Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector.
September 11, 2017
Upcoming CVNA Events
What's Your Story? Learn techniques of crafting and sharing inspiring stories to increase donations and motivate volunteers. Hosted by Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association and Association of Fundraising Professionals - Northeast Iowa chapter.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
UNI-CUE 800 Sycamore, Waterloo, IA
8:00am Complimentary refreshments and check-in
8:30am Breakout #1 (Choose 1)
A. Volunteers can do it all: how to engage across your entire organization. Lead by Lauren Finke- Executive Director, Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley
B. Art of sustainable grant seeking. Lead by Constance Grimm- Director of Grants and Resource Development, Hawkeye Community College
9:40am Breakout #2 (Choose 1)
C. All I want to do is raise some funds: Practice the power of word choices to inspire action like never before. Lead by Lori L. Jacobwith- Founder, Ignite Fundraising.
D. Grantwriting Do's and Don'ts and exclusive UNI Foundation Directory review. Lead by Angie Widner- Executive Director, YMCA.
10:45am All session keynote: Sharing powerful impact stories to create action. Lead by Lori Jacobwith, Ignite Fundraising.
Cost: AFP/CVNA members free; All non-members $25. Please click here to register for this great workshop by noon, September 19th.
Effective Meeting Planning Workshop
Isn't there a better way? 5 meeting mistakes and how to stop making them!
Join us on October 5, 2017 from 8-9:30 am at the Philanthropy Center (425 Cedar Street, Waterloo; 3rd floor US Bank Bldg.).
How does your nonprofit achieve its mission? Search your calendar for the answer and you will likely find that "go to meetings" is our sector's preferred mode of operation. As nonprofits, we use meetings to align goals, make decisions, solve problems and generally - get stuff done! But, poorly designed meetings eat up time, make us desperate for the "real work" at our desk, and drive our teams apart.
As leaders we have the opportunity to design better meetings; meetings that strengthen organizations and relationships and help meet our goals. During this session we'll explore the ways that meetings go wrong and investigate the art and science of meeting design. You'll learn the architecture of exceptional meetings and you'll have a chance to consider new meeting designs.
Stacy Van Gorp is the Executive Director of the R.J. McElroy Trust, a private foundation dedicated to inspiring and transforming young people in northeast Iowa. She has 20 years of experience in nonprofit leaders hip, philanthropy and higher education... adding up to about 10,000 meetings in her career. She is passionate about helping organizations align their strategy, actions and organizational culture to achieve remarkable social change and innovation.
To RSVP for this great workshop, please
Free for CVNA members, $25 for non-members. Please RSVP by noon, October 4th.
Other Nonprofit Events
UNI's 3rd Annual Town Hall for Community Engagement
September 26, 2017 from 9 - 11 a.m.
1227 W. 27th Street
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614
UNI faculty, staff, and students are invited to meet non-profit and 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.
Sponsored by the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association and Office of Undergraduate Studies
To learn more information and to RSVP for this event please
Nonprofits: You're Invited to the First Ever Cedar Valley
GET A BEER* AND UNDO NONPROFIT POWER DYNAMICS DAY!
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017
SingleSpeed Brewing in Waterloo
Cedar Valley nonprofits and members of Metro Funders will come together for an informal, and unscripted, gathering. This idea, first created by nonprofit guru Vu Le, is being embraced by funders in the region. The idea is that funders and agency representatives can, as Le says "see each other as human beings, and help decrease the power dynamics so present in our sector." There's only one rule: no agendas!
So please stop by, meet and mingle with funders and nonprofit representatives, enjoy some appetizers provided by Metro Funders, and grab your own BEER (which stands for "Beverage to Enhance Equity in Relationships," and does not have to be alcoholic).
This idea has been embraced by other communities across the country, so why not here! You can read Le's original proposal on his blog, Nonprofit AF.
Job Title: Special events Coordinator
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa seeks a full-time candidate for the position of Special Events Coordinator. This position has primary responsibility for planning and executing the agency's direct-line fundraising events in our six-county service area. The Special Events Coordinator will assist the CEO in major gift strategy sessions for past and current donors, helping the agency identify and implement strategic engagement opportunities. Supporting elements for this position include donor stewardship, event marketing and publicity, database management and donor research.
The Special Events Coordinator must have the ability to work from main office (Waterloo, IA) but travel consistently to and from agency satellite offices and community meetings. A Bachelor's degree is preferred for this position as well as 2-5 years of progressive event planning experience and success. For full job description click here.
Job Title: Vice President of Programs
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa seeks a full-time candidate for the position of Vice President of Programs. The Vice President of Programs ensures match growth, match retention and match length goals are met through leadership of recruitment, enrollment, match and retention functions. This position is responsible
for overall quality and capacity building of agency direct services through an ongoing process of program & staff development, supervision, monitoring, and evaluation of service staff. Generally, this position is responsible for developing programs in concert with the organization's vision, mission and strategic plan. The Vice President of Programs directly supervises all members of the Program Leadership Team as well as the Enrollment staff. Bachelor's degree in social work or related field required; Graduate degree preferred.
For full job descriptions please click here.
To apply for either of these great job opportunities, please send cover letter and resume to
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- Area Finance/Accounting Intern
- Area App Developer Intern
- Area Graphic design Intern
- Area Communications Intern
For descriptions on each internship opportunity, please click here. To apply for any of these internships, please click here.
In our first 5 years we have: (continually being updated)
- 75 member organizations
- 6 investors
- 1,413 program registrations
- 119 hours of programming
- 166 e-newsletters
- Grant Gurus workshops
- 181jobs 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
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