August 2021
Extend Support to Each Other This Week as We Acknowledge the Derecho Anniversary and Ongoing Pandemic
Each of us has a story about where we were, what we were doing, who we were with when the derecho hit Linn County last year. The impacts are felt to this day and will continue for years to come.

At the Community Foundation, our work priorities shifted that day to include extending care to our co-workers, friends, and neighbors, and activating a Disaster Recovery Fund to assist our community with immediate funding needs and long-term recovery.

I plan to attend a few commemorative events this week, reflect on the past year, and extend gratitude to all who have worked tirelessly over the past year to make our community whole and restore hope to our neighbors. Please join me in recognizing the resilience of our community. I have listed a few events below.

Take good care and stay connected,
Carrie Walker, Nonprofit Network Manager
319-774-2375 (work voice mail)
319-360-3950 (mobile)
News for Nonprofits
Derecho Anniversary Events
The City of Cedar Rapids Commemorate Derecho Anniversary, Bever Park Pavilion, August 10, 2021, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 pm. More information here.

The City of Cedar Rapids Art Project Offers Healing, Reflection After Derecho, various locations throughout August. More information here.

The City of Marion First Anniversary of Derecho Events, various locations throughout the day on August 10 beginning at 12 p.m. at City Square Park. More information here.
Virtual Community Learning Series Event To Highlight Equity in Disaster Recovery
The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation will host a virtual Community Learning Series event on Tuesday, August 31, from 12 to 1 p.m. via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public. This event will explore the link between disaster recovery and equity issues. National and local experts will share how the impact and recovery from disasters is historically inequitable and stories from our community in facing these challenges. Find more information and register here.

AFP Seeks Nominations for National Philanthropy Day Awards
AFP Eastern Iowa seeks nominations for several philanthropy awards to be presented on National Philanthropy Day on November 16. Nominations are due on Friday, August 13. Full details including award categories here.

Theisen's Grant Program Accepting Applications Until August 31
The Theisen's More for Your Community corporate grant program annually makes grants to all Theisen's store communities. The program grants to organizations that most effectively directly serve the basic needs of families and children, which includes food, shelter, education, safety, and health. The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque is now accepting applications for eligible organizations in Theisen's communities. Applications are due on August 31. 2021. Visit here for more information.

AmeriCorps Hosting Informational Webinar
AmeriCorps NCC North Central Region is holding an outreach webinar to inform interested nonprofits and government agencies about AmeriCorps NCCC as a resource to their community. Interested participants can choose one of two dates to join the webinar: August 12 at 2 p.m. or August 27 at 10 a.m. Information and registration here. AmeriCorps has teams of 18-24 year old young leaders who can help communities meet their critical needs through a full-time, team-based, residential national service program. Find more information about AmeriCorps here.

Advocacy and Lobbying Reminders and Resources
The Nonprofit Network contacted the Alliance for Justice, the organization that presented the Nonprofit Know-How: Advocacy & Lobbying on April 22, to request a link to resources that are helpful during election season. Please find these free resources if you have questions about following 501c3 nonprofit organization guidelines for political activity.

Community Foundation's Safe, Equitable & Thriving Communities Fund Issues RFP
The Community Foundation’s Creating Safe, Equitable & Thriving Communities Fund issued a Request for Proposals on July 15. Proposals are requested from organizations committed to the implementation of Group Violence Intervention (GVI) in Cedar Rapids. GVI, developed by the National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC), is an evidence-based approach that creates a network of care for those most impacted by violence. A total of $200,000 in funding is available for 1-3 organizations/collaborations to launch, implement, and sustain the support and outreach components of GVI. The specific activities to be funded, as well as work sessions and deadline information, can be found on the Community Foundation website here.

Derecho Storm & COVID-19 Nonprofit News & Resources
Training Opportunities
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Wednesday, August 11, 12 p.m.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 12 p.m.

Thursday, August 19, 2021, 12 p.m.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 12 p.m.
Tuesday, August 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: Members free; $25 non-member
Via Zoom

Tuesday, August 31, from 12 to 1 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Via Zoom

October 5-7, 2021

Tuesday, November 16, 8:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
Cost: members $35; non-members $55 educational sessions; sessions and luncheon members $55; non-members $90.
When we receive job openings from local nonprofits, we post them on the Nonprofit Network LinkedIn page.
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