Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 158
May22, 2017
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Lean Experimentation Workshop...
What:   Lean Experimentation Workshop -   Agile, Lean, Sprints and Radical Transparency:  Launching a Nonprofit with Tools from the World of Tech Start-ups
When:  June 1, 2017 from 8-9:30 a.m.
Where: Philanthropy Center (US Bank Bldg., 425 Cedar Street, Waterloo)
Cost:  Free for CVNA Members: $25 non-members

Technology companies have changed the way all businesses work.  Email, social media, and cloud based computing (to name a few), dominate our workplaces .  But, the tech sector's practice, not just their products, are influencing the way that companies manage their employees, their work flow and their strategies.
At our June 1  meeting, we'll be joined by one of Iowa's notable technology leaders an d successful nonprofit founders,  Eric Engelmann.  Eric f ounded  Geonetric  in 1999.  Today, Eric is a co-found er and the Executive Director of  NewBoCo  in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  New BoCo's mission is t o accelerate world changing ideas, from Iowa.
Eric transferred the strategies and techniques of the tech sector into the DNA of NewBoCo.  NewBoCo, founded in 2014, is one of the region's fastest growing nonprofits doubling and tripling their gross revenue, program offerings, and clients in just a few years.  Hyper-growth has been accomplished by employing tools borrowed from the technology and start-up worlds.  These methods reward experimentation, fast-failure, clear communication, employee engagement and transparency.
Come to the session to hear Eric's start-up story, and to discover how these innovative tactics could transform the way you think of management and planning.
Eric Engelmann founded Geonetric in 1999, and presently works as the Executive Director of NewBoCo in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  He's a board member at  Scrum Alliance , the  Technology Association of Iowa , and  GO Cedar Rapids .
Please click here to RSVP for this great workshop.
Marketing Meet-Up...

Bring your lunch and join us at The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa's Community room from  noon to 1 p.m.  on  Thursday, June 8  for another Marketing Meet Up. Zach Everman and Devin Harschnek, creative producers from Pixel Labs in Cedar Falls, will be joining us to talk about video production. Topics will include:
  • Basics of video production
  • Resources you can use to learn more
  • Inexpensive video and audio recording gear suggestions
  • Brief social media strategy for video
To see some of Pixel Lab's work, go to  www.thepixellab.co.
We hope you can join us to learn from these two industry professionals. 

Marketing Meet Up events are free for CVNA members. Non-member may attend one session for free, and $25 per session after that.   Click here to RSVP.  
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to learn how to become a CVNA member.
You're Invited! 
The Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association invites you to attend its  5th Anniversary party on Wednesday, June 14 from 5-6:30 pm at the Island Park Boat House in Cedar Falls.  Join with other members of the area's nonprofit sector to celebrate our accomplishments and look ahead at what's to come. We'll have  hors d'oeuvres and drinks, including beer and wine. A brief program will take place at 5:45, and will include some exciting announcements.
CVNA member organizations--both staff and board members--are invited to attend. Be a part of this milestone event!  Please click this link to RSVP for this fun celebration.
2017 Volunteer Engagement Summit...
Cool opportunity
The 2017 National Summit on Volunteer Engagement Leadership
Think about your special events, your programs, and your board of directors... How important are volunteers to your organization? If they are important, consider attending this 3-day summit hosted by the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration: 
July 26-28, 2017 
St. Paul, MN
It will be the first national convening of volunteer engagement professionals and members of the philanthropic community, and if you recruit, engage, and/or manage volunteers, then you should be at the table to help shape the discussion.
Advance your own knowledge and skills while helping to discover how we can build a new national presence for leaders of volunteer engagement, tackle the issues that affect our work, and ultimately improve our community impact.
For CVNA members only!
Scholarships Available for the 2017 National Summit on Volunteers
The CVNA and the Leighty Fund of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa are providing four scholarships (each up to $750) to atte nd the   2017 National Summit on Volunteer Engagement Leadership in St. Paul .  The scholarship funds can be used for travel, registration and/or hotel.  
In addition, upon return from the Summit, the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley will convene attendees for a local summit to share tools, techniques, and information from the conference in hopes to further the development of volunteer engagement resources.
Funds will be awarded to organizations that can best demonstrate their desire and ability to improve the use of volunteers in their organization and the organization's interest in helping the Cedar Valley improve volunteer development.
The deadline to apply for funding is June 20.  Apply here.     
CVNA & AFP Workshop...

CVNA and AFP-Northeast Iowa chapter are hosting a workshop for fundraising and grant-writing professionals. Mark your calendars and watch for more details to come!

Wednesday, September 20
UNI-CUE: 800 Sycamore St. Waterloo

Cost: Free for CVNA and AFP-Northeast Iowa members. All others are welcome to register for $25.  Please register by September 19, 2017.

Please click here to RSVP for this great workshop.
Member Spotlight...
The Waterloo Community School District includes the cities of Waterloo, Evansdale, Elk Run Heights, Gilbertville, and Raymond, part of the city of Cedar Falls, and certain unincorporated areas in Black Hawk County.  The district is located entirely within Black Hawk County and encompasses approximately 150 square miles.

Waterloo is one of the 10 largest school districts of Iowa's 377 public school systems.  The enrollment is approximately 10,555 students. The district currently operates two regular and one alternative high school, four middle schools and eleven elementary schools. 

The district provides a full range of educational services to students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12.  These services include regular and enriched academic education, special education for students with special needs, career education, and numerous individualized programs such as specialized instruction for at-risk students and for limited-English-speaking students.

To read more on this great organization, please  click here. 

Waterloo Community Schools has been a valued member of the CVNA since 2012-- thank you for your continued support.
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 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


Please click here for the most updated information on Ras Smith

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 In our first 5 years we have: (continually being updated)
  • 75 member organizations
  • 6 investors
  • 1,380 program registrations
  • 87 hours of programming
  • 1578 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 167 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
Check out the other benefits of membership HERE If you are interested in joining CVNA, you can access our application form online HERE

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CVNA Meeting Dates
CVNA is pleased to announce the topics of our upcoming education events for the year ahead:  2017
  • June 1st - Lean Experimentation
  • June 8th - Marketing Meet-Up
  • June 14 - CVNA 5 Year Celebration
  • June 22nd - Grant Gurus
  • August 3rd - Board Engagement
  • September 20th - CVNA/AFP Workshop
  • September 28th - Grant Gurus
  • October 5th - Effective Meeting Planning Design
  • December 1st - Legislative Forum
There will also be some added"special training" presentations for 2017 so for  the most updated
information please visit our resources section and stay tuned to our web-site for additional information.
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