CVNA Seal of Distinction Internship Program

In follow-up to the CVNA Seal of Distinction Internship presentation back on January 17th, we have officially launched this program to all non-profit organizations to take advantage of.  Please visit our website for details on how to apply for the Seal of Distinction and/or to apply for the internship grant assistance.

Personal Financial Pla nning

Personal Financial Planning: The Need for Goal Setting, Understanding Loans and Borrowing, and Establishing Good Habits  By  Aaron D. Sannes, CFP®, ChFC®, CKA®
Private Wealth Advisor Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

As we kick off a new year it is always a good time to set new goals. Often those goals have to do with our personal finan
cial planning. Aaron's presentation will be an engaging dialogue that will address various aspects of good financial habits. Aaron will offer advise on understanding financial aid & college savings strategies, getting smart on loans and borrowing, the importance of goal setting and financial planning, the essentials to understanding your financials (budgeting, managing debt and credit, investing, saving), and good habits going forward. This presentation will be applicable to all employees, so grab your staff and co-workers and spend the morning with us on March 8, 2018 from 8-9:30 @ The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.  Free for CVNA members; $25 non-members.  Please RSVP by March 7th. 

Marketing Meet-Up Re-schedule Date

Join us on February 14, 2018 from noon to 1 pm Philanthropy Center 425 Cedar Street, 3rd floor to listen to  James Infelt, Partner and Chief Digital Officer at Amperage, as he will be presenting on SEO. 

Jim's expertise is in interactive and digital marketing and communication. He has over 30 years of experience in the advertising industry and is passionate about working with the philanthropic community.

Please click here to RSVP.


Come to UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance's annual Nonprofit Explor-A-Ganza Event on  Monday, February 12, 2018 from 3:45-5:00 pm in the UNI Commons Ballroom!   This event is free for CVNA and NLA Advisory Board Members. Cost is $25 to those who are not members. Parking will be available across the street in the Multimodal Transportation Center for small cost. 

The Explor-A Ganza is an excellent opportunity for you to meet UNI students as well as share internship, job, and volunteer opportunities that your organization has to offer. The format of the event will consist of "speed interviewing" with 5-6 rotations, which will give you the opportunity to meet with 20+ enthusiastic students. Set up will begin at  3:30 p.m. We encourage you to bring any display materials, business cards, internship information, volunteer descriptions, and/or brochures along. 

If you and/or another representative(s) from your organization would like to attend, please
RSVP by  Wednesday, February 7th. To do so, please email Paige at, or give me a  call at  (319) 273-5600 . Additionally, please send a short summary of your organization and your current internship / volunteer opportunities. We hope you will join us on  February 12th ! "

Community Events

Bring your friends, families and co-workers and join us for a fun night of river with all proceeds going to child abuse prevention, this T hursday, February 1, 2018 starting at 6:30 p.m. @ UAW 838 near Laporte Road and Mitchell Avenue.

Teams of 8 $125 - prizes, food, beer and dessert!  Email Amanda Goodman to register your team.

Nonprofit Data For Beginners

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.

All sessions take place Thursday at 12 pm CST and last for 90 minutes.
  • February 8: Asking the Right QuestionsSimply 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.
  • February 15: 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.
  • February 22: Making Use of Your DataIn 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.
For more information and registration, please click here.  Please remember as a member of CVNA you are eligible to join in on these webinars at a discounted rate.  To see this, please visit our member only section on the website.  

Legislative Corner

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

 In our first 5 years we have: (continually being updated)
  • 78 member organizations
  • 6 investors
  • 1,562 program registrations
  • 175 hours of programming
  • 176 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 190 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 Internship 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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