CVNA Seal of Distinction Internship Presentation

Is Student Debt Hurting The Nonprofit Sector?

What does the increasing student debt have to do with the nonprofit sector? 

Come find out if college students wanting careers in the nonprofit sector are abandoning nonprofit work for higher wage earning jobs due to their debt. And internships are an excellent recruiting tool. Learn about the trends in the Cedar Valley regarding internships for both agencies and students and how these trends affect student debt and the sector's ability to recruitment new employees. 

Dr. Julianne Gassman's presentation will also
include the unveiling of CVNA's new Premier Internship Program and grant opportunities available to all member agencies. You won't want to miss this!

Join us for this discussion on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 8-9:30 a.m. @ The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.  Free for members; $25 non-members. Click here to RSVP by January 16, 2018.

Marketing Meet-Up 

Join us on January 25, 2018 from noon to 1 pm at The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa to listen to  James Infelt, Partner and Chief Digital Officer at Amperage, as he will be presenting on SEO. 

Jim's expertise is in interactive and digital marketing and communication. He has over 30 years of experience in the advertising industry and is passionate about working with the philanthropic community.

Please click here to RSVP.

Sector Solutions

Sector Solution: Why Should Nonprofits Care about the Rising Student Loan Debt? By Julianne Gassman, Director of Community Engagement & the Nonprofit Leaders
hip Alliance, University of Northern Iowa

It likely comes as no surprise to our member readers that student debt has been on the rise, and the trend is continuing, however, how many of us have paused long enough to consider the rising student debt and its impact on the nonprofit sector? Or have we considered [read more...]


Come to UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance's annual Nonprofit Explor-A-Ganza Event on  Monday, February 12, 2018 from 3:45-5:00 pm in the UNI Commons Ballroom!   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. 

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 any display materials, business cards, internship information, volunteer descriptions, and/or brochures along. 

If you and/or another representative(s) from your organization would like to attend, please
RSVP by  Wednesday, February 7th. To do so, please email Paige at, or give me a  call at  (319) 273-5600 . Additionally, please send a short summary of your organization and your current internship / volunteer opportunities. We hope you will join us on  February 12th ! "

RoundTable Discussion 

Donor Acknowledgment Roundtable

Date:  January 25th, 8:30 am
Location: Community Foundation of NE Iowa,  3117 Greenhill Circle, Cedar Falls, IA  
Bring your own breakfast or coffee!

Everyone wants to be thanked - but how and why do we apply this common responsibility in the non-profit world? Come and discuss how non-profits in the Cedar Valley are acknowledging donors and what the trends are nationwide.  

Here is a chance to share your ideas and hear from others who may have good advice on the topic of thanking donors! Consider bringing a copy of your organization's acknowledgment letter for discussion, not required.  Click here to RSVP. 
Need Your Help 

Please consider providing your perspective on a statewide research project being conducted by Iowa Campus Compact (IACC), a partner of the University of Northern Iowa, Wartburg and Allen College. IACC is an organization that supports community-campus partnerships. The survey will only take 5-10 minutes! Click here   to begin.

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  • 78 member organizations
  • 6 investors
  • 1,542 program registrations
  • 173 hours of programming
  • 175 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 190 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
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  • Developed a new website 2017
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