Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector.
, November 6
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.
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.
to register for another great CVNA event.
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.
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
to register for this great forum. Deadline to register is Wednesday, November 29, 2017.
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 this
Thursday, November 9, 11:30am, 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.
UNI Program Opportunities
Clients sought for UNI courses in workplace communication:
UNI courses in workplace communication during the spring 2018 semester are in need of individual and organizational clients who wish to have print and digital publications created, e.g., newsletters, brochures, flyers, proposals, report documents, websites and exhibition storyboards. For more information, contact
YMCA Needs Your Help
At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. The Family YMCA of Black Hawk County has listened and responded to the Cedar Valley's critical social needs since its founding 150 years ago, and we're determined to keep doing so.
We are working with YMCA of the USA, our national office, to conduct a community needs assessment. Based on this community needs assessment, the Y will design and deliver new programs and services that address critical issues in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. In order to design services that are community focused, we must assess the needs of more than our current program participants and facility users. We are seeking partners that will assist the Y in distributing an on-line survey to a wider audience than we currently have access to.
Below you will find a sample email/link you could use for distributing the survey. We would greatly appreciate your support in sharing this survey with as many people as possible.
Sample Communication to Use for Distribution to Your Constituents
We are working with the Family YMCA of Black Hawk County to support a community needs assessment they are conducting and we would like your input. In order to design services that are community focused, the Y would like to hear from the entire Cedar Valley community and we have agreed to distribute this survey to our constituents. Based on this community needs assessment, the Y, in partnerships with others, will design and deliver new programs and services that address critical issues in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
will take you to a short on-line survey. Responses are not individually tracked and are kept confidential. The assessment should take no more than 5 minutes to complete and the results will be compiled into an executive summary that will be shared with our community partners.
Please join us in learning about the Cedar Valley, so that the YMCA and other organizations, can best address the needs facing our community.
In our first 5 years we have: (continually being updated)
- 75 member organizations
- 6 investors
- 1,471 program registrations
- 170 hours of programming
- 170 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
If you are interested in joining CVNA, you can access our application form online
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