GrantWriting Power Hour will meet on Tuesday, September 11th from 11am to noon at the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.

Beth Knipp, Executive Director Black Hawk County Gaming Association will review eligibility guidelines, the Letter of Intent process, the online system requirements and grant application deadlines.  She will provide answers to questions regarding types of projects eligible for funding as well as discuss the best to apply for grant funds.  

Black Hawk County Gaming Association awards funds to projects which provide property tax relief to cities and counties, supports funds for large capital projects (LEGACY Grants) and also funds qualified 501c3 organizations in the area.

2nd Annual CVNA/AFP Collaboration

CVNA and AFP-NEIA co-hosted workshop:  The $73 Billion Ceda r Valley Opportunity on  Tuesday, October 9,  2018;  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  today.

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. 

Listen UP! 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  1-2pm
The Leighty Community Room of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa ( 3117 Greenhill Circle, Cedar Falls)
Please click here to RSVP for this great event.  
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.

Community Engagement

UNI faculty, staff, and students are invited to meet nonprofit community leaders to create partnerships that will support faculty research and scholarship, build service-learning opportunities to complement classroom instruction and introduce students to service projects [read more...] on September 25 from 9-11am at the Commons Ballroom 1227 W. 27th Street, Cedar Falls.

This event is sponsored by the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association.

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.  

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 [ read more... ]
This training is funded by the Schoitz Foundation in partnership with the Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa.  Please click here to RSVP.

Technology Planning 

You can't afford to keep putting off tech planning. Sign up for Tactical Technology Planning for Nonprofits  and we'll help you zero in on the technology you need and develop an action plan to see your project through to completion.  Prioritize your technology needs and develop a long-term plan for implementing.
The course begins on September 13-that means you have just  a few more days to sign up (don't forget to use CVNA's discount code under member resources page to received $45 discount).
Over five weeks you will:
  • Learn about the tactical planning process and pick up tips for getting started at your organization.
  • Review nonprofit infrastructure needs including office hardware, data backup, software, and staff IT support.
  • Consider data management technology and best practices.
  • Think through the mix of communications at your organization and how to get real value from your communications work.
  • Gain insights and feedback from an expert trainer who can address your organization's unique needs.
  • Share ideas and experiences and learn from your peers.

Economic Inclusion Summary

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

Walt Rogers           Iowa Capital Report
Sandy Salmon        Ras Smith
Bob Kressig         

 In our first 5 years we have: (continually being updated)
  • 81 member organizations
  • 6 investors
  • 1,755 program registrations
  • 188 hours of programming
  • 192 e-newsletters
  • Grantwriting Power Hour
  • 214 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
Check out the other benefits of membership  HERE    If you are interested in joining CVNA, you can access our application form online 

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