Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 160
June 19, 2017
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Grant Gurus this Thursday...
Please join the Grant Gurus group as Beth Knipp with the Black Hawk  Gaming  Association with be there to discuss funding priorities as well as what the committee looks for in a submitted proposal.

Thursday, June 22, 2017 Grant Gurus
11:30am - 12:30pm
Philanthropy Center, 3rd floors US Bank Bldg.,  Waterloo
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.
CVNA 5 Year Social - Thank You...
A special thank you to everyone who attended our 5 Year Celebration Social last week.  Food, drinks, mingling and the presentation made this evening a memorable event. One of our announcements was the unveiling of our new website - -  

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.    
Member Spotlight...
Visiion: A world without Alzheimer's disease.

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.  The Alzheimer's Association has been recognized as a top large nonprofit to work for by The  NonProfit Times, the leading information provider for the nonprofit sector.

The Alzheimer's Association works on a global, national and local level to provide care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias. As the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research, the Association is committed to accelerating the global progress of new treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure.  Visit our  online Research Center.

The Alzheimer's Association was founded in 1980 by a group of family caregivers and individuals interested in research. Jerome H. Stone was our founding president.  Today, the Association reaches millions of people affected by Alzheimer's across the globe through our headquarters in Chicago, a public policy office in Washington, D.C., and a presence in communities across the country.  We are the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.

To read more on this great organization and to see all that they have to offer,  please  click here.

Alzheimer's Association East Iowa Chapter has been a valued member of the CVNA since 2016-- thank you for your continued support.
Sack Lunch Program Is Back...

Everyone has to eat lunch, right? Why not eat lunch and support a worthy cause? Get you and at least seven of your friends together for lunch on  June 22nd  or 23rd and have the NEIFB deliver your lunch to your place of business. Deadline to order is  June 16th

Job Opportunities...

Job Title:  Director of Philanthropy

LSI is seeking a mission-driven professional who will raise funds to increase our community impact for some of the most vulnerable children, families and individuals in Iowa. We are in search of a candidate who has both a strong passion or interest in changing lives through compassionate service and who has strong experience in relationship-based fundraising, primarily in securing gifts from individuals or families.

Candidates must be highly self-motivated, goal-oriented and collaborative in a team environment. Preferred candidates will have a successful background in securing major gifts and planned gifts from individuals, b achelor's degree and minimum of two years experience in development (professional fundraising experience) or related field such as sales or marketing. 

Job Title:  Data Analyst

We are looking for a person with the passion for using data and technology to improve the lives of others.  Collaborate with other departments to analyze data and develop visualizations, metrics, and dashboards to support business goals *Create and manage data sets to support the rapid development of agency metrics and dashboards, c reate and manage descriptive metadata for data sets used for business intelligence, m aintain and update ETL processes that move and transform data into different data stores, c reate or consume web service APIs to enhance reporting capabilities and m aintain Ubuntu Linux servers and existing Ruby on Rails applications.

Strong verbal and written communication skills. programming and development experience (although strict software development is not the focus of our team), ability to write and understand SQL. You should be comfortable writing things like joins and nested queries. You should also be familiar with things like views, indexes, and stored procedures.  Must possess an Associates or Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Programming, Mathematics, Statistics or related area. 

To read more information and to apply/ please click here.

Job Title:   ICAP Member

UNI is now hiring an Iowa College AmeriCorps Program (ICAP) member that will help provide coordination and ease of access to programs that are tied to the efforts of UNI's strategic plan. Specifically, the ICAP member will focus on capacity building for student community engagement opportunities, as well as develop new programs and opportunities that enhance student civic awareness.

For questions, please contact Kristina Kofoot or call 273-4507.  To read more information on this opportunity, please click here.
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.
Idealware Partnership Opportunity...

Nonprofit Data for Beginners

Wednesdays between June 28 and July 19 at noon - 1:30 p.m. CST .  (There will be no webinar on the week of July 4.) Click here for full review of this series.

The term "big data" gets used (and misused) a lot, making it seem scary and expensive. But bigger isn't always better. Gathering the right data-and knowing how to use it-is what matters. Join us for Nonprofit Data for Beginners, a three-week course designed to help you ask the right questions, find the data you need, and use your data to strengthen your organization.

Through participation in this course, you will: 
  • Consider what questions you need your data to answer.      
  • Learn how to define your goals and develop processes for collecting your data.
  • Explore the many places where you can find useful data.  
  • Learn how to manage your metrics and data so that they remain useful over the long term.  
  • Dive into case studies of real organizations using data to make decisions.
June 28: Asking the Right Questions
Simply collecting data is not enough. Deciding early on what you will do with that data-and why you want it in the first place-will help you to define goals and approaches. We'll talk through how to define your organization's own data-based metrics strategy from the ground up.

July 12: Hunting Down the Data 
More often than not, the most useful data won't be found already neatly laid out in a spreadsheet. You might find extremely valuable data in handwritten staff notes, in multiple software systems, or public repositories. We'll discuss where different data can live, which sources of data might be useful, and where and how you can collect it to be ready for analysis.

July 19: Making Use of Your Data
In the final session, we will discuss the various ways you will need to manage and use the data you've collected. We'll consider the logistics of entering, storing, and maintaining your data. We'll also look at how to develop an action plan that ensures your data program is useful and sustainable.
Other Info 
  • Participants will also be given weekly "homework" assignments.
  • Please register with the email address where you would like to receive the access code and dial-in information for the online seminar.
  • All registered participants are granted access to the recordings of each session.
  • Participants who cannot attend any of the sessions due to scheduling conflicts will still have access to the toolkit presentation decks and handouts.
As a CVNA you are eleigible for these webinars at a discounted rate.  Please visit www.cedarvalleynonprofits.org and log into the member only section to get the access code.
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
  • 1,413 program registrations
  • 89 hours of programming
  • 160 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 171 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
Check out the other benefits of membership HERE If you are interested in joining CVNA, you can access our application form online HERE

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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 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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