Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 151
February 13, 2017
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Job Openings...
Job Title:   Local College Access Network Project Assistant

Part time contract position providing organization and coordination of the Local College Access Network (LCAN) in Bremer County. LCANs are community-based college access alliances supported by a team of community and education leaders representing K-12, higher education, the nonprofit sector, government, business, and philanthropy. These coalitions are committed to building a college-going culture and dramatically increasing college readiness, participation, and completion rates within their community. 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to: director@wsrunitedway.org. All materials must be submitted electronically.

Job Title:  Business Administrator

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.   Must be an effective communicator, organized, and show integrity. Must be able 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. The Waterloo Corps will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Management, or closely related field. CPA preferred but not required.  For more detailed information and to apply for this great opportunity please click here.

Job Title:  Proposal Writer

Prepares persuasive and articulate funding proposals and grant applications for corporations, private foundations or individuals to assist UNI Advancement Development staff in successfully raising funds for UNI; provides writing support for other corporate and foundation and development print and electronic communication needs;  supports reporting and stewardship communication needs associated with funded with corporate and foundation proposals; and reviews and identifies appropriate external funding opportunities.

Please click here to read more information/apply for this position. 


Job Title:  Campaign Director

Cedar Valley United Way seeks an individual coordinate the workplace campaigns.  This position will establish relationships with donors, volunteers and community members.  This position will also lead event planning.
Excellent communication, relationship building, interpersonal, and strategic planning skills are required.  A Bachelor's degree and 2 years' experience in resource development, sales or marketing is preferred.  Salary is commensurate with experience and background.  Competitive benefit package is included.  Please state if full or part time is desired as both may be an option.
Send cover letter and resume to Sheila.baird@cvuw.org with subject line "Campaign Director"
CVNA Updates..
  • Please stay tuned for changes to our Web-site.  CVNA is currently under construction for a new and updated look - stay tuned.  You can still use the web-site as there wil not be any interruption to service.
  • Marketing Meet-Up met last week and had 32 people in attendance  Thank you to all who attended.  We will be sending out information or future meetings.  In the meantime, please enjoy these pictures.  
  • Did you know we are on Facebook?  Please take the time to like our page and read up-to-date information.
Research Proposals...

Research Proposal

UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is seeking organizations for proposals to engage students in a research project regarding the work of the organization, with a special focus on one or more of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance's core competencies (see next page for details).

  • UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is seeking organizations for proposals to engage students in a research project regarding the work of the organization, with a special focus on one or more of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance's core competencies (see next page for details).
  • ● Research conducted could potentially result in publication and/or a presentation.
    ● Research is to be completed by December 2017.
For more details, please click here.
Things Happening Around the Cedar Valley...

The Cedar Valley
Nonprofit Awards
The Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

The University of Northern Iowa's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association hosts the annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon to recognize the contributions of local nonprofits and nonprofit leaders.
Awards are available for individuals and for organizations.

The categories include:
Business Partner of the Year
Nonprofit Staff Leader of the Year
Nonprofit Board Member of the Year
Koob Award for Collaboration
Gordon Mack Award for Student Leadership
Legacy Award
New Nonprofit Employee of the Year
Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year
The New Nonprofit Employee of the Year will receive a year membership to the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association. The organization recognized as the Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year will receive a cash gift of $1,000 sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa in recognition for their outstanding efforts.  

To nominate a nonprofit professional, please submit  this form no later than Wednesday, March 1st. 
Member Spotlight...

Mission:   The Waterloo Center for the Arts stimulates inquiry, provokes dialogue and connects people through the arts.

History of the Waterloo Center for the Arts:
Arts programming began in 1922 under the direction of the Waterloo Recreation Commission. A temporary facility housed programs from 1947 to 1966 when programming was moved into a new Recreation and Arts facility. At first the name of Waterloo Municipal Galleries and later Waterloo Museum of Art incorporated all arts programs under the Recreation and Arts Commission. In December of l998, that Commission was dissolved; the new Cultural and Arts Commission formed and determined advisory by city ordinance. At that time, the Recreation and Arts Center building was rededicated as the Waterloo Center for the Arts. This has been an exciting change for the arts in this community. The Center for the Arts houses not only the Center's arts programs, but also the Waterloo Community Playhouse, Black Hawk Children's Theatre, Waterloo Municipal Band, Metropolitan Chorale, and serves as the meeting, presentation and performance facilities for approximately 50 other community and cultural organizations.
To read more on this great organization, please  click here.  

The Waterloo Center for the Arts has been a valued member of the CVNA since 2012-- thank you for your continued support.
Webinar Opportunities...
Technology Planning for Nonprofits
Five weeks in January
Regular/Discount: $215/$170

Session starts Thursday, January 5, 2017 and runs each Thursday thru February 2, 2017.  All webinars start at 12:00 p.m. CST
Does your technology need major upgrades? Where do you start and how do you get the job done on time and on budget? This course will help you spot your organization's critical technology needs and develop a practical plan for improving your technology infrastructure--even if you don't have a technology background.
Over five weeks you'll view eLearning modules that cover common nonprofit technology needs and complete worksheets designed to help you make key decisions. Then, once a week, our expert trainer will work with you to answer your questions and build on your knowledge. You'll also have opportunities to share your experiences with your peers and learn from them.
Throughout this course, you will:
  • Learn about the tactical planning process and pick up tips for getting started at your organization.
  • Review nonprofit infrastructure needs including office hardware, data backup, software, and staff IT support.
  • Consider data management technology and best practices.
  • Think through the mix of communications at your organization and how to get real value from your communications work.
  • Gain insights and feedback from your trainer that address your unique needs.
  • Share ideas and experiences and learn from your peers.
  • Prioritize your technology needs and develop a long-term plan for implementing them.
Remember as a member of the CVNA yu can take advantage of these webinar series at the discounted rates by signing in on their web-site and putting in CVNA2016.

Free Upcoming Webinars to take advantage of....

February 28, 2017
12-1 p.m. CST                          
Managing Cash Flow for Nonprofits
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 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
  • 1,350 program registrations
  • 86 hours of programming
  • 151 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 155 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. 

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:  2017
  • April 6th - NP Luncheon 
  • April 27th - Grant Gurus
  • June 1st - Lean Experimentation
  • June 22nd - Grant Gurus
  • August 3rd - Board Engagement
  • 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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