Sector Solutions

The value of mercy in the heart of a nonprofit exec
by Ali Parrish, Executive Director, Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity

I have learned in my life that showing mercy and compassion to others flows freely when it comes as a
response to the mercy and compassion you know and understand that you've received. More simply
stated: mercy comes from mercy.  So, what is mercy? Put simply, I suggest mercy equals compassion and love...and not just feelings and emotions, but actions expressed in tangible ways.  When I see mercy put into action, I have a front row seat as I experience the joy associated with seeing
families whose lives are transformed by partnering with Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity. Stories of transformation abound. I know we are doing more than just building houses - many other entities can do that. We are walking with women and men, our neighbors and friends, who may be in despair, who may think they are nothing, and helping them discover that they are something [read more...]

*If you would like to share a story like this or write an article for this Sector Solution section, please email Holly.*
Tax-Efficient WaysTo Give - TOMORROW!

Join us for a one hour Lunch and Learn presented by Self-Help International Board Treasurer, Deb Giarusso, on ways you can maximize your tax benefits from charitable giving despite the new tax laws on Tuesday, February 12 from noon - 1pm at the Waverly Public Library, 1500 W Bremer Ave. 

You can either bring your own lunch or purchase a sandwich meal provided by Self-Help from Jimmy Johns for $7.50.  To register, please call 319-352-4040 or register online here .

Deb Giarusso is currently an Instructor of Finance at the University of Northern Iowa and the portfolio manager of a privately held equity investment fund. 

Webinar Opportunities

Project Management Webinar this Thursday, February 14, 2019 from noon - 1pm.

We're doing a Project Management webinar which will teach people all the basics for managing tech projects, including software implementation projects. The webinar is pay-what-you-wish and it's *totally fine* to pay zero. Registration

Nominations Please

The Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley is accepting nominations now through Friday, March 1st  for the 2019 Mayors' Volunteer Awards and Top Teen Volunteer Awards. The awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to service through volunteerism in the Cedar Valley.

The Mayors' Volunteer Awards honor the exemplary contributions of individuals ages 19 and older who dedicate their time and talent to volunteerism in Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Evansdale and surrounding communities in Black Hawk County.

The Mayors' Top Teen Awards honor youth ages 13-18 attending a school in Black Hawk County. The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa also selects one junior from each of the accredited high schools in Black Hawk County to receive the $1000 Mother Moon Service Scholarship.

All nominees and recipients will be recognized at special events on April 9 at the Diamond Event Center in Cedar Falls.  Nominations can be submitted  online .  Questions? Email  [email protected] !
Empty Bowls  10th Anniversary Fundraiser & Benefit Night

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank's 10th Empty Bowls event is happening March 29, 2019, from 6:00PM until 9:30PM at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo, Iowa.
Get your tickets today!

The event will include a live auction, silent auction, live music, a soup buffet, raffle drawings all night long, as well as an update on what hunger initiatives look like in northeast Iowa in 2019. 

Empty Bowls is an effort from artists, volunteers, businesses, students, restaurants, food-lovers, and ALL of northeast Iowa dedicated to alleviating hunger in our 16 county service area. All are welcome, and trust us, you DON'T want to miss this year's auction and raffle opportunities, we have quite a few surprises lined up for you.

Calling all Monopoly board game lovers in the Cedar Valley! The JobFoundation is hosting a Valleyopoly Game Night! Valleyopoly is a monopoly-style board game customized to
highlight businesses in the Cedar Valley. 

The Valleyopoly Game Night will take place on Thursday, March 28,
2019 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Elks Club located at 407 East Park Avenue, Waterloo. Tickets are $20 per person.  To learn more about Valleyopoly and to purchase tickets, please click here
 In our first 7 years we have: (continually being updated)
  • 83 member organizations
  • 6 investors
  • 1,996 program registrations
  • 205 hours of programming
  • 203 e-newsletters
  • Grantwriting Power Hour
  • 228 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 & Premier Internship Program
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