New Member of Our Team
We are thrilled to welcome Jenny Becker to our program team at the  Community Foundation in a new position of  Director of Grant Programs. Jenny will provide leadership for the grants team and will guide the policy and strategy for grantmaking activities. She will begin on April 10, 2017.
The Community Foundation currently seeks a Development Assistant to be responsible for administrative operations of the Development Team including gift processing, donor acknowledgement, and donor database management. Applications will be accepted through Monday, April 10. Find more information here.
    Make sure to check out all the news for nonprofits below! Don't forget the ISU Extension  Nonprofit Management Academy begins this month. Find class descriptions and registration information here .

Stay connected,
Carrie Walker, Nonprofit Network Coordinator

News for Nonprofits
Matthew 25 Seeking Projects for 2017 Transform Week
Transform Week is focused on housing projects and other tasks that can revitalize a neighborhood. This year the project will focus on the Taylor neighborhood in the southwest side of Cedar Rapids from June 26-30, 2017.
The Matthew 25 team is currently looking for projects with homeowners that meet the following criteria: under 60 percent of median income of $76,200 for a family of four in Cedar Rapids, elderly, disabled, impacted by flooding, or other possible circumstances. Details and more information here.

Nominate a Five Seasons Citizenship Award Winner
The City of Cedar Rapids is currently accepting nominations for the Five Seasons Citizenship Awards. Five winners will receive a $1,000 donation to the charity of their choice. Nominate any individual who meets the following criteria: demonstrates exceptional support for our community, exhibits the responsibilities of strong citizenship, and develops projects or initiatives that benefit residents. Find more information and the nomination form here. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 28.

Iowa Women's Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications for 2018 Awards
The Iowa Women's Foundation is accepting applications for 2018 grants for projects focused on primarily serving the needs and aspirations of women and girls. Six specific areas have been identified as the most critical barriers for Iowa women and girls, and all grant applications must address one of these barriers. They include: employment, childcare, housing, education/training, transportation, and mentorship. Applications are due at 5 p.m. on May 31, 2017. Find more information here.

ATD Nonprofit Training Day Coming June 8
Save the Date! The Association for Talent Development (ATD) Hawkeye Chapter will hold the 6th Annual Nonprofit Training Day on June 8 at the Mt. Mercy University Graduate Center in Cedar Rapids. The purpose of this event is to provide a day of learning and growth to those who work for, or volunteer for a nonprofit organization. Attendees can choose sessions from a wide variety of topics. Send topic suggestions for this year's sessions to

Be A Part of the First-Ever Operation Salesforce Super Charge
Are you a nonprofit looking to enhance your organization? Think about submitting your most pressing Salesforce needs for the first-ever Operation Salesforce Super Charge event, coming summer 2017. A few nonprofits will be selected to be part of the event. As a selected organization, volunteers will help you evaluate your needs, define your goals, and design and improve your organization to meet your Salesforce Super Charge goals. To be considered for the program, email here for application information. If you are an admin or have Salesforce expertise, email here to volunteer for the event.

Iowa Nonprofit Summit in October 
Iowa Nonprofit Summit is scheduled for October 24-25, 2017, in Altoona, Iowa. This biennial conference provides essential learning opportunities for the staff and volunteers who direct Iowa's nonprofit organizations and the volunteer programs they rely on to fulfill their missions. More information here and registration opens in August.

Visit the Nonprofit Network page at for our online calendar.

Training Opportunities
Upcoming Peer Groups
Please contact  Carrie Walker if you are  interested in finding out more
about  peer groups. These monthly or bi- monthly lunch meetings  provide a great  opportunity to discuss current  issues, discover new ideas, and create peer connections.  Lunch is provided; please RSVP.

Tuesday, April 4 , 12-1 p.m. Executive Directors
*NEW* Wednesday, April 12, 12-1 p.m. Managers
Tuesday, April 18, 12-1 p.m. Development
Thursday, April 20, 12-1 p.m. CFO/Finance *CLA Roundtable Learning Opportunity
Tuesday, April 25, 12-1 p.m. Marketing

A Step-by-Step Guide for Non-Technical People to Get the Most Out of Google Analytics
Charity How To Webinar
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 2 p.m. 
This webinar helps you find out what's working and what's not with your nonprofit's online work. Google Analytics can get very complicated very quickly. This webinar skips the confusing details and points you straight to the main questions you can answer with this powerful tool.
Cost: $49
Register and more information here.

