CVNA's Seal of Distinction Program

The Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association recognizes that not all internship programs are created equally. As such, the CVNA has created a Seal of Distinction for exceptional internship programs.  This recognition is designed to give more visibility to your organization and your internship opportunities to students seeking an internship.  This program is implemented partnership with the University of Northern Iowa's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program.   Benefits of Receiving CVNA's Seal of Distinction:   
  • Use of the CVNA's Seal of Distinction on your internship materials, websites, etc.
  • Listing on CVNA website as having a recognized internship program
  • Listing on UNI's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association's website as having a recognized internship program
  • Participation in the Nonprofit-Explor-A-Ganza event held every Spring
  • Opportunity to come to a NLA Student Association meeting to recruit interns
  • Opportunity to come to Leisure, Youth and Human Services Seminar class (where students select location for the 560 hour internship for the following semester) to recruit interns
  • Access to the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance's Internship in a Box
For more information and to apply for this distinction, please click here.
Job Openings

Job Title: Jail & Prison Ministry Assistant Coordinator

Jail & Prison Ministry Assistant Coordinator  will build community relationships in order to train and provide supervision to volunteers who serve as mentors and support group members to those who have recently been released from jail or prison. This position requires travel throughout the western region of the Archdiocese in order to advocate the program and recruit clients and volunteers. This position  requires a Bachelor's degree, relevant experience in the correctional system and volunteer coordination preferred. Email resume and cover letter to

J ob Title:  Coordinator

The Otto Schoitz Foundation is recruiting a qualified individual to serve as its full-time Coordinator.  Paid staff for the Foundation consists of the Executive Director/CEO and the Coordinator.  As a result, responsibilities of the Coordinator are varied, consisting of basic office duties along with professional grant-related functions.  See the Foundation Coordinator Position Description  here.

Qualified applicants, please forward cover letter and resume to by October 25, 2018.  No phone calls please.
Save the dates for the following upcoming CVNA programming:
  • The next GrantWriting Power Hour date has been changed from November 13th to Monday, November 5th. More information and registration in next newsletter on October 22nd.
  • Legislative Forum Friday, December 7th from 8-9:30am. Registration information will be in next newsletter on October 22nd. 
Request For Proposal 

E ach fall, the UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association requests proposals from nonprofit organizations who have a service partnership idea. Through these partnerships, groups of students provide service to our partner organizations, including assistance in planning and implementing events, delivering programs, and improving and/or developing new resources.

These partnerships not only infuse resources into the organizations but also provide our students with unique, hands-on learning experiences as they continue to broaden their understanding of the work of nonprofit organizations. We are currently accepting proposals for these service partnership ideas, and proposals will be due back to us no later than October 19th [read more...]
Leverage Your Legacy 

Community in Motion: Leverage Your Leadership, Wednesday, October 10th from 9am - 4 pm @ Greenbrier School, 1554 Oakwood Dr., Waterloo. Free Admission & lunch included. 
Presenter and facilitator, Daryl Fort, National MVP Strategies trainer,  will be leading the group through several activities designed to increase your leadership capacity to effectively promote caring communities and bu ild stronger, healthier relationships [ read more... ]
This training is funded by the Schoitz Foundation in partnership with the Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa.  Please click here to RSVP.

National Philanthropy Day┬«, nationally recognized each year in November, acknowledges the entire spectrum of services provided by the nonprofit community and recognizes the profound impact that philanthropy has on the fabric of society. And, each year AFP honors individuals and groups who, through their hard work and dedication, have enhanced philanthropy, their communities and the world.   More details can be found at .

Mark you calendar to attend this year's National Philanthropy Day recognition luncheon on Thursday, November 8, 11:30am, at Hilton Garden Inn, Cedar Falls, IA.  
Volunteer Management Conference 

Join us on October 24 for a fun, engaging volunteer management conference from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm in Urbana!   Cost is $25.00 for the full day session, including lunch! $5.00 discount available if you have current volunteer opportunities posted to the VCCV's Get Connected site.  Click here to register!

Together with the United Way of East Central Iowa, the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley will lead a hybrid volunteer management conference titled "Leading the Way, Not Managing the Day". We'll gather at Clickstop in Urbana (about 30 minutes from Waterloo) to participate in the virtual streaming event that will consist of 30-minute presentations followed by a moderated discussion with other presenters (think Ted talk meets late night tv). Questions and conversation with audience members from across the country included! Here's a rundown on the presenters:
  • Heidi Jakop, CVA, will share examples, steps, and opportunities for cultivating and empowering leadership in your volunteers and engaging a diversely talented team in her "Leading from Behind" session.  
  • Beth Steinhorn will use real-life examples and share tips on how to get a seat at the leadership table and shift from managing volunteers to instead, serving as an internal consultant to support staff from across the organization in effectively engaging and supporting volunteers. Her session is titled "Getting a Seat at the Table: How Your Peers Went from Coordinator to Director and from a Do-er to an Influencer". 
  • Angela Williamson, CVA, will bring ideas and take away points that the learner can implement that moment or the next day to either save them time, create larger capacity of volunteering in their organization, or empower them to add volunteers in their own work. Her presentation is titled "How I've Learned to Lead My Way and Take Charge of My Day".
Economic Inclusion Summary
Keep up-to-date with what's going on with our State Representatives & Legislative team (not all represented)

Walt Rogers           Iowa Capital Report
Sandy Salmon        Ras Smith
Bob Kressig         
 In our first 5 years we have: (continually being updated)
  • 81 member organizations
  • 6 investors
  • 1,822 program registrations
  • 193 hours of programming
  • 194 e-newsletters
  • Grantwriting Power Hour
  • 217 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 & nternship Program
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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