Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 147
January 3, 2017
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Mark Your Calendars...
Here is a quick look at what's in-store for our members in 2017

Jan. 26         Grant Gurus      11:30-12:30        Philanthropy Center
Feb. 13         Explor-A-Ganza  3:45-5:00 p.m.   GBPAC
April 6          NP Luncheon      TBA
April 27        Grant Gurus       11:30-12:30        Philanthropy Center
June 1          Lean Experimentation 8-9:30 a.m. Philanthropy Center
June 22        Grant Gurus       11:30-12:30        Philanthropy Center
Aug. 3          Board Engagement  8-9:30 a.m.    CFNEIA
Sept. 28       Grant Gurus       11:30-12:30        Philanthropy Center
Oct. 5          Effective Meeting 8-9:30 a.m.        Philanthropy Center
                   Planning Design 
Dec. 1         Legislative Forum 8-9:30 a.m.       CFNEIA

As always, the most updated information can be found on our web-site.  
Member Spotlight...
We are a local non-profit corporation called Tri-County Child and Family Development Council, Inc., and we have the privilege of holding the Federal grant to implement the Federal Head Start program in Black Hawk, Buchanan, and Grundy counties in Iowa.  We are a single purpose agency, created more than 30 years ago to keep the Head Start program in our area, and our sole focus over this time has been to serve children and families in these counties.

Tri-County Child & Family Development is your partner in healthy child development.Established the same year as the National Head Start program, in 1965, Tri-County Child & Family works locally. Children and their parents cannot achieve their full potential if they struggle with day to day issues. Obstacles may include lack of access to medical care or a major family crisis. We empower families to help themselves by providing Building Blocks for Success: > Health Services > Social Services > Nutritious Meals > Parent Involvement > Early Childhood Education The parents are the first teachers, so we need to get to know the parents, aunts, uncles or whoever is raising the child. They know their child best so they can let us know what to expect, and what the goals are for the entire family. This is why we involve parents and other caregivers in decisions. Tri-County Child and Family Development programs serve families with children from birth through school age, as well as families expecting a child.

To read more on this great organization, please click here. 

Self Help International has been a valued member of the CVNA since 2012-- thank you for your continued support.
Grant Gurus...
Grant Gurus
Please join the Grant Guru group on 
Thursday, January 26, 2017
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Philanthropy Center  (325 Cedar Street/US Bank Bldg., 3rd floor)
Free Webinar Opportunities...

Free Upcoming Webinars to take advantage of....

January 24, 2017
12-1 p.m. CST
10 Steps of Budgeting

When:  Monday, February 13, 2017
Where: GBPAC Lobby
Time:  3:45-5:00 p.m.
Cost:   Free to CVNA members; $25 for non-members

Explor-A-Ganza is an excellent opportunity for you to meet UNI students to discuss internships, jobs, career & volunteer opportunities with your organization.  Organization profiles will be shared with students before the event.  The format of the event will consist of 'speed interviewing" with 5-6 rounds/rotations.  Each organization representative will meet with approximately 20 students.  Organizations can feel free to bring display materials along with handouts of any jobs, internship and/or volunteer opportunities.

Cookies and refreshments will be available throughout the event.

If you have further questions or would like to sign up your organization to participate, please email Julianne Gassman.
Idealware Webinar Series...
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.
Happy New Year...
The CVNA would like to wish all of you a very healthy and propersous...

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
  • 1,292 program registrations
  • 85 hours of programming
  • 148 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 149 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:  2017
  • January 26th - Grant Gurus
  • February 13th - Explor-A-Ganza
  • 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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