You're Invited to Peer Group in 2017
Happy New Year! We have exciting news for the new year--a new peer group. We look forward to beginning the Managers Peer Group on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. The Managers Peer Group will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, from noon to 1 p.m. Area nonprofit professionals in the roles of middle and program management are invited to attend peer group. For more information, or to be added to the invitation list, please email me at, or call 319-774-2375.

Updated Peer Group Schedule:
Executive Directors: 1st Tuesday of the month
Managers: 2nd Wednesday of the month
CFO/Finance: 3rd Thursday of the month
Development: 3rd Tuesday of every other month
Marketing: 4th Tuesday of the month
If you're involved in one of the Nonprofit Network peer groups, thank you for your participation. If you're not, please consider yourself invited. Area nonprofit professionals are invited to attend peer group; lunch is provided at no charge to those who RSVP. Please email or call me for more information about this beneficial networking and learning opportunity.

Stay connected,
Carrie Walker, Nonprofit Network Coordinator
Hiring Soon for New Community Foundation Staff Position
The Community Foundation is hiring a grant director to lead the operational and strategic aspects of our grantmaking. This is a new position intended to provide additional staffing and focus on grants at the Community Foundation. The grant director will be a member of the leadership team and will report to Karla Twedt-Ball, Senior Vice President, Programs and Community Investment. The job description and application information will be available on January 13, with applications due on February 6. 

Reminders & Opportunities!
Community Foundation Announces Winter Grant Cycle
The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation announces its first grant cycle for 2017 for local charitable nonprofits. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, February 15, 2017, and grants will be awarded to organizations that enhance the quality of lifein Linn County.
The Community Foundation accepts grant applications online at The online grant portal will open on Friday, January 20, 2017. More information about funding opportunities, as well as a video tutorial to learn the online application system, can be found at

Community Foundation Pre-App Briefing
Two pre-application grant briefings will be offered to grant writers that will highlight grant opportunities for the year and provide an overview of the application process.  The optional briefings will include discussion of minor changes to the process of uploading documents as a part of the online application, revisions in Organizational Development Fund guidelines, and updates to the Grant Opportunity Chart for 2017.  These will be held on Thursday, January 26, at 6 p.m. and Friday, January 27, at noon at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, 324 3rd St. SE, downtown Cedar Rapids.  Please RSVP to
2017 Nonprofit Summit Organizers Seeking Keynote Speakers
Organizers of the Iowa Nopnrofit Summit are seeking keynote presenters for the 2017 summit scheduled for October 24-25, 2017, in Altoona, Iowa. Speakers who are willing to present one 50- to 60-minute plenary session as well as one, two, or three 75-minute workshop sessions can submit a proposal to be considered by the organizers. Proposals must be submitted by February 1, 2017. Forms and more information here.

Rockwell Collins Volunteer Fair
The Rockwell Collins Women's Forum is hosting a Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, February 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rockwell Collins Rec Center, 400 Collins Road in Cedar Rapids. All area nonprofits are welcome to set-up a booth and introduce Rockwell Collins employees to the exciting ways they can get involved in our community. If you would like a booth at the Volunteer Fair, please email Amber Dietrich at by Friday, February 3. Please provide the name of your organization and your contact information.

Volunteer Iowa Accepting Applications for AmeriCorp VISTA members
Volunteer Iowa is currently accepting applications from organizations interested in hosting a year-long AmeriCorps VISTA member in the following areas: education and/or economic opportunity in rural communities (population under 50,000 and not adjacent to a city over 50,000); and addressing the opioid epidemic. VISTA members provide a year of full-time service conducting capacity building activities for nonprofits, schools, and government organizations. To host a member beginning service in April, applications are due January 13, 2017. To apply, please review information here.

Visit the Nonprofit Network page at for our online calendar.

Upcoming Peer Groups
Please contact  Carrie Walker if you are  interested in finding out more
about  peer groups. These monthly or bi- monthly lunch meetings  provide a great  opportunity to discuss current  issues, discover new ideas, and create peer connections.  Lunch is provided; please RSVP.

*NEW* Wednesday, January 11, 12-1 p.m., Managers Peer Group
Thursday, January 19, 12-1 p.m. CFO/Finance: Learning Opportunity
Tuesday, January 24, 12-1 p.m. Marketing
Tuesday, February 7 , 12-1 p.m. Executive Directors
Tuesday, February 21, 12-1 p.m. Development

Association of Fundraising Professionals
Women in Philanthropy
Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Hills Bank, North Liberty, 590 W. Forevergreen Rd, North Liberty
Presenter: Lois Buntz, President and CEO, United Way of East Central Iowa
Hear about recent trends in women's philanthropy and lessons learned from the United Way national network on Women's Affinity groups. As organizations begin to segment their markets and identify current and future contributors, understanding generational and gender differences is important and helps to develop specific strategy.
Cost: Free members, $25 non-members. Includes lunch.
Register here by Friday, January 6.

Leaders in Volunteerism
Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 12-1:30 p.m.
Hy-Vee Club Room, Oakland Road & 32nd Street, Cedar Rapids
For more details, email

Economic Alliance and the City of Cedar Rapids Special Disaster Education Series: Insurance and Disasters 
Thursday, January 19, 2017, 8-9:30 a.m.
Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, 501 First Street SE, Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids saw the second highest crest of the Cedar River on record in September 2016. The Economic Alliance has teamed up with the City of Cedar Rapids for a multi-part series to explore the various aspects of disaster preparation and planning. Insurance and Disasters will feature a panel discussion with industry experts exploring various aspects of insurance.
Cost: Free
Register here.

CFO Peer Group Learning Opportunity [open to all]
CLA Roundtable: The CFO/Finance and Board Treasurer Relationship
Thursday, January 19, 2017, 12-1:30 p.m.
Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, Foundation Hall,  324 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids
Presenter: David Little, CLA
Overview of the roles of governance and management. Explore the relationship between board and staff leadership. Beneficial for board treasurers and CFO/Finance nonprofit employees to attend, especially if you are able to attend together.
RSVP here.

Starting an Iowa Charitable Nonprofit
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
University of Iowa Boyd Law Building, room 275
Workshop for persons organizing large and small nonprofits. Information and assistance with forms required to obtain tax exemption, EIN, and related requirements.
Presenter: Richard Koontz, Director, Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center.
Cost: $50
Registration and more information here.
January 2017
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