Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 143
October 17, 2016
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Request for Proposals...

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 Monday, November 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm.  All applicants will be notified the week of December 12, 2016 of the Grant Committee's decision.  Grants must be expended between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.  Evaluations are due 30 days after the conclusion of the program/project.
All applicants are encouraged, but not required to attend an informational meeting on Friday, October 14 at 8:30 am at the Philanthropy Center, 425 Cedar Street, 3rd floor.

For more information or to obtain an application, contact Michelle Temeyer at  Michelle.Temeyer@wloocommunityfoundation.org or (319) 883-6022

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!
Member Spotlight...

St. Paul's is a medium size church  with vital and uniquely diverse congregation  in unity to the mission and ministry of Christ. 

Be Blessed as you enter--  with friends-and family feel, the Spirit-inspired and biblical preaching,  uplifting music, and deep sharing of discipleship in knowing,  loving, and serving God through small groups,  bible study, prayer, and fellowship with lots of fun and  good food (Beef and Noodle Dinner in April and September).  As a community center, St. Paul's has a great passion for  reaching out to neighbors and it has been a place for 
Neighborhood meeting and work group hosts. 

St. Paul's involves serving our MAPLES Neighborhood and the Community. We are a meeting space for other organizations.  Activities include a reading program for Carver Academy students, hosting National Night Out, "Trunk or Treat" for the MAPLES Neighborhood, a MAPLES Neighborhood newsletter and an emergency food pantry.

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

St. Paul's United Methodist Church has been a member of the CVNA since 2012 -- thank you for your continued support.
Community Events...
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.


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

We Don't Want You To Miss A Thing!

Have you renewed and joined yet?  Don't miss out on our upcoming programs and networking opportunities!


 In our first two years we have: (continually being updated)
  • 74 member organizations
  • 5 investors
  • 1,292 program registrations
  • 83.5 hours of programming
  • 143 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
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:  2016
  • December 2nd - Legislative Forum
For the most updated information please visit our resources section and stay tuned to our web-site for additional information.
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