
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