Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 142
October 3, 2016
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

CVNA Finance Presentation 10/6/16...

"Addressing Issues about the Nonprofit IRS Form 990 Tax Returns" 

When:   Thursday, October 6, 2016 
Time:   8-9:30 a.m. 
Where: Philanthropy Center (3rd floor US Bank Bldg., (Waterloo). 
Cost:    Free to member, $25 for non-members. 

Anyone who has reviewed a 990 tax return knows that they are complicated and confusing!  At this session, David Rogers, CPA, with Carney, Alexander, Marold & Co will discuss some the common issues that arise when preparing the 990.  He'll address common errors and provide tips on how to make the most out of your relationship with your tax preparer.  Additionally, he'll be ready for your questions... so bring them to the session!
2nd Annual Town Hall Meeting...
        Community Engagement  
        October 4, 2016
        9-11:30 a.m.
        Commons SLife Ballroom - UNI Campus
        Sponsored by CVNA

UNI Faculty, staff and students are invited to meet nonprofit 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.  Nonprofit Community leaders are invited to meet UNI faculty, staff and students to create partnerships that will build capacity for their organizations, mission, programs and services.

Help the University of Northern Iowa Celebrate! 

The University of Northern Iowa received the Presidential Award for Community Engagement-Economic Opportunity  as part of the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. 

UNI is one of four institutions that has received this recognition. UNI also placed as finalist in the category of Community Engagement-Education. This work could not be completed without the support of community partners, faculty, staff and students. We are truly better together!

For more information visit http://www.uni.edu/engagement.   For question about the event please contact Kristina Kofoot at  kofootk@uni.edu  or call  (319) 273-4507.
DOL Overtime Rule Changes...

Human Resources Technical Assistance?  Need your job descriptions reviewed?  

Need advice on how to cope with changes in overtime?

As members of CVNA, you have an opportunity to receive an hour of  one-on-one private and confidential consultation with  Michael J. Staebell, Compliance Specialist, Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C.; District Director (retired) USDOL Wage and Labor Division.  

Mike will be in the Cedar Valley on October 5, 2016.  An appointment is necessary and can be made by contacting Holly.  The first appointment will be at 9 a.m.  The discounted CVNA member cost will be $75 per hour.

Meetings will be held at the Philanthropy Center.  This event is being  offered as a follow-up to CVNA's New Overtime Ruling presentation from August 4, 2016.
"Using Data to Tell Your Story" Follow-Up...
In case you missed last weeks presentation, here are the slides and handouts.  

Here are a few pictures from the event.  

Nominations Please...
Frances Mills is a legend at Family & Children's Council (FCC) for being a leader and advocate for  children.  She bravely went forward to do whatever was needed to make this world a safer  place for children.  Each year, FCC gives an award to an outstanding individual from our  community who continues to do Frances' work, demonstrating her spirit and commitment to
always keep the needs of children foremost in all of the work that they do. 

She helped start FCC, served on the board and committees, and was very active, along with her  husband, a Waterloo physician, in starting up the Parent to Parent program. She helped to  arrange access for the agency to new moms in local hospitals, seeing the advantage of  supporting parents right away and not waiting until there were parenting troubles.

Frances was also on the Waterloo School Board and advocated for children across the state of  Iowa.

This award is meant for people who found a passion with helping children and families and  make a positive difference in their lives. Recipients of the Frances Mills Child Advocate Award  exemplify her gentle guidance and commitment to making the world a safe and nurturing place  for children to grow and fulfill their dreams.

Nominations  are due by October 10, 2016. 
For questions 
anesa@fccouncil.net .
Request for Proposals...

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is pleased to announce its Request for Proposal for our 2016-2017 service partnerships.  This is an opportunity for local nonprofits to work with a group of students during the spring semester to get assistance with various projects, initiatives, and events.  Please see the attached Request for Proposal for more information.  The deadline for proposals is  October 14, 2016 .

We welcome your proposal.  Please feel free to email the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Community Service Director at  brimecaa@uni.edu
with any questions or concerns.

The Management Information Systems area at UNI is looking for small businesses or non-profits who are in need of a website or an updated web presence to be clients for a senior-level course beginning in January.  

The website would be completed by about  May 1, 2017 .  If interested and/or want more information, please contact Betsy Ratchford (Instructor at UNI and Board Member for BHCGA)  or  319-273-2310  to be considered.

CommUniversity Grants benefit nonprofits and students - Apply Today!
Is your nonprofit looking for some grantwriting assistance? Would you like to have some grant proposals developed for some of your projects? Would you like to have the proposals be written and be paid $500 as well? If so, consider becoming a partner of CommUniversity, an experiential learning partnership to benefit both students and nonprofit organizations of the Cedar Valley. 
Through this unique collaboration, the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa are looking for nonprofit partners to participate during the fall 2016 term. Students will research and write boilerplate grant applications on behalf of the nonprofits, which the nonprofits can use as needed in their grant seeking strategy. Each nonprofit partner will be awarded a $500 general operations grant just for participating, and one organization will receive an additional $1,000 grant based on the strongest student proposal.
Consider applying to become a CommUniversity partner!
Community Events...
Trick or Trot  5k & 1-Mile Fun Run
Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM 
Lou Henry Elementary School, Waterloo
A run so fun it's scary!

