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 u nderstanding 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.  If there are specific questions, you would like addressed by Aaron, please email them to Holly prior to the event.  

Free for CVNA members; $25 non-members.  Please RSVP by March 7th. 
Community Grants
Veridian Credit Union has partnered with the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa to provide the Veridian Credit Union's Enriching the Community Grants for nonprofit organizations whose work plays a vital role in enriching communities in Veridian Credit Union's service area in Iowa and Nebraska.
The Veridian Credit Union's Enriching the Community Grants are general operating grants of up to $5,000 and are made available to nonprofits that are strengthening communities by helping individuals become more financially stable. The purpose of these grants is to provide support to nonprofits whose work is primarily focused on addressing barriers to financial stability by helping individuals improve financial literacy and/or by addressing the needs of individuals to achieve self-sufficiency.
Complete details can be found by clicking here.   Application deadline is  July 15, 2018 .

Action Needed

Advocacy  is the action of promoting and advancing a non-profit's mission...the primary goals of advocating for your non-profit are done in an effort to grow awareness of the community need and the service you are providing, with the hopes that it will create more awareness and solutions, and ultimately meet the needs of the mission it provides.
As non-profits,  we simply must speak up for those we serve both with legislative partners that can help direct funding for the critical and important  programs and services we provide our state, as well as leverage vital local philanthropic support to ensure the success of our programs.

With the diversity of our programming, non-profits truly provide the opportunity for all communities to provide the quality 
of life that all citizens certainly deserve. 
Advocacy needs to be a part of our monthly strategy as organizations, not just during the legislative session.  I encourage everyone to share your voice, your vocational and field expertise, and please know that legislators truly do want and need to hear from you.  You are the experts in the trenches, and that perspective is truly priceless.  Not only to those who are elected to help make the important legislative budget decisions, but to the receivers of the services.  Do it for them. 

This article from the Non-Profit Quarterly does a good job of reminding all of us how advocacy and lobbying are critical responsibilities for each of us as non-profit partners, and how we all need to feel empowered to do our part!   Now is the time for each of us to share our voice of advocacy for the public good!      

UNI Seeking Consulting Proposals

Every year, nationally renowned Nonprofit Leadership Alliance students seek proposals for consulting projects. Cedar Valley nonprofit agencies are encouraged to submit proposals that will benefit students in acquiring research skills as well as informing best practices to the partnering agencies through potential findings. Proposals are currently being accepted for one-year consulting projects that will be undertaken from Spring of 2018 to Spring of 2019. Selected projects could potentially result in publication and/or presentation at AMI conference that will be
held in January 2019 in Orlando, Florida. For Request for Proposal (RFP) application, please visit Please address any questions or concerns to Morgan Rahe.

Proposals are due by 5pm on March 16, 2018.
Job Openings

Job Title: Art Education Assistant

Duties will include providing assistance to the Education Coordinator to re-establish existing and new community outreach programs, purchase classroom items... ( click here for full details).

Strong  telephone, computer/social media, customer service, communication, and  organizational skills required.   High school diploma or GED equivalent  required with two years of clerical/art education assistance experience preferred.

For consideration, submit a completed application

Available Internships
Legislative Corner

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 In our first 5 years we have: (continually being updated)
  • 78 member organizations
  • 6 investors
  • 1,562 program registrations
  • 175 hours of programming
  • 178 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 191 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
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