Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector.
September 25, 2017
Upcoming CVNA Events
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.
Save the Date for Our
Celebration of Community
Friday, November 3
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn
Join us at our Celebration of Community event as we celebrate the successes created when generous people, nonprofits, and community leaders come together to carry out a "here for good" philosophy.
This fun and social occasion is a great opportunity to mingle with other community-minded people and gain a better understanding of the work of CFNEIA across our 20-county region.
The event includes a hosted bar and appetizers along with a short program beginning at 5:45 p.m. to acknowledge our partners who are making good things happen in their communities. Please click here to register for this great event.
What's Your Story Follow-Up
Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association and the AFP-Northeast Iowa chapter hosted the "What's Your Story?" workshop on September 20. Attendees participated in breakout sessions and were inspired with a keynote on ideas to raise funds through storytelling. Through compelling messaging and sharing true stories of how your mission changes lives, you can substantially increase your impact!
A fundraising track explored ways to engage volunteers through a presentation by Lauren Finke, Director of the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley and how to raise funds through communication- a break-out session by Lori Jacobwith, Ignited Fundraising. Grant-writers learned sustainable grantseeking resources from Constance Grimm, Director of Grants and Resource Development and explored grant resources on the UNI-CUE computers with Angie Widner, Director of YMCA of Black Hawk County.
Other Nonprofit Events
The 2017 UNI Ed Summit will be
November 6-7, 2017
at Maucker Union.
Designed for teachers, university faculty, policymakers, and other education stakeholders, UNI's 2017 Education Summit will explore the opportunities and challenges of 21st century education. The Summit will feature presentations, panels, and dialogue sessions led by state, regional, and national experts, including scholars and practitioners. Strands will include:
- diversity and cultural competence
- social-emotional learning
- personalized and blended learning, and
- community engagement and partnerships
Keynote speakers for the 2017 Ed Summit will include
. Breakout session presenters will represent institutions of higher education in Iowa and nationwide, Iowa school districts and AEAs, and education policy organizations.
The Summit will take place at Maucker Union, UNI.
For more information and to register for this event, please
The Waterloo Community Foundation (WCF) seeks grant proposals from qualified organizations for projects or programs that benefit the community of Waterloo and, in limited situations its vicinity. Grant proposals must detail how funds will improve and benefit our community and citizens in one of four areas: health and human services; arts and culture; education or economic development. A total of four grants will be awarded up to $5,000 each. Matching funds are not required, but partnerships are encouraged.
Completed applications with supporting documents must be submitted to WCF on or before
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm
. All applicants will be notified the week of
November 6, 2017
of the Grant Committee's decision. Grants must be expended between
January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018
. Evaluations are due 30 days after the conclusion of the program/project. Please contact
for more information.
UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is now accepting proposals for Spring 2018 community partnerships! Proposals are due
. For more
Online Communications: Beyond the Basics
Wednesdays between September 27 - October 18, noon - 1pm CST
You have a solid website. You send emails to your supporter list and post on social media. What's next? How do you build on these successes to strengthen your relationships and get better results?
In this intermediate-level communications course, we'll show you how to evaluate your existing communications channels and efforts, gather data to optimize your content, increase your online subscriber and follower lists, and engage more deeply with your biggest supporters. At the end of this course, you'll know how to develop a successful integrated online communications practice for your organization, measure its success, and develop integrated campaigns to magnify your reach and activate stakeholders.
Evaluating and Optimizing Your Current Communications
October 4: Building Your Audience
October 11: Executing Your Integrated Communications Strategy
October 18: Measuring Your Communications and Addressing Roadblocks
Please click here
for more information on each session. As a CVNA member you will get these webinars at a discounted price. Please go to the member
only section on the CVNA
for your discount code.
New Email Address
Please note that the email address for Holly Dusenbery has changed to
. If you click on the highlighted link, it should save to your browser for all future email communications.
Please mark your calendars for this years Legislative Forum to be held on Friday, December 1, 2017. Please stay tuned for more information in future newsletters.
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- 75 member organizations
- 6 investors
- 1,413 program registrations
- 167 hours of programming
- 167 e-newsletters
- Grant Gurus workshops
- 181 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
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