Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. Edition 190, August 13, 2018
|ALICE Project Presentation Follow-UP
Thank you to everyone who attended the ALICE presentation last week. Deann Cook has shared the links to the
for your review.
Also, in follow-up to the Data & Stories presentation, Dr. Lehman has shared
City Health Dashboard
links. Both of these provide complimentary data to what was reported regarding ALICE.
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
to RSVP by August 9th.
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,
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.
Volunteer Engagement Best Practices
Lauren Finke, Niki Litzel and Kelsey Umthun recently attended the Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administrators Volunteer Engagement Conference and will lead a conversation about their favorite takeaways from the training.
Come listen to best practices, new ideas, and unique ways to engage the community in your volunteer efforts on August 22, 2018 from 12- 1 p.m. at the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. Please click here to RSVP. Free for members; $25 non-members.
|Free Webinar Opportunities
Tuesday, August 21st, 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Do you have a clear picture of all your constituents and relationships you maintain? For small and developing nonprofits, relationships are the lifeblood of their mission, with resources probably being a close second. In this webinar with Idealware, we're digging into these relationships, along with CRM strategies and tips that can connect and cultivate the people that matter most to your mission.
CRM Integration Basics for Nonprofits
Thursday, September 6th, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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.
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
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,
We are seeking nominations for the following categories:
Gift of the Heart - Philanthropy
Gift of the Heart - Legacy
Gift of the Heart - Governance
Gift of the Heart - Community Partnerships
Gift of the Heart - Youth
To read more descriptions on each category and to see a list of past recipients, please
Save the date for the luncheon being held on November 8th!
We look forward to seeing you at the Nonprofit Institute on
October 11th, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Des Moines Public Library located at 1000 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309.
The Nonprofit Learning Lab approaches all our trainings with an understanding that nonprofit professionals have a base of knowledge and are seeking out additional information and guidance to more effectively operate in their roles. We provide trainings that offer practical strategies to help nonprofits be more effective in their overall management. Hear what past participants have to say about our trainings
Keep up-to-date with what's going on with our State Representatives & Legislative team
(not all represented)
In our first 5 years we have: (continually being updated)
- 81 member organizations
- 6 investors
- 1,720 program registrations
- 186 hours of programming
- 190 e-newsletters
- Grantwriting Power Hour
- 210 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
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