Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 149
January 17, 2017
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Member Spotlight...

The University of Northern Iowa Foundation grows and sustains private resources and builds relationships to support the University of Northern Iowa, its students, faculty, staff and programs.

The UNI Foundation is committed to providing a growing source of private funding and partnerships to enable the University of Northern Iowa to achieve its vision.

What is the UNI Foundation?
The University of Northern Iowa Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1959. The mission of the UNI Foundation is to grow and sustain private resources and build relationships to support the University of Northern Iowa, its students, faculty, staff and programs. 

The University of Northern Iowa Foundation is designated as the central fundraising agency for the University of Northern Iowa. The Foundation conducts campaigns for university priorities and provides central services to support fundraising, growth of the endowment, administration, compliance, donor stewardship and other areas. 

The Foundation's Trustees and staff are deeply committed to providing excellent stewardship of gifts the Foundation receives. The Trustees' Investment Committee confers every other month with our investment counselor to review the performance of our funds. Thanks to this careful oversight, the Foundation's investment funds have regularly outperformed the market norms. The Trustees follow a diversified asset allocation strategy with the goal to participate in the market when it is up and preserve and protect the investments when the market is down.  

To read more on this great organization, please click here. 

The UNI Foundation has been a valued member of the CVNA since 2012-- thank you for your continued support.
NEW YEAR  NEW LEADERSHIP:  The board of directors of the Black Hawk County YMCA is pleased to announce that Angie Widner has been named the organization's new Chief Executive Officer. 

Please join us in welcoming Angie at one of our upcoming community meet-and-greet sessions:

Monday, January 23, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Tuesday, January 244:00-6:00 pm

Light refreshments will be served. All members of the Y and the community are invited to attend.  Please feel free to RSVP on our  Facebook Event Page
Grant Gurus...
Grant Gurus
Please join the Grant Guru group on 
Thursday, January 26, 2017
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Philanthropy Center  (425 Cedar Street/US Bank Bldg., 3rd floor)
Marketing Meet-Up...
Are you a marketing, public relations or communications professional in a nonprofit organization?  Are you hungry for new ways to tell the story of your organization's work?  Are you energized by exchanging ideas with colleagues?  

If you answered YES to the questions above, please plan to attend the 
Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association's Marketing Meet Up:

February 9, 2017
Noon - 1:30pm
id8 workspace, 402 East 4th Street, downtown Waterloo 
Lunch provided

The Marketing Meet Up will be hosted by three nonprofit marketing leaders: Ashley Stoppel - Cedar Valley United Way, Jake Byers - Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, and Lindsay Pieters - Habitat for Humanity.

Our three hosts will help you connect with other marketing professionals in our sector and share ideas.  Finally, you'll have a chance to discuss your interest in establishing the Marketing Meet Up as a regular offering of the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association.

Please click here to RSVP by Monday, February 6th for this great networking opportunity.

When:  Monday, February 13, 2017
Where: GBPAC Lobby
Time:  3:45-5:00 p.m.
Cost:   Free to CVNA members; $25 for non-members

Explor-A-Ganza is an excellent opportunity for you to meet UNI students to discuss internships, jobs, career & volunteer opportunities with your organization.  Organization profiles will be shared with students before the event.  The format of the event will consist of 'speed interviewing" with 5-6 rounds/rotations.  Each organization representative will meet with approximately 20 students.  Organizations can feel free to bring display materials along with handouts of any jobs, internship and/or volunteer opportunities.

Cookies and refreshments will be available throughout the event.

If you have further questions or would like to sign up your organization to participate, please email Paige Cowing.
Job Openings...

Job Title:  Development Director

Allen Foundation - UnityPoint Health is seeking a highly motivated and successful Development Director to lead the Allen foundation in its major gift and annual fund raising operations. The position requires proven experience in fund raising, and donor solicitation. The successful candidate will demonstrate prior success in annual, major and capital fundraising.

