Marketing Meet-Up 

Come join us August 30th from noon to 1pm at the Community Foundation Northeast Iowa as Mark Mathis III, Partner - Chief Creative & Strategy Office with Amperage Marketing & Fundraising, as he helps us explore how to take smart-phone photos of people, buildings and landscapes. 

This presentation will arm you with tips and tricks to make your smart-phone photography great for better storytelling and selling of your organization.  We will also give you insights into photo composition so you can be the next Ansel Adams or Annie Leibovitz. Please click here to RSVP by August 29th.   

GrantWriting Power Hour will meet on Tuesday, September 11th from 11am to noon at the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.

Beth Knipp, Executive Director Black Hawk County Gaming Association will review eligibility guidelines, the Letter of Intent process, the online system requirements and grant application deadlines.  She will provide answers to questions regarding types of projects eligible for funding as well as discuss the best to apply for grant funds.  

Black Hawk County Gaming Association awards funds to projects which provide property tax relief to cities and counties, supports funds for large capital projects (LEGACY Grants) and also funds qualified 501c3 organizations in the area.

2nd Annual CVNA/AFP Collaboration

CVNA and AFP-NEIA co-hosted workshop:  The $73 Billion Ceda r Valley Opportunity on  Tuesday, October 9,  2018;  10:00AM -  1:00PM                     @ the  Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.

What if your organization had all the money it needed to do all the things it is designed to do for the community? Paraphrasing an old saying, whether you think it is possible or not, you're probably right.  There is a $73 billion opportunity in the Cedar Valley and it is right in front of you. Now is the time to act to help create a sustainable future for your organization. This isn't a fantasy, this is real. 

Planned giving focused workshop lead by Rob Hilbert, Iowa Public Television Foundation. Will include roundtable discussions and lunch.  Free for all CVNA/AFP-NEIA members; Non-members $25 payable to "Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association". Limited space! RSVP  today.

Special thanks to the former Northeast Iowa Chapter of Leave A Legacy who is providing sponsorship support of this important planned giving training.  We trust that our non-profit partners will always value and seek planned gifts to grow and sustain our missions.  

Community Engagement

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 [read more...] on September 25 from 9-11am at the Commons Ballroom 1227 W. 27th Street, Cedar Falls.

This event is sponsored by the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association.

Interns - To Pay or Not to Pay

There has been a lot of conversation lately about unpaid internships, and colleagues have asked me to weigh in [read more...]

Job Opportunities

Job Title:  Director of Development

The Grout Museum District is seeking a Development Director who will manage the museum's fundraising initiatives. This position is responsible for developing the museum's annual giving and planned giving campaigns, [read more...]
Please have cover letter, resume and references submitted                             to  by  Friday, September 7 .

Job Title:  Full Time Cedar Rapids Advocate

Assist survivors of sexual violence, sexual abuse, and trafficking.  Facilitate small group, and conduct presentations to educate the community. Experience in social service field preferred.  Please email                                  Lisa with resume and questions.  

Job Title:   Jail & Prison Ministry Assistant Coordinator

Catholic Charities is hiring a Jail & Prison Ministry Assistant Coordinator in the Waterloo office to build community relationships in order to train and provide supervision to volunteers who serve as mentors and support group members to those who have recently been released from jail                          or prison[read more...].  Email resume and cover letter                                    to

J ob Tit le:  Leader Valley Assistant (part-time)

The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber seeks candidates for a part-time Leader Valley Assistant. The main responsibilities will be to provide administrative support to Leader Valley, a subsidiary organization ofthe Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber [read more...].  Resumes with cover letter and any questions should be emailed to Sandi Sommerfelt.

Lutheran Services LSI's Bremwood Residential Treatment Center wants YOU!  We're now hiring for a variety of experiences, positions and shifts.  Please click here to review all current openings.  

Free Webinar Opportunity

CRM Integration Basics for Nonprofits
Thursday, September 6th, 12:00pm to 1:00pm  CST

Is your nonprofit missing out on opportunities or efficiencies because your data is too scattered? Integrating the tools that comprise your Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) system-which include the databases where you keep broadcast emails, donor data, case histories, event registrations, and other information-might help. But undertaking an integration project without first understanding the typical costs, benefits, and steps is a risky endeavor.

Cedar Valley Art Summit 2.0

Join us at the Cedar Valley Arts Summit 2.0 to be involved and shape the arts in our community on Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 9am - 5pm @ the Waterloo Center for the Arts.
The day will feature presentations by some of Iowa and the Midwest's most creative minds, and leaders who are transforming communities through the arts. Keynote speaker, Dana M. Knapp of ArtsKC, will join us to share how her organization continues to build an arts-focused community in Kansas City.
RSVP Here Before Aug. 31 for the best price.
Hosted by:  University of Northern Iowa * Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa
Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau * Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber * University of Northern Iowa Department of Art
Hawkeye Community College * The Hearst Center * Gallagher Bluedorn
Waterloo Community Playhouse & Black Hawk Children's Theatre 

Special announcement: You're invited!

Nonprofits: You're Invited to the Second Annual
Cedar Valley GET A BEER* AND UNDO NONPROFIT POWER DYNAMICS DAY!   Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 from  4:30-6:00pm
SingleSpeed Brewing in Waterloo
Cedar Valley nonprofits and members of Metro Funders will come together for an informal, and unscripted, gathering. This idea, first created by nonprofit guru Vu Le, is being embraced by funders in the region. The idea is that funders and agency representatives can, as Le says "see each other as human beings, and help decrease the power dynamics so present in our sector." There's only one rule: no agendas!
Last year's event was a lot of fun, so we're bringing it back again. Please stop by, meet and mingle with funders and nonprofit representatives, enjoy some appetizers provided by Metro Funders, and grab your own BEER (which stands for "Beverage to Enhance Equity in Relationships," and does not have to be alcoholic).   You can read Le's original proposal on his blog,  Nonprofit AF .   Hope too  s ee you  September 11 !

Keep up-to-date with what's going on with our State Representatives & Legislative team (not all represented)

Walt Rogers           Iowa Capital Report
Sandy Salmon        Ras Smith
Bob Kressig         

 In our first 5 years we have: (continually being updated)
  • 81 member organizations
  • 6 investors
  • 1,720 program registrations
  • 186 hours of programming
  • 191 e-newsletters
  • Grantwriting Power Hour
  • 214 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
  • Developed a new website 2017
  • Created Seal of Distinction & nternship Program
Check out the other benefits of membership  HERE    If you are interested in joining CVNA, you can access our application form online 

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