Maximizing Higher Ed Partnerships

Strong, reciprocal community and campus partnerships can transform students, improve research, and expand community capacity. However, it is not always obvious to nonprofits on how to navigate partnerships. 

Please join us on Thursday,  February  7th from 8-9:30 a.m. Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.  In this workshop , we will review what research says about the practices that make for quality partnerships. We will share new ideas for creating and sustaining partnerships. Finally, we will discuss new ways of helping shape student experiences that maximize effectiveness on both sides for the volunteers and the nonprofits they serve. 

Please click here to RSVP by February 5th for another great CVNA event. Free for members, $25 non-members. 
Meet the Presenters:  Emily J. Shields is the executive director of Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) and acting director of Minnesota Campus Compact, statewide organizations supporting colleges and universities in community engagement and the civic mission of higher education. She received a B.A. degree in journalism and political science from the University of Iowa and a master's degree in philanthropy and nonprofit development at the University of Northern Iowa. Shields served as chief of staff for the Rebuild Iowa Office and was senate liaison and policy adviser to Iowa's governor. She has worked in field organizing and fundraising and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member.

Julianne Gassman is an Associate Professor in the Division of Leisure, Youth & Human Services and serves as UNI's Director of Community Engagement and the Campus Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Dr. Gassman has taught in the area of nonprofit management for the past twenty years, is the author/co-author of numerous books and publications in the area of nonprofit management and youth development. Her research interests includes service-learning, student's engagement in student organizations, and the impact of student debt. 


"Come to UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance's annual Nonprofit Explor-A-Ganza Event on Monday, February 11, 2018 from 3:45-5:00 pm in the UNI Commons Ballroom!

The Explor-A Ganza is an excellent opportunity for you to meet UNI students as well as share internship, job, and volunteer opportunities that your organization has to offer. The format of the event will consist of "speed interviewing" with 5-6 rotations, which will give you the opportunity to meet with 20+ enthusiastic students.  Set up will begin at 3:30 p.m. We encourage you to bring business cards, internship information, volunteer descriptions, and/or brochures along (please don't bring large displays). This event is free for CVNA and NLA Advisory Board Members. Cost is $25 to those who are not members. Parking will be available across the street in the Multimodal Transportation Center for small cost. 

If you and/or another representative(s) from your organization would like to attend, please  RSVP by Thursday, February 7th. To do so, please email Holly.  

Job Openings

Job Title:  Executive Director

The Cedar Falls Schools Foundation is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Director. This position serves as the contact for all Foundation programs, with an emphasis on fundraising activities, collaboration with multiple stakeholders, public relations and administration [  read more...].  Applications, which need to include a cover letter, resume and three letters of recommendation, may be 
submitted electronically thru the following link:  TEACHIOWA.

Job Title:  Executive Director

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa is seeking a full time Executive Director. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa is a non-profit organization with an operating budget of $650,000 currently, 15 staff members and an engaged board of directors, working together toward our mission. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of our organization, ensuring that we are operating efficiently and effectively to meet business goals. In this role, you will be the face of our organization, working closely with the board of directors, government officials and the public. You will ensure staff members are aligned with the company's mission and vision and that we are working together to successfully achieve strategic objectives. We place a high priority of communication, recognition and collaboration. We are in search of an Executive Director who is aligned with our culture and will continue to enhance it through positive leadership. For more detailed information on this positions and to apply, please email cover letter and resume to

Job Title:  Program Officer

The McElroy Trust is searching for a qualified individual to serve as Program Officer. Paid staff for the McElroy Trust consists of the Executive Director, Program Officer and a seasonal intern.  We rely on the Program Officer to be engaged in many parts of the organization, including: office management, grantee support, community engagement and program leadership.  

The McElroy Trust, established in 1965 in Waterloo, Iowa invests in deserving young people of Northeast Iowa. R.J. McElroy's commitment to youth and education has extended far beyond his lifetime to benefit many, many young people. The McElroy Trust has awarded grants in excess of $65 million and works each day to carry McElroy's vision forward.   
Full job description & application details please click here.

Job Title: Annual Giving & Data Coordinator

The Annual Giving and Data Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the annual giving campaign plan and direct mail program, and managing the philanthropy database. Acts as a primary liaison with the Marketing and Communications team and generates ideas for successful, ongoing donor communication and stewardship [read more...]
 In our first 7 years we have: (continually being updated)
  • 82 member organizations
  • 6 investors
  • 1,978 program registrations
  • 203 hours of programming
  • 202 e-newsletters
  • Grantwriting Power Hour
  • 228 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 & Premier Internship 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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