Call for Nominations
Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their contributions to the nonprofit community? The Community Foundation will present two awards in 2015. 
  The Nonprofit Leadership Excellence Award honors the leadership and accomplishments of the CEO or Executive Director of a nonprofit organization. Details and the nomination form here.
  The Minnie Rubek Staff Excellence Award recognizes a nonprofit staff member or team who has quietly gone "above and beyond" in their commitment and dedication to their organization and its mission. Details and nomination form here.
  Nominations are due on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.
Honorees will be recognized at the Celebration of Community on Tuesday, November 17, from 4-6 p.m. at Theatre Cedar Rapids.

Thanks for your ongoing, important work!
Carrie Walker, Nonprofit Network Coordinator

Network Spotlight: Peer Groups
Peer Groups are a great resource! Check out the video from our annual report featuring Matthew 25 and the peer group experience. Visit the Community Foundation page here to see more videos about nonprofits, donors, and partners making a difference in our community.

Nonprofit Network Peer Groups

Reminders & Opportunities!

Save the Date!


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Theatre Cedar Rapids 

Please join us for this free event as we celebrate the impact of philanthropy and the good work of nonprofits in our community.


Summer 2015 Training Day

The Capstone class of the Master's Program of Strategic Leadership at Mount Mercy University will present a morning of training for the community's nonprofit and small organizations on Thursday, August 13. Cost is $10 and includes training on a variety of topics. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration information and flyehere.

AFP Accepting Nominations for National Philanthropy Day
AFP Eastern Iowa is accepting nominations of individuals, foundations, and corporations who best represent the spirit of philanthropy in our community. This year's recipients will be recognized at the National Philanthropy Day luncheon on November 12. Nominations are due August 21, 2015. More information here.

Now Accepting Applications for Service Enterprise
United Way of East Central Iowa is excited to offer you access to the Service Enterprise Initiative (SEI), a partnership with Points of Life and the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. This holistic change management approach helps organizations transform the way they engage human talent. See all the details here. For application information, or to learn more, contact Kayla Paulson, 319.398.5375 x837, or by email here. Applications are due August 28.


Register now for Development Boot Camp

Register now for the Nonprofit Know-How 2.0 training:
Development Boot Camp on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. More information here and register herePlease contact  Carrie Walker   with any questions.

Visit the Nonprofit Network page at for our online calendar.


Upcoming Peer Groups

Please contact  Carrie Walker if you are interested in finding out more about peer groups. These monthly or bi-monthly lunch meetings provide a great opportunity to discuss current issues, discover new ideas, and create peer connections.  Email invitations with agenda, topics, and RSVP requests for free lunch are sent about a week before a peer group meeting.
  • Tuesday, August 18, 12-1 p.m.: Development
  • Thursday, August 20, 12-1 p.m.: CFO
  • Tuesday, August 25 , 12-1 p.m.: Marketing
  • Tuesday, September 1, 12-1 p.m.: Executive Directors of Small Nonprofits
AFP Presents "Maximize Your Fundraising Events "

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Hills Bank, 590 W. Forevergreen Rd, North Liberty
Are you overwhelmed with planning fundraising events? Have you struggled to increase attendance at events? Do you have new ideas you're excited about for your organization? Wherever you are on the fundraising event spectrum, join us for a fun and interactive program where you will hear insight from local fundraisers and event planning experts about how to maximize attendance, develop new events and ideas, promote to your audience, and reach the goals you've set for your event.
Cost: Free to members; $25 non-members, lunch provided when you RSVP by August 7.
RSVP  here by August 7, 2015.


Summer 2015 Training Day
Thursday, August 13, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

CRST International Graduate Center
Opening Keynote Session: Human Trafficking
Topics include: Organizational Effectiveness, Change Leadership, Strategic Planning, Fundraising, Personal Growth.
Cost: $10, includes breakfast and lunch.
Register here by Monday, August 10. More information here.

Development Boot Camp: Taking Control of Your Fund Development Plan

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Foundation Hall, first floor, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, 324 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids
Trainer: Michelle Beisker, Vice President of Development at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
If you are responsible for nonprofit development (fundraising), this training is for you! Learn how to set yourself up for development success, and outline a successful strategy for annual giving.
Cost: Free; registration required here. Refreshments will be served.
RSVP here. Please register early!

Thursday, September 17, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Bridge View Center, 102 Church Street, Ottumwa, Iowa
Enjoy breakout sessions covering trends, opportunities, and challenges facing our sector like fundraising, board governance, marketing, and evaluation. View brochure and session descriptions here.
Cost: F ree
Register here. Registration ends September 12.

Monday, September 21, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center, but will be live streaming in Cedar Rapids in TBD location.
Presenters: Ann B. Burns and Samuel A. Donaldson
To register, or for more information, email your name, employer and location, phone number, and which CE credits you will apply for to Lia Pontarelli


Iowa Nonprofit Summit 2015: The Power of Relationships

Monday, November 9-Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Scheman Building, Lincoln Way & University Blvd, Ames
This biennial conference offers essential learning opportunities for Iowa nonprofit and volunteer management professionals and features outstanding keynote presentations, dozens of break-out sessions, networking opportunities, and exhibitors demonstrating the latest resources available to help nonprofits and volunteer programs excel.
Register and more information   here .
In This Issue
Website Links
Interesting Articles

Your Best Nonprofit Volunteers May Be Retirees

Healthy Nonprofit Work Culture: Shouldn't That 2 Hour Conference Call Have Been An Email?

Please share  your finds for interesting articles with us!
Library Resources

The Cedar Rapids Public Library has numerous resources for local nonprofits. 


Visit here for learn more about library resources available through the Information Network.

Connect with the Nonprofit Network on LinkedIn

Please note: when we receive job openings in local nonprofits, we post them on the Nonprofit Network Linked In page.
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