Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 156
April 24, 2017
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Lean Experimentation Workshop...

What:   Lean Experimentation Workshop -   Agile, Lean, Sprints and Radical Transparency:  Launching a Nonprofit with Tools from the World of Tech Start-ups
When:  June 1, 2017 from 8-9:30 a.m.
Where: Philanthropy Center (US Bank Bldg., 425 Cedar Street, Waterloo)
Cost:  Free of  CVNA Members: $25 non-members

Technology companies have changed the way all businesses work.  Email, social media, and cloud based computing (to name a few), dominate our workplaces .  But, the tech sector's practice, not just their products, are influencing the way that companies manage their employees, their work flow and their strategies.

At our June 1 meeting, we'll be joined by one of Iowa's notable technology leaders an d successful nonprofit founders,  Eric Engelmann.  Eric f ounded  Geonetric  in 1999.  Today, Eric is a co-founder and the Executive Director of  NewBoCo  in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  NewBoCo's mission is accelerate world changing ideas, from Iowa.

Eric transferred the strategies and techniques of the tech sector into the DNA of  NewBoCo.  NewBoCo, founded in 2014, is one of the region's fastest growing nonprofits doubling and tripling their gross revenue, program offerings, and clients in just a few years.  Hyper-growth has been accomplished by employing tools borrowed from the technology and start-up worlds.  These methods reward experimentation, fast-failure, clear communication, employee engagement and transparency.

Come to the session to hear Eric's start-up story, and to discover how these innovative tactics could transform the way you think of management and planning.

Eric Engelmann founded Geonetric in 1999, and presently works as the Executive Director of NewBoCo in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  He's a board member at  Scrum Alliance , the  Technology Association of Iowa , and  GO Cedar Rapids .

Please click here to RSVP for this great workshop.
Grant Gurus...

Please join Grant Gurus on May 8, 2017 from  11:30 am - 12:30 pm  at the Philanthropy Center (US Bank Building  425 Cedar Street, Waterloo). 
JJ Trotta,  Eastern Iowa Director of  Variety - The Children's Charity of Iowa will be our guest speaker.  Variety raises $4.1 MILLION for Iowa children. The funds raised by Variety will be used to support children throughout the state of Iowa.
Job Openings...
Job  Title:  Driver/Warehouse

The Pickup and Delivery Driver's primary duties include driving Food Bank vehicles for the purposes of picking up donations and delivering products to agencies and programs. Additional duties will include, but not be limited to, warehouse functions.  High School.diploma or equivalent, minimum 2 years experience similar to Food Bank position.

Job Title:  Group Volunteer Coordinator

This position helps oversee the Northeast Iowa Food Bank's volunteer program, including recruiting, training and supervising volunteer team leaders and volunteer groups. The position works closely with all departments of the Food Bank including the Operations, Programs, Development and Administrative teams. Hours will be Tuesday - Thursday from 11:00AM - 8:30PM, Friday from 7:30AM - 2:00PM, and Saturday from 8:00AM - 3:30PM.  

Bachelor's degree preferred; Experience will be taken into consideration; Preference given to previous volunteer coordination and food warehouse experience 

Please click here for more detailed information on these positions and n how to apply. 
Member Spotlight...
Alternatives Pregnancy Center opened its doors in 1991. We have grown to a full-time staff of three, approximately twenty volunteers, various volunteer groups, and a volunteer board of directors.  We have hosted interns with a variety of majors from colleges in the area.

In that time, the Lord has brought over 12,600 women through our doors to share Christ's love and forgiveness.  We've provided our clients with thousands of free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and material items.  We've supported couples through the adoption process and assisted many others on their journey to become successful parents.

Alternatives offers on-going support through our Caring Connection and Father's Fraternity programs. These programs help you prepare for parenthood and are available throughout pregnancy until your baby is six months old.  Our advocates will meet with you one on one every other week for approximately one hour.  

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

Alternatives Pregnancy Center has been a valued member of the CVNA since 2016-- thank you for your continued support.
Webinar Opportunities...

Accidental Techie: How to Support Your Nonprofit Without an IT Background

Nearly every small nonprofit has a staffer who stumbled into being the go-to techie around the office. They often have little training-just a good head for technology and the patience to deal with the many issues that come up in a busy office.   Are you one of these "accidental techies"? This course is designed to give you a boost-in knowledge, resources, and confidence-to help you embrace your role and thrive as an intentional techie. Over three weeks, we'll show you how to get through the big and small IT issues that most nonprofits face.

Course Schedule:   All sessions take place on Thursdays at 12 pm CST and last for 90 minutes.

April 27: Hardware Infrastructure Basics
Computers, printers, phones, routers-there are a lot of gadgets that can turn glitchy. This session will cover the basics you need to know about the various pieces of hardware in a typical office and review common troubleshooting techniques to keep them up and running. We'll also look at what you need to know to network computers, keep them connected, and reliably back up files. 

May 4: Managing Software and Security
How do you decide what software to choose when there are hundreds of options, each with their own unique features? And once you've chosen a software package, how do you manage it so that your organization gets what it needs and is protected from security threats? We'll answer these questions and more by reviewing frameworks to choose and administer your organization's software.  

May 11: The Human Side of Technology
IT isn't just IT. A big part of the job is working directly with people-both to fix small problems and undertake long-term planning. We'll help you develop strategies for leading large-scale technology projects and pass on tips from our own in-house IT expert on the best ways to work one-on-one with your colleagues.

Please click here to register.  As a CVNA member you have are eligible for the discounted rate,  Please email Holly for the member only access code.
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 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


Please click here for the most updated information on Ras Smith

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 In our first two years we have: (continually being updated)
  • 75 member organizations
  • 5 investors
  • 1,380 program registrations
  • 87 hours of programming
  • 156 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 165 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
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CVNA Meeting Dates
CVNA is pleased to announce the topics of our upcoming education events for the year ahead:  2017
  • May 8th - Grant Gurus
  • June 1st - Lean Experimentation
  • June 14 - CVNA 5 Year Celebration
  • June 22nd - Grant Gurus
  • August 3rd - Board Engagement
  • September 28th - Grant Gurus
  • October 5th - Effective Meeting Planning Design
  • December 1st - Legislative Forum
There will also be some added"special training" presentations for 2017 so for  the most updated
information please visit our resources section and stay tuned to our web-site for additional information.
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