Marketing Must-Haves

Please join us, Thursday, April 12th from 8-9:30am at the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa to discuss marketing must-haves.

Nonprofits have a lot on their plates. In the prioritization of things, marketing can sometimes get overlooked, be viewed as too expense, or just not get done because there is not enough
staff or time. The truth is that marketing is an essential cog in a nonprofit's ability to provide services and communicate to those who need them. 

Lindsay and Jake will present some of the marketing must-haves organizations should be thinking about, no matter the size of their budget or staff. Discussion on topics such as knowing your audiences, honing your messages and storytelling, creating a distinct brand, and using online assets will help teams develop marketing solutions that connect people to their missions. The pair will share knowledge gained from other professionals through CVNA marketing meet up presentations and bring their perspectives as nonprofit marketers.

Free for CVNA members; $25 non-members.  Please RSVP by April 10th. 
Community Events

UNI's Maucker Union Ballroom
Thursday, April 19th
Projects exhibited:  9:00-10:30am
Program & Awards Ceremony:  10:30-11:30am with a performance by the Spectrum Project

Join community members and UNI faculty, staff and students for Community Engagement Celebration Day. The morning will showcase community engagement projects, classes, student organizations and collaborations between faculty, staff, students and community members.    

RSVP not required. Stop by any time between 9:00-10:30 and stay for the program. 

The 9th annual Cedar Bend Humane Society Furry 5K Run/Walk will be Sunday, May 20, 2018, at 7:30 a.m. at Big Woods Lake, South Shelter, Cedar Falls, Iowa. This event is open to all animal lovers and their K-9 companions. Last year 200 people participated.

Don't have a dog? Walk a shelter dog! 
There is a limited number of dogs available. Participants walking a shelter 
dog must be 16 years old. If younger, walkers must be accompanied by an adult at all times. One shelter dog per family. Available CBHS dogs will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis on race day [read more...]

2018's Spring edition of our Cedar Valley Sack Lunch Delivery will be on  Thursday, April 26th and Friday, April 27th. Sack lunches, prepared by our staff and volunteers, will be delivered to participating Cedar Valley organizations and businesses between  9:00 AM and 11:30 AM both days.

For $8 per lunch, Cedar Valley organizations and businesses can support the Northeast Iowa Food Bank by purchasing lunches. Pulled-pork sandwiches, pasta salad, chips, water, a fruit, and a dessert will be delivered to places across the Cedar Valley during the event. For every lunch sold during the Sack Lunch Delivery, the can supply over 30 meals to those who are hungry in northeast Iowa.   Sign up today!

Job Openings

Job Title:  Marketing Director

Cedar Valley United Way seeks a creative and innovative professional to develop and implement key marketing and research strategies that communicate the organization's impact to the Cedar Valley Community. This position serves as CVUW's primary liaison with media, and provides expertise in writing, editing, print design and copywriting. This position also conducts ongoing community research for both marketing content purposes, and to provide quality feedback and information to the community impact process.

The position requires excellent communication, organization and time management skills as well as the ability to work with diverse groups including organized labor, community leaders, minority groups, etc. A bachelor's degree in Business, Marketing, Media, Graphic Arts or Social Science and at least 2 years of experience in communications or marketing field, with experience in website design/maintenance and multimedia is preferred. 

Resumes and cover letter can be sent to Debbie Roth.

Seal Of Distinction Update

Thank you to the following organizations who have qualified for the Seal of Distinction with CVNA.  
  • McElroy Trust
  • Hawkeye College
  • The Job Foundation
  • Volunteer Center if the Cedar Valley
We are also still taking grant applications for agencies needing assistance paying their interns.  Please visit our website for more details on both opportunities.

Keep up-to-date with what's going on with our State Representatives & Legislative team (not all represented)

 In our first 5 years we have: (continually being updated)
  • 80 member organizations
  • 6 investors
  • 1,575 program registrations
  • 177 hours of programming
  • 181 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 192 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 Internship Program
Check out the other benefits of membership  HERE    If you are interested in joining CVNA, you can access our application form online 

Share your good news with the CVNA and be featured in future e-newsletters.   Have you implemented an innovative idea?  Are you hiring?  Have you created or updated your website?  Are you hosting an event?   Let the CVNA spread the word. 

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