This is an opportunity for an outgoing, talented, experienced and ambitious professional to help support Allen Hospital and College. The position requires a bachelor's degree in a related field, with proven experience in large donor fundraising. CFRE accreditation preferred but not required. 

If you are looking for the right challenge in a successful organization apply online at www.UnityPoint.org/waterloo/careers.aspx Job ID#20896.

Job Title: Office Coordinator

Love downtown Cedar Falls?  Want to be part of it? If you are organized  and detailed oriented, with the ability to multi-task in a creative, visionary,  and enthusiastic environment then we are looking for you to join our team  as the Community Main Street Office Coordinator.                                              Quickbook experience preferred.
                                   For more information, please click here.

Free Webinar Opportunities...

Free Upcoming Webinars to take advantage of....

January 24, 2017                       February 28, 2017
12-1 p.m. CST                          12-1 p,m, CST
10 Steps of Budgeting                Managing Cash Flow for Nonprofits
Register                                 Register
Idealware Webinar Series...
Technology Planning for Nonprofits
Five weeks in January
Regular/Discount: $215/$170

Session starts Thursday, January 5, 2017 and runs each Thursday thru February 2, 2017.  All webinars start at 12:00 p.m. CST
Does your technology need major upgrades? Where do you start and how do you get the job done on time and on budget? This course will help you spot your organization's critical technology needs and develop a practical plan for improving your technology infrastructure--even if you don't have a technology background.
Over five weeks you'll view eLearning modules that cover common nonprofit technology needs and complete worksheets designed to help you make key decisions. Then, once a week, our expert trainer will work with you to answer your questions and build on your knowledge. You'll also have opportunities to share your experiences with your peers and learn from them.
Throughout this course, 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 your trainer that address your unique needs.
  • Share ideas and experiences and learn from your peers.
  • Prioritize your technology needs and develop a long-term plan for implementing them.
Remember as a member of the CVNA yu can take advantage of these webinar series at the discounted rates by signing in on their web-site and putting in CVNA2016.
State Representatives News Updates...

Please click here  for the most updated information from Bob Kressig

Please click here for the most updated information from Sandy Salmon

Please click here for the most updated information from Walt Rogers


Please click here for the most updated information from William Dotzler

Please click here for the most updated information from Bill Dix

Please click here  for the most updated information on Timi Brown Powers


Please click here for the most updated information on Ras Smith

We Don't Want You To Miss A Thing!

Have you renewed and joined yet?  Don't miss out on our upcoming programs and networking opportunities!


 In our first two years we have: (continually being updated)
  • 74 member organizations
  • 5 investors
  • 1,292 program registrations
  • 85 hours of programming
  • 149 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 151 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 NLA (advertise job postings Nationwide)
  • Partners with Idealware
Check out the other benefits of membership HERE If you are interested in joining CVNA, you can access our application form online HERE

If you have any questions, please email CVNA Coordinator at 
Share your good news with the CVNA and be featured in future e-newsletters.   Have you implemented an innovative idea?  Are you hiring?  Have you created or updated your website?  Are you hosting an event?   Let the CVNA spread the word. 

To submit an item for the next newsletter, click on the
submit news  page.  Please note that only member organizations who have submitted membership applications may post items.  The newsletter is published every two weeks.




CVNA Meeting Dates
CVNA is pleased to announce the topics of our upcoming education events for the year ahead:  2017
  • January 26th - Grant Gurus
  • February 9th - Marketing Meet-Up
  • February 13th - Explor-A-Ganza
  • April 6th - NP Luncheon 
  • April 27th - Grant Gurus
  • June 1st - Lean Experimentation
  • June 22nd - Grant Gurus
  • August 3rd - Board Engagement
  • September 28th - Grant Gurus
  • October 5th - Effective Meeting Planning Design
  • December 1st - Legislative Forum
There will also be some added"special training" presentations for 2017 so for  the most updated
information please visit our resources section and stay tuned to our web-site for additional information.
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