Whether you are a serious runner or a Halloween fanatic, the "Trick or Trot 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run" has something for the whole family. This is a great chance to get some exercise and enjoy fun fall activities! Highlights include:
* Chip-Timed Race (5k only)
* Games * Face Painting
* Costume Contest * Pumpkin Decorating

Participants are strongly encouraged to walk or run in their favorite costume.
What are you waiting for?   Register today!  

Annual Local Food Dinner

When:  Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Where: Waterloo center of the Arts
Time:   6:00 p.m. Social, 6:30 p.m. Dinner

This annual dinner is an occasion to celebrate the food & farm culture of our region, to connect with others who appreciate locally grown foods and to gain new ideas on improving the local food system.  One of the leading voices regarding local foods in Iowa, Teresa Wiemerslage, will be speaking at the event. 

Please click here for brochure.  Please click here to register or ask questions on this fun event.   Registration deadline is October 5th.
Current Job Openings...

YMCA of Black Hawk County is looking for a new CEO

The future of the Family YMCA of Black Hawk County is a bright one to be led by a visionary capable of steadfast dedication to the three pillars of the YMCA: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
The Y is seeking a leader who will guide this YMCA into the future; enhance the membership; catapult fundraising efforts, create a culture of excellence within the YMCA; build strong relationships and collaborations in the communities they serve, and further position this YMCA as an indispensable community asset as the largest membership-based, community service organization in the area.
The Y benefits from strong volunteer leadership with Board make up from professionals from across the Black Hawk County area. The Y is well positioned to continue and expand its efforts to make an impact throughout the area.
The Y is looking for a candidate to possess (not limited to) the following key areas:
  • Develop and Manage the Staff Team
  • Advocate our Vision and Increase Awareness
  • Provide Strong Fiscal Leadership and Strategic Fundraising Platform
  • Improve Operating Performance
  • Review, Update and Implement Strategic Plan
For full job responsibilities and information on how to apply for this great employment opportunity, please click here. 

Questions about this CEO search process may be directed to
Franciene Gill.   Questions about this particular YMCA may be directed to  

The Cedar Valley Sports Commission is currently seeking applicants for the position of Executive

Director. Candidates should be self-starters with the ability to set and meet goals.  The Executive Director is responsible for growing the sports travel market within the Greater Cedar  Valley; maintaining relationships with established events and sponsors; growing the Commission budget
through increased fundraising; working with partner organizations; and representing the Commission at local, state and national events.

The Executive Director will work closely with local organizations to market the area as a premier sports destination. Applicants must have previous sales and fundraising experience. Knowledge of the sports and travel industries is preferred. In addition the ability to work with a board and independently is preferred.

Resume, cover letter and references, along with any applicable materials should be sent to: Cedar Valley Sports Commission, Attn: Search Committee, PO Box 4166, Waterloo, IA 50704 or emailed to
jim@cedarvalleysports.org.   Applications received by October 14 will receive first consideration.

Job Title:  Receiving and Inventory Control Coordinator

The Receiving & Inventory Control Coordinator will be an integral part of the operations of the Food Bank by receiving and maintaining product to then be sent out to those who are hungry in northeast Iowa.

BA degree in an affiliated field Experience: Must have skills and experience related to inventory and database systems.

For a full job description and how to apply, please  click here.

Job Title:  Executive Director

wcfsymphony is please to announce  it's search for a new Executive Director.   The Executive Director is  responsible  for overseeing all  operational  functions of the well-established and long-running organization.  

Candidates should have extensive experience in project and people management, budget creation and  oversight, fundraising and corporate relations, event presentation, and public speaking.   Requirements include executive experience in non-profit arts management or a related field, strong  financial management skills, and proven success in fundraising. A deep appreciation for music and  the arts is also required; familiarity with the orchestra world is an asset. Bachelor's degree is  required; advanced degree in arts management, non-profit management, or business is preferred.

For full job description and information on how to apply, please click here.
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 most updated information from Jeff Danielson

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

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 In our first two years we have: (continually being updated)
  • 74 member organizations
  • 5 investors
  • 1,278 program registrations
  • 82 hours of programming
  • 142 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 141 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 NLA (advertise job postings Nationwide)
  • Partners with Idealware
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CVNA Meeting Dates
CVNA is pleased to announce the topics of our upcoming education events for the year ahead:  2016
  • October 4th - 2nd Annual UNI Town Hall Meeting
  • October 5th - Private Sessions on Overtime Rule Changes 
  • October 6 -  Finance
  • December 2nd - Legislative Forum
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