Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. Edition 193, September 24, 2018
2nd Annual CVNA/AFP Collaboration
CVNA and AFP-NEIA co-hosted workshop:
The $73 Billion Ceda
r Valley Opportunity on
Tuesday, October 9,
10:00AM - 1:00PM at the
Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.
What if your organization had all the money it needed to do all the things it is designed to do for the community? Paraphrasing an old saying, whether you think it is possible or not, you're probably right. There is a $73 billion opportunity in the Cedar Valley and it is right in front of you. Now is the time to act to help create a sustainable future for your organization. This isn't a fantasy, this is real.
Planned giving focused workshop lead by Rob Hilbert, Iowa Public Television Foundation. Will include roundtable discussions and lunch. Free for all CVNA/AFP-NEIA members; Non-members $50 payable. Limited space! RSVP
All attendees will receive a great resource of their choice to continue to grow their ability to meet our organizations philanthropic goals. The value of the resources is over $40!
Attendees can select one of the these books:
- Fundraising track- The Art of Planned Giving: Understanding Donors and the Culture of Giving, written by Douglas E. White
- Grant writing track - Non-profit Guidebook Series - Winning Grants Step by Step, written by Toro O'Neal-McElrath.
Please indicate the book of your choice with Holly, so we can order it and deliver it to you at the event.
Special thanks to the former Northeast Iowa Chapter of Leave A Legacy who is providing sponsorship support of this important planned giving training. We trust that our non-profit partners will always value and seek planned gifts to grow and sustain our missions.
Free Webinar for Nonprofits
The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa and the R.J. McElroy Trust are co-presenting a FREE webinar for nonprofits:
LISTEN UP! How Feedback Can Accelerate Nonprofit Growth and Impact
Wednesday, Oct. 3 from
A growing chorus of social sector players are advocating for a greater emphasis on "listening"-engaging customers or beneficiaries to better identify areas for improvement in programs or services. Gathering feedback not only provides a valuable stream of insight on program effectiveness, but also gives dignity and respect to constituents. Many feedback tools can be introduced to an organization's existing measurement processes with nominal effort and minimal cost, making it not only the right thing to do, but also smart and feasible to add to your organization's program evaluation operations.
Presented by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, with speakers:
Kathy Reich is the director of Ford Foundation's BUILD initiative. She guides Ford's efforts to implement sector-leading approaches to supporting the vitality and effectiveness of institutions and networks that serve as pillars of broader social movements. Phil Buchanan is the president of CEP, the Center for Effective Philanthropy. He is a passionate advocate for the importance of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, and deeply committed to the cause of helping foundations and individual donors to maximize their impact. Dr. Susannah Rose is the scientific director of research in the Office of Patient Experience at Cleveland Clinic. The Office of Patient Experience leads initiatives to improve the patient experience across Cleveland Clinic Health Systems. Christopher Watler is the executive director of Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) New York State, the State's largest workforce program for returning citizens.
Free Mental Health First Aid Training
Catholic Charities is pleased to be able to offer a full day (8 hours) of Mental Health First Aid training, free of charge! Training will be September 29th starting at 8 am, Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, IA. Lunch will be provided.
RSVP by 09/21/18 to Teresa king or by calling (319)272-2080
Mental Health First Aid USA is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews of appropriate supports [
Leverage Your Legacy
Community in Motion: Leverage Your Leadership, Wednesday, October 10th from 9am - 4 pm @ Greenbrier School, 1554 Oakwood Dr., Waterloo. Free Admission & lunch included.
Presenter and facilitator, Daryl Fort, National MVP Strategies trainer,
will be leading the group through several activities designed to increase your leadership capacity to effectively promote caring communities and bu
ild stronger, healthier relationships [
This training is funded by the Schoitz Foundation in partnership with the Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa. Please click
Economic Inclusion Summary
National Philanthropy Day®, nationally recognized each year in November, acknowledges the entire spectrum of services provided by the nonprofit community and recognizes the profound impact that philanthropy has on the fabric of society. And, each year AFP honors individuals and groups who, through their hard work and dedication, have enhanced philanthropy, their communities and the world.
More details can be found at
Mark you calendar to attend this year's National Philanthropy Day recognition luncheon on Thursday, November 8, 11:30am, at Hilton Garden Inn, Cedar Falls, IA.
Job Title: Administration Assistant/Receptionist
The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber seeks a positive and organized full-time Administrative Assistant/Receptionist. The main responsibilities are to provide administrative support to the office, answer multi-line phone, greet guests, assist with membership functions, and meeting preparation. This person will also provide administrative support to the Leader Valley program.
Requirements are at least 2 years of related work experience and proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office, Outlook, mail merge, and database management. Minimum typing speed of 50wpm. The successful candidate is expected to be part of a fast-paced work environment and must have proven organizational and time management skills.
Please send cover letter, resume, and professional references by September 19th to
, or by mail to:
Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber
Attention: Sandi Sommerfelt
360 Westfield Ave., Suite 200
Waterloo, IA 50701
ob Title: Coordinator
The Otto Schoitz Foundation is recruiting a qualified individual to serve as its full-time Coordinator. Paid staff for the Foundation consists of the Executive Director/CEO and the Coordinator. As a result, responsibilities of the Coordinator are varied, consisting of basic office duties along with professional grant-related functions. See the Foundation Coordinator Position Description
RSVP of Black Hawk and Fayette counties (located in Waterloo) is up for re-competition. The current sponsor Covenant Medical Center will not be competing. This will be a new RSVP project. The Federal funding amount for this grant is $80,025. Application deadline is November 7, 2018.
The Job Foundation Hires New CEO
The Job (pronounced Jōb) Foundation has hired a new Executive Director tolead the organization into their next phase of growth. Jennifer Brost, founder and Executive Director, will continue in the organization as reorganization continues in preparation of future growth. The Job Foundation's vision is "All Children Achieving Financial Success," and began 12 years ago teaching financial asset building and leadership
development while providing mentoring and academic support to students experiencing low household incomes in the Cedar Valley. Brost says she was inspired to start the organization because "I wanted all children to have the
good things I was able to receive as a child, things such as their own money to manage and learn from as many caring adults [
Keep up-to-date with what's going on with our State Representatives & Legislative team
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- 81 member organizations
- 6 investors
- 1,755 program registrations
- 188 hours of programming
- 193 e-newsletters
- Grantwriting Power Hour
- 216 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 Seal of Distinction & nternship Program
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