Upcoming CVNA Events 

CVNA/AFP Workshop
What's Your Story? Learn techniques of crafting and sharing inspiring stories to increase donations and motivate volunteers.  Hosted by Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association and Association of Fundraising Professionals - Northeast Iowa chapter.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
UNI-CUE 800 Sycamore, Waterloo, IA

Featuring America's Top 25 Fundraising Experts: Lori L. Jacobwith, Ignite

8:00am Complimentary refreshments and check-in
8:15am Welcome
8:30am Breakout #1 (Choose 1)
A. Volunteers can do it all: how to engage across your entire organization. Lead by Lauren Finke- Executive Director, Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley
B. Art of sustainable grant seeking. Lead by Constance Grimm- Director of Grants and Resource Development, Hawkeye Community College
9:40am  Breakout #2 (Choose 1)
C. All I want to do is raise some funds: Practice the power of word choices to inspire action like never before. Lead by Lori L. Jacobwith- Founder, Ignite Fundraising.
D. Grantwriting Do's and Don'ts and exclusive UNI Foundation Directory review. Lead by Angie Widner- Executive Director, YMCA.
10:45am All session keynote: Sharing powerful impact stories to create action. Lead by Lori Jacobwith, Ignite Fundraising.
12:00pm Conclude

Cost:  AFP/CVNA members free; All non-members $25.  Please click here to register for this great workshop by noon, September 19th.

Effective Meeting Planning Workshop
Isn't there a better way? 5 meeting mistakes and how to stop making them! 

Join us on October 5, 2017 from 8-9:30 am at the Philanthropy Center (425 Cedar Street, Waterloo; 3rd floor US Bank Bldg.). 

How does your nonprofit achieve its mission? Search your calendar for the answer and you will likely find  that "go to meetings" is our sector's preferred mode of operation. As nonprofits, we use meetings to align goals, make decisions, solve problems and generally - get stuff done! But, poorly designed  meetings eat up time, make us desperate for the "real work" at our desk, and drive our teams apart.

As leaders we have the opportunity to design better meetings; meetings that strengthen organizations  and relationships and help meet our goals. During this session we'll explore the ways that meetings go  wrong and investigate the art and science of meeting design. You'll learn the architecture of exceptional meetings and you'll have a chance to consider new meeting designs.

Stacy Van Gorp is the Executive Director of the R.J. McElroy Trust, a private foundation dedicated to inspiring and transforming young people in northeast Iowa. She has 20 years of experience in nonprofit leaders hip, philanthropy and higher education... adding up to about 10,000 meetings in her career. She is passionate about helping organizations align their strategy, actions and organizational culture to achieve remarkable social change and innovation.

To RSVP for this great workshop, please    Free for CVNA members, $25 for non-members.  Please RSVP by noon, October 4th.  
Other Nonprofit Events

UNI's 3rd Annual Town Hall for Community Engagement 

September 26, 2017 from 9 - 11 a.m.
Commons Ballroom
1227 W. 27th Street 
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614 

UNI faculty, staff, and students are invited to meet non-profit and community leaders to create partnerships that will support faculty research and scholarship, build service-learning opportunities to complement classroom instruction and introduce students to service projects.   Sponsored by the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association and Office of Undergraduate Studies

To learn more information and to RSVP for this event please 

Nonprofits: You're Invited to the First Ever Cedar Valley
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 
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!
So 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).
This idea has been embraced by other communities across the country, so why not here! You can read Le's original proposal on his blog, Nonprofit AF.
Job Opportunities

Job Title:  Special events Coordinator

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa seeks a full-time candidate for the position of Special Events Coordinator. This position has primary responsibility for planning and executing the agency's direct-line fundraising events in our six-county service area. The Special Events Coordinator will assist the CEO in major gift strategy sessions for past and current donors, helping the agency identify and implement strategic engagement opportunities. Supporting elements for this position include donor stewardship, event marketing and publicity, database management and donor research.
The Special Events Coordinator must have the ability to work from main office (Waterloo, IA) but travel consistently to and from agency satellite offices and community meetings. A Bachelor's degree is preferred for this position as well as 2-5 years of progressive event planning experience and success. For full job description click here.

Job Title:  Vice President of Programs

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa seeks a full-time candidate for the position of Vice President of Programs. The Vice President of Programs ensures match growth, match retention and match length goals are met through leadership of recruitment, enrollment, match and retention functions.  This position is responsible
for overall quality and capacity building of agency direct services through an ongoing process of program & staff development, supervision, monitoring, and evaluation of service staff. Generally, this position is responsible for developing programs in concert with the organization's vision, mission and strategic plan. The Vice President of Programs directly supervises all members of the Program Leadership Team as well as the Enrollment staff.  Bachelor's degree in social work or related field required; Graduate degree preferred.  
For full job descriptions please click here

To apply for either of these great job opportunities, please send cover letter and resume to 

Internship Opportunities

Self Help Internatinal is looking for the Interns for the following areas.
  • Area Finance/Accounting Intern 
  • Area App Developer Intern
  • Area Graphic design Intern
  • Area Communications Intern

For descriptions on each internship opportunity, please click here.  To apply for any of these internships, please click here.

 In our first 5 years we have: (continually being updated)
  • 75 member organizations
  • 6 investors
  • 1,413 program registrations
  • 119 hours of programming
  • 166 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 181jobs 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.

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.
Holly Dusenbery | Coordinator Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association |  coordinator@cedarvalleynonprofitassociation.com | Website | Facebook | | Event Calendar |