Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 157
May 8, 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.
Marketing Meet-Up...

Bring your lunch and join us at The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa's Community room from  noon to 1 p.m.  on  Thursday, June 8  for another Marketing Meet Up. Zach Everman and Devin Harschnek, creative producers from Pixel Labs in Cedar Falls, will be joining us to talk about video production. Topics will include:
  • Basics of video production
  • Resources you can use to learn more
  • Inexpensive video and audio recording gear suggestions
  • Brief social media strategy for video
To see some of Pixel Lab's work, go to  www.thepixellab.co.
We hope you can join us to learn from these two industry professionals. 

Marketing Meet Up events are free for CVNA members. Non-member may attend one session for free, and $25 per session after that.   Click here to RSVP.  
C lick here 
to learn how to become a CVNA member.
Community Eve nts...
Letter carriers walk through our community every day, often coming face-to-face with a sad reality that far too many face: hunger. But you can change that. 

On  Saturday, May 13th , the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will collect food donations to provide assistance to the millions of Americans who are struggling with hunger.  Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the  Stamp Out Hunger  food drive is the  nation's largest single-day food drive , having collected more than one billion pounds of food since its inception as a national food drive in 1993.  
You can leave a nonperishable food donation in a bag near your mailbox and your letter carrier or a volunteer will make sure it gets delivered to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank for distribution in the community.

If you are interested in driving around a route or two with a letter carrier on  Saturday, May 13th, click here.

See You at the Summit...
For Your Viewing Pleasure...
Internationally recognized documentary film "The Voiceless" produced by graduate student Vanessa McNeal is now available to human services organizations.  

The film features the stories of five male survivors of sexual violence.  This unique documentary explores culture, taboos, intersectionality and the impact sexual violence has on male survivors.  The film was funded by the UNI Provost Office and UNI's Center for Violence Prevention. 

The film released last week and for more information please go to: thevoicelessdocumentary.com and  vanessamcneal.com

Member Spotlight...
The Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau promotes the region as a premier destination, welcoming visitors with a personal touch in order to generate jobs, tax revenues, and, thus an exceptional quality of life for area residents.  
There is so much to see and do, so go ahead and dig deeper in Waterloo!  Downtown museum district. Arts and culture at its finest. Riverside amphitheatre. Miles of trails. Iowa's largest waterpark. Big green tractors. Casino fun. Return to some of your favorites or discover something new in Waterloo.

Dig the great outdoors, a girlfriend getaway, or exciting sports action. 106 miles of recreational trails. Canoeing and kayaking. Antiques and funky junk. Specialty shops and boutiques. Sporting events of all types. Golfing and ice skating. You'll find there are plenty of ways to play when you visit Waterloo.

We dig events big and small. Group tours. Meetings and conventions. Class, family and military reunions. Weddings and receptions. Whatever your event may be, the Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau will work with you to ensure it's a success. We will personally assist you in creating a one-of-a-kind experience for you and your guests.

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

Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau has been a valued member of the CVNA since 2012-- 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. 

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.

Board Roles and Responsibilities May 30, 2017 from noon - 1 p.m.

Discussion of what good governance looks like, including five questions that guide the work of a board.  

About the presenter Beverly Bushyhead
Beverly is responsible for planning, managing and delivering NAF's high quality and responsive training programming.  She earned two Master's Degrees in Nonprofit Management and Public Administration at Hamline University.Beverly serves on the Urban Indian Advisory Board appointed by the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and the Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council (CECLC) appointed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services commissioner.She is a James P. Shannon Leadership Institute alumnus.   Register

Fundraising Bright Spots: The Secrets of Successful Fundraising from Individuals.

A single director of development not working for you? This extraordinary webinar provides a bird's-eye view of how a successful nonprofit "culture of philanthropy" works.   The webinar starts with a review of the distinguishing characteristics of 16 grassroots progressive organizations that are also uniquely successful fundraisers. It goes on to feature Ari Wohlfeiler and Melinda Wiggins, representatives from two of those organizations; their groups may be small, but they're chock-full of fundraisers. The discoveries they made provide a goldmine of guidance to other nonprofits.

About the Speaker:  Jeanne Bell is the Chief Executive Officer at CompassPoint. As CEO, Jeanne leads an integrated practice of twenty-four people who use teaching, coaching, consulting, peer learning, and research to advance social equity work in the Bay Area, throughout California, and across the country. She is a leading thinker and engaging national speaker on nonprofit finance and strategy.

Please click here to watch this webinar in full.
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
  • 6 investors
  • 1,380 program registrations
  • 87 hours of programming
  • 157 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 167 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
  • June 1st - Lean Experimentation
  • June 8th - Marketing Meet-Up
  • 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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