Association of Fundraising Professionals
High Touch Philanthropy-How You Can Raise More with "Concierge Service" to Donors
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Hills Bank, 3905 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids
Presenter: This webinar is provided through AFP International
The nonprofit space is highly competitive, especially for major gift fundraisers where several capital or endowment campaigns could be occurring simultaneously in your city or region. And we know wealthy donors usually support several charities. So how can you ensure you continue to deepen and strengthen the donor's relationship to your charity?
Cost: Free members, $25 non-members. Includes lunch.
Register here.

Leaders in Volunteerism: Volunteer Application Exchange
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 12-1:30 p.m.
Hy-Vee Club Room, Oakland Road & 32nd Street, Cedar Rapids
Bring 3-5 copies of your volunteer application.
For more details, email

Communicating With Meaning
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
ISU Extension & Outreach, 383 Collins Rd, Suite 201, Cedar Rapids
Presenter: Terry Whitson, TW Training
Let's talk about communication! Please join us for this interactive session to discuss overcoming obstacles and filters that keep us from communicating effectively. You will better understand the importance of active listening, asking the right types of questions, deciding how to deliver a message, and the impact of your non-verbal messages. We will also explore how to make the cross-generational workplace more productive by understanding their core values and communication preferences.
Course Fee: $75; CEU Fee: $25; CEUs: 0.6
More information here.
Register here.

CFO Peer Group Learning Opportunity: CLA Roundtable Going Paperless with Back-Office Accounting
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 12-1:30 p.m.
Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, 324 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids
Presenter: David Little, CliftonLarsonAllen
This roundtable will address some of the more common systems being used to electronically process accounting transactions. Also, examine related internal controls that can safeguard your assets, improve operational efficiency, and maintain adherence to policies.
Cost: Free, lunch is provided to those who RSVP.
RSVP here

How to Write Winning Grants and Smile While Doing It!
Presented by the Grant Professionals Association, Central Iowa Chapter
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
DMACC Student Activities Center, 2006 South Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, Iowa
Featuring Dr. Bev Browning, author of Grant Writing for Dummies
Cost: $75
More information, including detailed agenda, here.
Register here.

Association of Fundraising Professionals
Endow Iowa and the Role of Community Foundation
Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Hills Bank, 590 W Forevergreen Rd, North Liberty
Presenters: Michele Beisker, Vice President of Development, and Laura Booth, Donor Relations Officer, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
Cost: Free members, $25 non-members
Register here.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, 324 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids
Presenter: Paul Thelen, JD, Assistant Director, Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center
Session includes: Differences between nonprofit advocacy and lobbying, rules and regulations for Iowa nonprofits, and benefits of advocacy and lobbying.
Cost: Free, registration required. Two representatives per organization, please. Refreshments will be served.
More information here and register here

Data For Decision Makers
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
ISU Extension & Outreach, 383 Collins Rd, Suite 201, Cedar Rapids
What do you think data is? Do you know how to find it? Once you have it, do you know what to do with it? This course will answer these questions and more. A laptop or tablet is needed for hands-on experience in this course. 
Find full description here.
Course Fee: $75; CEU Fee $25; CEUs: 0.6
Register here.

CFO Peer Group Learning Opportunity: CLA Roundtable Nonprofits and Iowa Sales Tax
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 12-1:30 p.m.
Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, 324 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids
Presenter: Connie Lira, Director at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Iowa sales tax can be a complicated topic for nonprofits, so we've broken it down into three steps.  Step One: What rules and exemptions are out there and who is eligible for what? Step Two: What is the application proces? Step Three: how do you file?  The primary focus of this training is step one, but take away resources will be provided on all three of the steps. Discussion will provide explanations of the regulations and example scenarios to facilitate discussion. 
Cost: Free, lunch is provided to those who RSVP.
RSVP here.

ACE Interface Training
Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Revolution Community Building, 417 1st Ave, Vinton, Iowa
Presenters: Melissa Walker, Deputy Director, Area Substance Abuse Council; Panelists include Laura Medberry, Tonya Hotchkin, Jennifer Tibbits.
This course provides an in-depth look at adverse childhood experiences and is designed for educators, human service providers, law enforcement, and other concerned about the resilience and well-being of individuals who have experienced trauma.
Cost: No cost, registration required. Maximum of 50 participants.
More information here, and register here.

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Have you heard about the Cedar Rapids Public Library's challenge to Take On Literacy in celebration of their 120th year? Help the library connect with the community to find unique and inspiring ways to create a culture of literacy in Cedar Rapids. Find more information here. How will your nonprofit or group participate? 
Tell us how your organization plans to Take on Literacy here.
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