Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 161
July 3, 2017
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

CVNA & AFP Workshop...
CVNA and AFP-Northeast Iowa chapter are hosting a workshop 
for fundraising and grant-writing professionals. Mark your calendars and watch for more details to come!

Wednesday, September 20
UNI-CUE: 800 Sycamore St. Waterloo
Cost: Free for CVNA and AFP-Northeast Iowa members. All others are welcome to register for $25.  Please register by September 19, 2017.
Member Spotlight...
Supporting our students ...
and assisting the Cedar Falls Community Schools in the creation of a distinctive educational environment. The Cedar Falls Schools Foundation is an Iowa nonprofit corporation for the sole benefit of the Cedar Falls Community School District.

The Foundation presented thirteen new scholarships to CFHS graduates at the High School Honors Convocation Ceremony on May 9th, 2017. In the fall of 2017, twenty-seven students will be receiving Foundation supported scholarships, either new or renewed, because of the generosity of our donors.

The Cedar Falls Schools Foundation was established to enhance "A Tradition of Excellence" and support the Cedar Falls Community School District by generating resources and advocating for quality public education.  

To read more on this great organization and to see all that they have to offer,  please    click here.

Cedar Falls Community Schools Foundation has been a valued member of the CVNA since 2012-- thank you for your continued support.
Job Opportunities...

Job Title:   Service Coordinator - Residential

LSI currently seeks a full-time Service Coordinator to coordinate and supervise residential programs at Bremwood Residential Campus in Waverly and the northern service area.

Coordinates and supervises residential programs on campus. Responsible for providing a safe, positive, therapeutic living environment to residents through independent judgment and discretion to achieve resident treatment success. Trains and supervises staff and volunteers. Serves as a professional member of the therapeutic treatment team serving the needs of children entrusted to the care of LSI. Assists in managing and achieving outcomes including reduction of critical incidents, and tracking and supporting documentation. Responsible for funding and program compliance. 

Qualified applicants will have a Bachelor's degree in social work or a related human service field plus a minimum of five years experience in child mental health; three years supervisory experience. 

This position requires a valid driver's license, auto insurance, a good driving record and the ability to pass an extensive background check including checks of the Dependent Adult and Child Abuse registries, Sex Offender registry and a criminal history check.

To read more information and to apply/ please click here .
Training Opportunity...

Would you like to invest a $1 and see a $6 Return on Investment? Join this training today! 

Are you effectively using volunteers in your organization? Is your organization being challenged to do more with less? What if you were able to do more, with MORE - more volunteers with more skills, filling more roles?  Service Enterprise non-profits effectively leverage the skills and talents of volunteers into their core operations achieving greater impact in their communities.

Becoming a Service Enterprise can be a game-changer for your organization. Through this change management training provided by the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley your organization will see up to a 600% return on investment through more effective delivery of services. The VCCV is preparing to start a new cohort of organizations this summer. For more information email  lauren_finke@vccv.org .
Free Webinar Opportunities...

Free Webinar on Board Bootcamp
Date:Tue, 07/19/2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Would you like to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of nonprofit board members?   Participants in Board Boot Camp Learn:
  • The difference between nonprofit and for-profit entities and board service
  • Legal considerations
  • Board member "must do" roles and responsibilities
  • How to be an effective board member
This training is an ideal for prospective board members, existing board members, nonprofit executives and nonprofit staff members.  Please click here to register.
Idealware Partnership Opportunity...

Nonprofit Data for Beginners

Wednesdays between June 28 and July 19 at noon - 1:30 p.m. CST .  (There will be no webinar on the week of July 4.) Click here for full review of this series.

July 12: Hunting Down the Data 
More often than not, the most useful data won't be found already neatly laid out in a spreadsheet. You might find extremely valuable data in handwritten staff notes, in multiple software systems, or public repositories. We'll discuss where different data can live, which sources of data might be useful, and where and how you can collect it to be ready for analysis.

July 19: Making Use of Your Data
In the final session, we will discuss the various ways you will need to manage and use the data you've collected. We'll consider the logistics of entering, storing, and maintaining your data. We'll also look at how to develop an action plan that ensures your data program is useful and sustainable.
Other Info 
  • Participants will also be given weekly "homework" assignments.
  • Please register with the email address where you would like to receive the access code and dial-in information for the online seminar.
  • All registered participants are granted access to the recordings of each session.
  • Participants who cannot attend any of the sessions due to scheduling conflicts will still have access to the toolkit presentation decks and handouts.
As a CVNA you are eleigible for these webinars at a discounted rate.  Please visit www.cedarvalleynonprofits.org and log into the member only section to get the access code.
Happy and Safe July 4th...


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


 In our first 5 years we have: (continually being updated)
  • 75 member organizations
  • 6 investors
  • 1,413 program registrations
  • 89 hours of programming
  • 161 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 172 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
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 
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CVNA Meeting Dates
CVNA is pleased to announce the topics of our upcoming education events for the year ahead:  2017
  • August 3rd - Board Engagement
  • September 20th - CVNA/AFP Workshop
  • 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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