ALICE Project Presentation
Deann Cook, Director of the United Ways of Iowa will present on the ALICE report for 2018 on Thursday, August 2nd, from 8-9:30am, Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.

The United Way ALICE Report for Iowa is a look at the percentage of Iowa households that earn above the federal poverty level, but who are unable to meet a basic needs budget. More than one-third of Iowa households are in this population. They are in all the jobs we need to maintain our communities - health and childcare providers, cashiers, wait staff, retail clerks and customer service representatives - and dozens of additional job categories. They are working and earning and still struggling to survive.   The report helps us understand the challenges 
and opportunities faced by the people our communities rely on most.

To RSVP, please click here.  Free for member; $25 non-members.

Due to parking issues, the location for these events has been moved to the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa 3117 Greenhill Circle, Cedar Falls. 
IMMEDIATELY  FOLLOWING, please join us for...

Data and Stories
Presented by: Analytics expert Dr. Dale Lehman, Director of graduate Business Analytics programs at Loras College
Analytics touch every industry, from health care to agriculture. That's why success for your organization can come from unlikely sources of data.
Dr. Lehman will present engaging ideas and examples from current news topics showing  how a careful data analysis should happen before conclusions are drawn, as well as  how visualization fits into telling stories with data.  Brief information about Loras College's graduate analytics programs will also be shared. 
We hope you will join us for this engaging presentation on the rapidly growing and changing field of data analytics immediately following the ALICE program.  This presentation will take place from 9:35-10:00 a.m. Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.   Click here to register!
2nd Annual CVNA/AFP Collaboration

CVNA and AFP-NEIA co-hosted workshop:  The $73 Billion Ceda r Valley Opportunity on  Tuesday, October 9,  2018;  10:00AM -  1:00PM                     @ the  Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.

What if your organization had all the money it needed to do all the things it is designed to do for the community? Paraphrasing an old saying, whether you think it is possible or not, you're probably right.  There is a $73 billion opportunity in the Cedar Valley and it is right in front of you. Now is the time to act to help create a sustainable future for your organization. This isn't a fantasy, this is real. 

Planned giving focused workshop lead by Rob Hilbert, Iowa PublicTelevision Foundation. Will include roundtable discussions and lunch.  Free for all CVNA/AFP-NEIA members; Non-members $25 payable to "Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association". Limited space! RSVP  today. 

Volunteer Engagement Best Practices  

Lauren Finke, Niki Litzel and Kelsey Umthun recently attended the Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administrators Volunteer Engagement Conference and will lead a conversation about their favorite takeaways from the training. 

Come listen to best practices, new ideas, and unique ways to engage the community in your volunteer efforts on August 22, 2018 from 12- 1 p.m. at the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.  Please click here to RSVP. Free for members; $25 non-members.

Sector Solutions Powers of Research

Power of Research by Stanley Ebede, Community Engagement Research  Associate, University of Northern Iowa's Office of Community Engagement

When you hear the word 'research', what do you imagine? Whatis your first thought? Scientists experimenting with chemicalsand/or specimens in medical or clinical laboratories? Professors
and/or doctoral students working together to address most pressing issues? People who speak the research language? Generating new ideas or information? All these could be considered as an aspect of research. Research activities could be in a form of program evaluation, needs assessment or quality monitoring/improvement [ read more...]

We are seeking nominations for the following categories:

Gift of the Heart - Philanthropy
Gift of the Heart - Legacy
Gift of the Heart - Governance 
Gift of the Heart - Community Partnerships 
Gift of the Heart - Youth 
To read more descriptions on each category and to see a list of past recipients, please click here.

Nomination forms may be mailed or emailed by  September 7, 2018 to: 
AFP Northeast Iowa
PO Box 1111
Waterloo, IA 50704

Save the date for the luncheon being held on November 8th!

