Programs & Events
that you won't want to miss!
A Conversation on Nonprofit Advocacy

When: Thursday, January 27th, 2022, 9:00am-10:30am
Where: Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, Community Room

Join us for a conversation with Barb Prather, Executive Director at Northeast Iowa Food Bank and Dave Stone, Advocacy Officer at United Way of Central Iowa about the importance of advocacy work for nonprofits.

CEO Network

When: Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022, 3:00pm-4:00pm
Where: Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, Community Room

If you’re a CEO/ Executive Director of a service providing organization (not grantmaking organization), we’d love for you to join our CEO Network!

The purpose of this network is to build stronger relationships, explore new partnerships, share expertise and solve community issues. There will not be a formal agenda or presentation. You, as CEOs, will build the agenda the day of the meeting to address pertinent & timely topics.

Marketing Network Meet-Up!

When: Tuesday, February 8th, 2022, Noon-1:00pm
Where: It's Virtual!

Join other marketing professionals for this monthly meet-up to discuss marketing-specific topics, strategies, issues, success, etc.! The goal of this group is to build a community of marketing professionals to support one another from month to month!

These regular meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of every month from Noon-1:00pm, virtually. An link to join will be emailed to you ahead of the meeting.

GrantWriting Power Hour

When: Tuesday, February 15th, 2022
Where: It's Virtual!

GrantWriting Power Hour is ready to kick off 2022 and is inviting you to its first virtual workshop of the year on February 15th, 2022! Please RSVP using the link below, and a link to join the session virtually will be shared with you!

All GWPH events for the 2022 year have been added to the CVNA Website! Please take a look at our Upcoming Events page to learn about these opportunities and more for the 2022 year!

CVNA's 2022 Program Line Up
Stay tuned THIS month for a special announcement of 2022 programming!
Community News & Events
Join The Central Iowa Grant Professionals (GPA) Chapter at their January Meeting!

The Central Iowa Grant Professionals Association (GPA) Chapter is extending an invitation to join their January meeting to learn from guest speaker, Diane Leonard.

Date: January 18th, 2022 from 9:00-10:00am
Location: Zoom (please register below) 
Meeting Topic: “How to Level Up Your Grant Calendars, Grant Strategy, and Grant Teams.” In the presentation, Diane Leonard will address how to create a grant strategy and grant calendar using a variety of facilitation techniques and tools that also allow you to effectively engage your organization’s grant team in the process.

Presenter: Diane H. Leonard, GPC, RST is a Grant Professional Certified (GPC) and Approved Trainer of the Grant Professionals Association. Diane is also a Registered Scrum Trainer (RST), Scrum Master, and Scrum Product Owner by Scrum inc. Diane began her career as a Program Officer, a full-time staff member of a state-wide grantmaking organization, and she continues to serve as a reviewer for a variety of grantmaking organizations. Since 2006, when she formed DH Leonard Consulting, Diane and her team have secured more than $87 million dollars in competitive grant awards for the clients of DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services. She is an active member of the Grant Professionals Association. When not working with her team on grant applications for clients, Diane can be found in the 1000 Islands, out for a run, or drinking a strong cup of coffee.

Please Register Here if you plan to attend!
Register for Cultivating Justice: A Quest Toward Racial Equity

What is Cultivating Justice: A Quest Toward Racial Equity? Cultivating Justice: A Quest Toward Racial Equity, or the “Quest,” is a voluntary program that moves people through a collection of projects and resources available at The resources on the website were made by and for people in the Cedar Valley to promote racial justice and activate change in our communities. The Quest’s collection of local materials include essays, videos, performances, artwork, music, podcasts, toolkits, events, and more.

When is the next Quest? The next Quest begins on January 31, 2022.

How long is the Quest? The Quest is six weeks long. Each week, participants on the Quest will receive a newsletter that will guide them as they cultivate habits of consciously and consistently practicing anti-racism. We recommend setting aside at least one hour per week to engage the materials. If participating with a small group, we recommend setting aside an additional hour each week for discussion.

Who can join the Quest? Anyone can participate in the Quest. However, materials and projects are most appropriate for people over the age of 18.

How do I sign up? Register here. Registration ensures that you will receive the weekly newsletter.
New Guidance on Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

More nonprofit employees relying on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program should have greater and easier access to student loan forgiveness under a U.S. Department of Education announcement.

Nonprofit employees who believe they are eligible for forgiveness or wish to have their employment at their current nonprofit employer certified as eligible under PSLF should take action by October 31, 2022, through the PSLF Help Tool, available at

For more information see the Good News for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Borrowers and the resources below. Additional guidance and regulations from the Department of Education is expected soon.

Annual Leadership Series

Invest in yourself and your team by registering for Leader Valley’s annual Leadership Series. This year’s Leadership Series offers four courses designed to foster personal & professional leadership development: 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity, 6 Critical Practices for Leading a Team, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and Unconscious Bias.

Nonprofit professionals are eligible for the group discount as one organization or by teaming up with other organizations.

To learn more, visit
What's Fair? Exploring Social Justice in America - Free Online Course

Social justice is complicated. No matter what your personal, professional or community roles are, the topic is difficult to pin down. This short course helps you explore social justice using a broad lens, including race and ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability, birthplace, economic status, history, education and politics.

To learn more about this event visit their website.
Job Opportunities
Scholarship and Grant Manager

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa (CFNEIA) is seeking a full-time Scholarship and Grant Manager with a passion for helping students reach their goals and a desire to make our community a better place for everyone. The person in this position is instrumental in ensuring assigned scholarship and grant processes operate efficiently and effectively. This position works closely with scholarship applicants, fund advisors, selection committees, and the CFNEIA team to ensure proper processes and systems are employed to create the greatest impact for students, nonprofits, and communities. CFNEIA is a leader in local philanthropy and the largest non-university scholarship provider in northeast Iowa, awarding over $500,000 in scholarships annually across our 20-county region in Iowa.

For more details about this position visit our website!
President, Cedar Valley United Way

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) provides vision and strategic leadership to the Cedar Valley United Way (CVUW) to ensure that the vision and mission are well understood; community needs are effectively identified; and that the organizational mission is communicated consistently to staff, board members and volunteers so that they can effectively support the advancement of the CVUW mission. The CEO serves as the symbol of the organization and is committed to providing the highest quality services and sound financial operations; working in collaboration with others in the communities served; and assuring that CVUW is a recognized leader as a premier model for social change through its funding allocations and programs. The CEO will be highly visible and active in the development of meaningful partnerships within both the public and private sectors throughout the community.

For more details about this position visit our website!
If you are a CVNA member and you'd like to post an open position with us, please email our Coordinator, Andrea at!
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