Nonprofit Know-How: Understanding Generations and Boards
The Nonprofit Network will offer Nonprofit Know-How: Understanding Generations and Boards   on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Community Foundation. Learn how formative events have shaped the characteristics and behaviors of each generation, and how to best leverage these differences with donors, volunteers, and employees. Then, we'll examine board structure and the importance of strong relationships. It's a double dose of training!  Find out all the details here . Register here .

Nonprofit Know-How: Storytelling on April 13 has reached maximum capacity and registration is closed. To be placed on a waiting list, please email me.
Stay connected,
Carrie Walker, Nonprofit Network Coordinator

Network Spotlight:  Peer Group Feature
Audrey Meyer, Financial Director at Foundation 2, Inc.
What peer group/s do you attend?   CFO Peer Group (which sometimes turns into a human resource/benefit group)
Why do you attend peer group?  
I enjoy attending the group because they have multiple training sessions and I can glean insight from others in dealing with similar issues and situations.  We meet to discuss common situations that our agencies are dealing with, share ideas and what resources are being used.
How is the peer group valuable to you? 
I appreciate being able to discuss topics that are specific to accounting, benefits or human resource concerns.  These are not always topics everyone appreciates or understands.
If someone was interested in peer group, what would you say to encourage them to attend? 
It's always good information; even if it's not something you are dealing with specifically at that time, the situation may come up in the future.  And it's always good to get out of the office periodically, to take a deep breath and clear your mind so you can go back to the office refreshed.  It would be great if more people would join in!
Find more information about Foundation 2 at
Email Carrie Walker f or more information about joining a peer group.
Reminders & Opportunities!
Apply Today for Geonetric's Operation Overnight 
Does your organization have no website, a website that needs some love, and/or need help with digital marketing? Apply for Operation Overnight. Geonetric gives back to Linn County nonprofits through Operation Overnight, a 24-hour event to strategize, code, design, and write websites that help organizations fulfill their missions. Find more information, eligibility requirements, and application information here.

Iowa Women's Foundation Accepting Grant Applications
Iowa Women's Foundation's current focus is on fostering self-sufficiency and leadership skills among Iowa's women and girls. Recent grants have supported projects in the areas of education, gender equality, domestic violence, mentoring, financial management, self-esteem, and decision-making. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31. More information and application here.

City Accepting Five Seasons Citizenship Award Nominations
The City of Cedar Rapids is currently accepting nominations for the Five Seasons Citizenship Awards. Five winners will receive a $1,000 donation to the charity of their choice. Nominations are due April 29. Find eligibility requirements and nomination form here.

Corridor Business Journal Seeks Financial Executive of the Year Nominations
The CBJ seeks nominations for the Financial Executive of the Year Awards. Among the many categories are: large nonprofit (25 or more employees) and small nonprofit (24 or less employees). Please find all the details, including nomination form and a full list of categories, here.

Answer Questions About Election Year Do's and Don'ts
If you have questions about how to approach the election year,  you're invited to download a whitepaper focusing on election year do's and don'ts. The document is provided by RSM and available here.

Nonprofit Management Academy Runs March-November
A comprehensive educational program for the nonprofit sector, presented by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, runs monthly courses held at the Johnson County Extension Office in Iowa City. Class descriptions here.

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.  Lunch is provided; please RSVP.
Tuesday, April 5, 12-1 p.m. Executive Directors; RSVP here.
Tuesday, April 19, 12-1 p.m. Development; RSVP here.
Thursday, April 21, 12-1 p.m. CFO Learning Opportunity; Open to all. RSVP here.
Tuesday, April 26, 12-1 p.m. Marketing; RSVP here.

Leaders In Volunteerism
Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 12-1:30 p.m.
Hy-Vee, 3235 Oakland Road NE, Cedar Rapids
Topic: Communications Tool Belt
For more information on LIV membership or registration, please contact President Jessica Link at 319-739-0403 or

Membership Growth Online Summit: Expert Digital Marketing Strategies
Free Online Webinar on Digital Marketing Strategies by Wild Apricot
April 4-8, 2016
There will be five consecutive days of free expert webinars focused on marketing strategies to recruit and engage more members. Learn tips on email marketing, building effective Google and Facebook ads,  and social media strategies.
Find complete list of webinar dates, times, and subjects, and registration link here.