Nonprofit Survey Please 

We would like to invite you to participate in my doctoral dissertation research entitled "Non-profit Leader's Risk-Taking Propensity & Managerial Leadership Styles." The purpose of the study is to determine if there is a relationship between non-profit leader's risk taking propensity (RTP) and their managerial leadership styles (MLS). Furthermore, this study strives to contribute to advancing a research agenda focused on leadership characteristics in Nonprofit Organizations (NPOs).  Also, we seek your support in the distribution of a questionnaire to your colleagues in Cedar Valley who work for nonprofit organizations.
Please click on this link to the survey  Nonprofit Organizations (NPOs) .
The deadline to complete the survey is August 17, 2018.

Job Opportunity

Job Opportunity:  Development Director

The Development Director is a leadership position that shall be responsible for: Enhancing the public image and awareness of SHI, its mission and programs and increasing
financial support;Cultivating relationships with donors and friends [ read more and to apply...]
Special announcement: You're invited!

Nonprofits: You're Invited to the Second Annual
Cedar Valley GET A BEER* AND UNDO NONPROFIT POWER DYNAMICS DAY!   Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 from  4:30-6:00pm
SingleSpeed Brewing in Waterloo
Cedar Valley nonprofits and members of Metro Funders will come together for an informal, and unscripted, gathering. This idea, first created by nonprofit guru Vu Le, is being embraced by funders in the region. The idea is that funders and agency representatives can, as Le says "see each other as human beings, and help decrease the power dynamics so present in our sector." There's only one rule: no agendas!
Last year's event was a lot of fun, so we're bringing it back again. Please stop by, meet and mingle with funders and nonprofit representatives, enjoy some appetizers provided by Metro Funders, and grab your own BEER (which stands for "Beverage to Enhance Equity in Relationships," and does not have to be alcoholic).   You can read Le's original proposal on his blog,  Nonprofit AF .   Hope too  s ee you  September 11 !

Learning Opportunity

We look forward to seeing you at the Nonprofit Institute on  October 11th, 2018  from  9:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Des Moines Public Library located at 1000 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309. 

The Nonprofit Learning Lab approaches all our trainings with an understanding that nonprofit professionals have a base of knowledge and are seeking out additional information and guidance to more effectively operate in their roles. We provide trainings that offer practical strategies to help nonprofits be more effective in their overall management.  Hear what past participants have to say about our trainings [read more...]


The Job Foundation celebrates their 12 year anniversary and the 120 students that they serve are continuing to outperform their peers in the classroom. Their students have 26% higher GPA's, 56% fewer behavioral problems in school, and miss 34% fewer days of school.

In order to continue advancing on such exceptionally great efforts they have an exciting fundraiser entitiled "Valleyopoly". It is a customized monopoly board game, that reflects local businesses in the Cedar Valley.   You have the opportunity from now until  August 10th  to pre-order board games @ SUBMIT PRE-ORDER FORM to give as gifts for the holiday to your family, friends, clients, or employees. Additionally, you can either sponsor a table or buy individual tickets to their fall kickoff event on  Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  at the Sunnyside Country Club.

Just as their organization's motto is "All Children Achieving Financial Success", the motive of this game is that the winner will have best managed their finances by having the most properties and money. 

If you have any other questions or comments please contact Darvel Givens, their Communications Specialist. For more info about The Job Foundation, please visit

Keep up-to-date with what's going on with our State Representatives & Legislative team (not all represented)

Walt Rogers           Iowa Capital Report
Sandy Salmon        Ras Smith
Bob Kressig         

 In our first 5 years we have: (continually being updated)
  • 81 member organizations
  • 6 investors
  • 1,666 program registrations
  • 183 hours of programming
  • 189 e-newsletters
  • Grantwriting Power Hour
  • 210 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
  • Developed a new website 2017
  • Created Seal of Distinction & nternship Program
Check out the other benefits of membership  HERE    If you are interested in joining CVNA, you can access our application form online 

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