Transformative Strategies for Engaging Individuals in Your Mission

Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa

Searching for ways to increase your organizational capacity? Or grow your funding base?  Or increase commitment to your organization?

Research shows us that these are all outcomes that occur when organizations have meaningful, integrated, and well-designed opportunities for volunteers.

Please join us for a lively session with nine nonprofit leaders who are implementing new strategies to engage volunteers and get new results.

First, they'll make the case for why it's time for a new way of thinking about volunteer engagement.  Next, each panelist will share a provocative idea gathered at the National Volunteer Summit about what it takes to go from good to great in volunteer engagement.

Presenters include:  
Lauren Finke - Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley, Michelle Hall - Friends of the Family, Niki Litzel - The Salvation Army, Dotti Thompson - Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, Dan Bohnker and Jess Haring - Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Jordan Kruger - Cedar Bend Humane Society, Jamie Willer - Luthern Services in Iowa, and Stacy Van Gorp - RJ McElroy Trust.

Please click here to register for another great CVNA event.  

Legislative Forum

Please join us for this years 6th annual Legislative Forum.  If you have questions or concerns you would like addressed to our Legislative panel, please email them ahead of time to

Date/Time: Friday, December 1st from  8-9:30 a.m.
Location:    Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa
                   3117 Greenhill Circle  Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
Cost:          Free to CVNA members; $25 non-members

This is a great venue to have your voice heard and is offered to all CVNA members.  If space is available, we will open up registration for non-members. Please  click here  to register for this great forum.  Deadline to register is Wednesday, November 29, 2017.  

Marketing Meet Up

Join us for a meet and learn hosted by the CVNA Marketing Group and Strategic Imaging.
October 26, 2017 from 5-6 p.m.
4024 Alexandra Drive, Waterloo 50702.      
Enjoy an hour of drinks and eats, PLUS see examples of annual appeals, and how you can make your piece unique to your non-profit and your donors.

Please click here to register for this fun event.

Sector Solutions Series

Mixing Business with Passion
Barbara P. Prather, Executive Director-Northeast Iowa Food Bank
October 2017

When I graduated from college with a Business degree, I didn't have much experience, so I went to work at a church. It was fine for a while, but I knew there was more out there for me and I always wanted to run my own business. In 1992, I entered the nonprofit world in Washington, DC at the Capital Area Food Bank. At the time, I was just looking for a change of pace and something different. What I found was a passion for helping people and an opportunity to run a business.

It was the early 1990's. My impression was people, who were hired in the nonprofit world, were social workers and they had passion. What I have learned is that as nonprofits grow and develop, the people they need must have strong skills, passion and accountability. And this includes skills from the business world.

Now everything isn't about strict business policies, systems and the bottom line. While all of that is important you need to balance that with the social side of helping people. Borrowing business practices helps us help people better. Accountability is the most important item you can have in a nonprofit organization. Accountability and compliance take up a lot of my time, but they add so much value to what we do.

Many people think the Food Bank and our programs just give food to people. While this is the end result, what sometimes gets missed is the systems that must be managed and in place in order to make that happen.  Annually, you need to have a financial audit, every few years our government programs go through their own separate audits, every two years Feeding America does a two day inspection and every two years the American Institute of Baking comes in to do a food safety audit. And behind each of these are
questions you have to be prepared to answer and documentation you must have available for inspection. All of which has to be balanced with the crisis or the need the person, who requires our services, has when they walk in our door.

Did I just know this when I started down this path? No, it has all been learned. But my business degree and graduate nonprofit work, helped give me a background for learning and understanding. And over the years, the people we have hired one, have passion, but they have certain skills we are looking for to help us accomplish our mission. Our Marketing Person has a degree in Entrepreneurship and Marketing; the Accounting and HR Manager has her CPA and our Inventory Person has a degree in Supply Chain and
Operations Management.