Association of Fundraising Professionals
Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Hills Bank & Trust, 3905 Blairs Ferry Road NE, Cedar Rapids
Topic: Storytelling:How to Present Your Cause
Presented by Al Rowe, Associate VP, Institutional Effectiveness, Kirkwood Community College 
Cost: Members free; $25 future members. Lunch is provided.
RSVP here.

Nonprofit Know-How: Storytelling *Event registration has reached maximum capacity and is closed.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Community Foundation, 324 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids
Trainer: Rob Cline
Only Superheroes Should Have Secret Identities: Crafting & Sharing Your Story 
Two things are required to keep the community informed about the good work your organization does--a compelling story told well and the right plan for sharing that story. This conversation will help you identify your most important stories, draft ways to tell them, and consider the various outlets-from print to social media and more--for sharing them. Storytelling is a superpower, and this exchange of ideas will help you wield it for good.
Cost: none, but registration is required.
More information here. Registration is closed; email Carrie Walker to be on the waiting list.

A comprehensive educational program for the nonprofit sector presented by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
March to November 2016
Class descriptions here . April class description below.

Diversity in Your Organization and Community
Thursday, April 21, 2016, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Johnson County Extension Office, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City
This course will explore the need for diverse representation in your workplace and an understanding of the dynamic changes our communities are going through as we have new populations enter our communities. Cultures, behaviors, and needs will be explored with suggested organizational changes necessary to meet these new challenges. Participants will discuss what their organizations are doing, will do, and how each will be prepared for the future.
Course fee: $70, CEU fee: $25, CEUs: 0.6

CLA Roundtable: Communicating Financial Information to Nonfinancial People *CFO Peer Group Learning Opportunity
Thursday, April 21, 2016, 12-1:30 p.m.
Foundation Hall, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, 324 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids
Presented by CliftonLarsonAllen
Effective financial reporting is about more than making sure the numbers add up. It requires that financial information be communicated in a way that is meaningful and understandable to the audience. While board members and nonprofit leaders bring a variety of talents to an organization, they may not have extensive experience with financial and accounting matters. This roundtable is a learning opportunity for individuals responsible for assisting people who may not have a financial background - board members, committees, program directors, and others - in understanding nonprofit and government financial reports and their underlying standards.
Presenter: Connie Lira, Senior Accountant, Nonprofit
Cost: Free, lunch provided for those who RSVP by April 19.
RSVP here.

Association of Fundraising Professionals
Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Hills Bank & Trust, 3905 Blairs Ferry Road NE, Cedar Rapids
Topic: Amazing Space Campaign: Connecting Vision to Fundraising
Presented by John Myers, Executive Director, Indian Creek Nature Center
Members free; $25 future members. Lunch is provided.
Register here.

Nonprofit Know-How: Understanding Generations and Boards
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Community Foundation, 324 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids
Trainer: Courtney DeRonde
It's a double dose of training! 
Understanding and Engaging the Next Generation of Donors, Volunteers and Employees:  Each generation assumes there's "one right way" - their own! This session will open your eyes to the formative events that have shaped the characteristics and behaviors of each generation. Instead of waiting for the next generation to "see it your way," you will learn practical ways to leverage these differences within your organization - with donors, volunteers and employees.
Board Structure & Responsibilities:  Discuss the basic roles and fiduciary duties of effective board members. Group dynamics can play a big part in the success and engagement of your board, so we will also discuss the importance of relationships between board members and management, and the impact of board composition, size and structure.
Cost: none, but registration is required. Space is limited; please designate up to three participants per organization.
More information here. Register here.

CliftonLarsonAllen's 4th Annual Iowa Nonprofit Conference
Thursday, June 9, 2016
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids
Save the date; more information soon.
April 2016
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Library Resources
The Cedar Rapids Public Library  has numerous resources for nonprofits. Find all the information in the bookmark here.  For copies of bookmarks to display or distribute, please contact   Carrie Walker.
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