July 2021
Important Summer Nonprofit Network News
The Nonprofit Network will welcome back in-person peer groups in August! A reminder that we do not host peer groups in July. I can't wait to see you all and give you the space to reconnect with peers!

Each July, the Nonprofit Network requests your feedback regarding the activities and resources of the Nonprofit Network. Since last year was so unusual, we didn't feel a formal survey was the best option in 2021. So, please use the link here to send us your thoughts!

Lastly, our Nonprofit Party is back! In previous years we have utilized this celebration to honor nonprofit professionals who make their nonprofits and our community a better place. In that spirit, we are proud to announce the Spirit of Minnie Rubek recognition. Each nonprofit will have an opportunity to submit an honoree for the Spirit of Minnie Rubek recognition. See below or our online information here for all the details and reach out if you have questions!

The Community Foundation has released the 2020 Annual Report "Now More Than Ever." Take a look here!

Stay connected,
Carrie Walker, Nonprofit Network Manager
319-774-2375 (work voice mail)
319-360-3950 (mobile)
News for Nonprofits
Nonprofit Party at the Park Returns in September
The Community Foundation will host the Nonprofit Party at the Park on Thursday, September 9, 2021, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Wanatee Park's Prairie Oak Lodge in Marion. The Nonprofit Party at the Museum was held in 2019 at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, but 2020's event was cancelled due to the pandemic. We look forward to celebrating our nonprofit community with you in September! Find more information here.
Linn County Nonprofits Invited to Submit Honorees by August 3 for the Spirit of Minnie Rubek Recognition
The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation continues to honor the legacy of Minnie Rubek through this year's recognition program for nonprofit professionals celebrated at the Nonprofit Party at the Park on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

Minnie Rubek was an unsung heroine of our community. She worked as a member of the housekeeping staff at Interstate Power and Light for many years. Upon her passing, she left her estate to the Community Welfare Fund—the predecessor of the Community Foundation—in what was a transformative gift for the organization and the greater community. Her work and dedication over many years made a lasting, albeit quiet, impact on the community as a whole.

The Spirit of Minnie Rubek recognition honors a nonprofit employee (leader or staff member) or founder of a Linn County nonprofit organization who has gone “above and beyond” in their commitment and dedication to their organization and its mission, thereby enhancing the overall effectiveness of the organization. They exhibit the spirit of Minnie Rubek in their nonprofit work.

Each organization should submit one person to honor at the Nonprofit Party at the Park. Please note, this is not a selection process. Upon review, each submission will be included on the recognition list. Honorees will receive a lapel pin and certificate, as well as recognition at the Nonprofit Party at the Park and in Community Foundation marketing activities. Please provide a headshot of the honoree with your submission. Our goal is to highlight the outstanding and essential work of our Linn County nonprofit professionals.

Send the form here and a headshot by email to carrie.walker@gcrcf.org by Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. to be included in the recognition list.

Community Foundation's Safe, Equitable & Thriving Communities Fund To Issue RFP on July 15
The Community Foundation’s Creating Safe, Equitable & Thriving Communities Fund will be issuing a Request for Proposals on July 15. Proposals are requested from organizations committed to the implementation of Group Violence Intervention (GVI) in Cedar Rapids. GVI, developed by the National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC), is an evidence-based approach that creates a network of care for those most impacted by violence. A total of $200,000 in funding is available for 1-3 organizations/collaborations to launch, implement, and sustain the support and outreach components of GVI. The specific activities to be funded, as well as work sessions and deadline information, can be found on the Community Foundation website here.

Derecho Storm & COVID-19 Nonprofit News & Resources
Training Opportunities
If you are not on the email list and would like to be added, or are not receiving emails, please contact Carrie Walker at carrie.walker@gcrcf.org. All meetings held virtual on Zoom until further notice.

All five peer groups do not meet in July. Peer groups resume in August! Watch for more information about our hybrid model that will begin in August. (Lunch returns as an option!)
Tuesday, July 13, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery, 1441 Marak Rd NW, Swisher

October 5-7, 2021
When we receive job openings from local nonprofits, we post them on the Nonprofit Network LinkedIn page.
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