I have learned over the years that if you are going to be successful you have to have the people with the right skills to do the job, but they also need passion. The Food Bank is a distribution system and runs like a business-you need the systems in place and the people with the skills behind that to make sure it runs efficiently. So the place to look for people isn't just the Social Work or Family Services Departments at Colleges and Universities. It is more than likely all departments at Colleges and Universities. As a
director, I need people with strong passion and strong skills. And with that you never know where

The fine print:  The items in this series will be marked as editorial/opinion and do not reflect an endorsement or official position of Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association or its sponsors/investors. We reserve the right not to publish editorials that are designed be inflammatory or discriminatory.  
Community Events

Save the Date for Our
Celebration of Community 
Friday, November 3
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn
Join us at our Celebration of Community event as we celebrate the successes created when generous people, nonprofits, and community leaders come together to carry out a "here for good" philosophy. 
This fun and social occasion is a great opportunity to mingle with other community-minded people and gain a better understanding of the work of CFNEIA across our 20-county region. 

The event includes a hosted bar and appetizers along with a short program beginning at 5:45 p.m. to acknowledge our partners who are making good things happen in their communities.  Please click here to register for this great event.

November 6-7,  2017 Education Summit -  Designed for teachers, university faculty, policymakers, and other education stakeholders, UNI's 2017 Education Summit will explore the opportunities and challenges of education in the 21st century. The Summit will feature presentations, panels, and dialogue sessions led by state, regional, and national experts, including scholars and practitioners. Strands will include:
  • diversity and cultural competence
  • social-emotional learning
  • personalized and blended learning, and
  • community engagement and partnerships
Keynote speakers for the 2017 Ed Summit will include  LeDerick Horne and   Lisa Delpit. Breakout session presenters will represent institutions of higher education in Iowa and nationwide, Iowa school districts and AEAs, and education policy organizations.
The Summit will take place at Maucker Union, UNI.  For more details and to register for this great opportunity, please 

AFP-Northeast Iowa chapter honors individuals and groups who, through their hard work and dedication, have enhanced philanthropy, their communities and the worl
d through nominations by community members!

This year's National Philanthropy Day recognition luncheon is Thursday, November 9, 11:30amat Hilton Garden Inn, Cedar Falls, IA.
RSVP for the luncheon HERE.

The luncheon will feature special guest emcee Steve Carignan- Executive Director Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center and keynote address by Abby Turpin - KWWL.

Job Opportunities 

Job Title:  Program Supervisor (LSI is offering a $1,500 sign on bonus)

If you have a passion for making a positive change in your community, LSI is looking for you. Our Bremwood Residential Treatment Center in Waverly has a long history of serving trauma-impacted kids in Iowa. LSI is looking for a compassionate, dedicated full-time Program Supervisor to empower these children toward success.

Our Program Supervisors spend each day working directly with children on our campus, providing them with the safe and positive environment they need to thrive. This role is responsible for coordinating and supervising specific residential programs, activities, and staff to ensure consistent adherence to structure, policies, and procedures.  
  • A Bachelor's degree in Social Work or a social science-related field, plus two years of full-time work related experience.            
  •  Master's degree in Social Work, with one year of full-time work related experience
  • A Master's degree in Psychology or Counseling, with two years of full-time work related experience.
For more details on this position, please click here.

Job Title:  Executive Director

North Star Community Services is a private, not-for- profit organization that provides adult day services and community living services to individuals with a variety of disabilities including developmental disabilities, mental illness, traumatic brain injury and age-related disabilities.

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the organization, the implementation of the mission, and adherence to values and guiding principles.   To apply for this position, please click here

Job Title:  Community Outreach Coordinator

The Community Outreach Coordinator is responsible for implementing successful fundraising events to meet revenue goals and community outreach activities to increase public awareness for Alzheimer's disease in the northern territory of the Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter.  Visit our website at for more detailed information and to apply online.
 In our first 5 years we have: (continually being updated)
  • 75 member organizations
  • 6 investors
  • 1,441 program registrations
  • 168 hours of programming
  • 169 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 187 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
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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