Economic Inclusion Summit
(formerly Diversity & Inclusion Summit)
This seventh annual Summit is hosted by the Alliance & Chamber's  Diversity & Inclusion Partnership.
October 20  |  8:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.  
Hawkeye Community College, Tama Hall
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:45 a.m.  Presentations Begin

This year's keynote presentation is an interactive theater experience by  Breaking Ice, a theater troupe from Minneapolis that enacts workplace and community scenarios. You can learn more about Breaking Ice by watching this  video

Kyle Roed, Senior Human Resource Manager, Omega Cabinetry/MasterBrand Cabinets, will discuss non-traditional methods his company has used to find employees in the Cedar Valley.

The Diversity & Inclusion Partnership will be unveiling the Diversity & Inclusion online toolkit that will contain downloadable content on best practices used by compani
es of all sizes. 

Click here to register. CVNA is proud to be a sponsor of this great event!

Sector Solutions Series

Sector Solutions: What is ONE thing we could do to strengthen the nonprofit sector in the Cedar Valley?

The Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association planning committee has been thinking about our Association's role in strengthening the nonprofit sector.  In our first five years, CVNA has worked to strengthen the sector by supporting the growth of individual members ....
(1) bringing high-quality training to our community every quarter
(2) offering regular professional networking opportunities
(3) sharing information via our newsletter and our (new) website

Our surveys tell us that these services are important to CVNA members and we plan to continue offering workshops, networking, our website, and our newsletter!  

We're also thinking about how to strengthen the entire nonprofit sector , for all of us, and our community.  Our legislative forum is an example of a sector strengthening activity.  The forum (coming again on December 1) is a chance for us to give voice to issues that affect all of our organizations.  Examples of topics from previous forums include student loan forgiveness for nonprofit employees, minimum wage changes, reimbursement timelines for state grants and contracts, etc.  

An invitation to participate in a new editorial series:  
We're interested in hearing your ideas about how to strengthen the entire nonprofit sector. We'll begin the conversation with a question:   What is ONE thing we could do to strengthen the nonprofit sector in the Cedar Valley?   We're looking for big ideas and small ideas, research-based ideas, and locally sourced-ideas, simple ideas and even a few crazy ideas.   You can check out our first editorial in the series, Take Cedar Valley Internships to the Next Level by Stacy Van Gorp, R.J. McElroy Trust.

Can you help us?  We'd LOVE to hear YOUR ideas about specific practices or policies that could help the nonprofit sector to grow and improve.  Send us a quick note about your idea and then we'll select some for longer opinion pieces on our website and in our newsletter.  Please contact Stacy Van Gorp at or Holly Dusenbery at if you have an idea to share.  

Coming Soon: Our second Sector Solutions editorial from Barb Prather of the Northeast Iowa Foodbank.

The fine print:  The items in this series will be marked as editorial/opinion and do not reflect an endorsement or official position of Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association or its sponsors/investors. We reserve the right not to publish editorials that are designed be inflammatory or discriminatory.  
Community Events

Save the Date for Our
Celebration of Community 
Friday, November 3
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn
Join us at our Celebration of Community event as we celebrate the successes created when generous people, nonprofits, and community leaders come together to carry out a "here for good" philosophy. 
This fun and social occasion is a great opportunity to mingle with other community-minded people and gain a better understanding of the work of CFNEIA across our 20-county region. 

The event includes a hosted bar and appetizers along with a short program beginning at 5:45 p.m. to acknowledge our partners who are making good things happen in their communities.  Please click here to register for this great event.

"Taking the Leap: Caring for the Earth and one another"
Thursday, October 19, 2017
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Curris Business Building, Room 109

Anthony Rogers-Wright (in person) and Avi Lewis (via livestream), will speak about their work fighting for environmental justice and the growing movement to create a better, more sustainable world for us all to live in by addressing the climate crisis.  Anthony Rogers-Wright is a long time organizer and currently works as the U.S. Coordinator for The Leap, an organization co-founded by author Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis, a journalist and filmmaker known for his documentaries This Changes Everything and The Take.  This event is free and open to the public.  Please join us!

"The Leap" Workshop for UNI Students, Faculty, & Staff
Friday, October 20, 2017
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Rod Library ScholarSpace (Room 301)

Anthony Rogers-Wright will lead a workshop for UNI students, faculty, and staff in the Rod Library ScholarSpace (Room 301) from 10:00 - 11:00 AM on Friday, October 20.  Please join us!  No RSVP's required.

Together For Youth is hosting a fundraiser in partnership with Rudy's Tacos  Tuesday October 17th from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  We hope you'll check cooking off your to-do list that evening and join us for a fun evening enjoying their delicious food and recognizing October as "Let's Talk" Month.  Rudy's Tacos is located at 2401 Falls Ave. in Waterloo.  Please click here to print off fliers.

Grant Proposals

UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is now accepting proposals for Spring 2018 community partnerships! Proposals are due  October 13th . For more 
information, and the link to the request for proposal form, visit 
Volunteers Needed

Job Opportunities 

Job Title:  Program Supervisor (LSI is offering a $1,500 sign on bonus)

If you have a passion for making a positive change in your community, LSI is looking for you. Our Bremwood Residential Treatment Center in Waverly has a long history of serving trauma-impacted kids in Iowa. LSI is looking for a compassionate, dedicated full-time Program Supervisor to empower these children toward success.

Our Program Supervisors spend each day working directly with children on our campus, providing them with the safe and positive environment they need to thrive. This role is responsible for coordinating and supervising specific residential programs, activities, and staff to ensure consistent adherence to structure, policies, and procedures.  
  • A Bachelor's degree in Social Work or a social science-related field, plus two years of full-time work related experience.            
  •  Master's degree in Social Work, with one year of full-time work related experience
  • A Master's degree in Psychology or Counseling, with two years of full-time work related experience.
For more details on this position, please click here.

Job Title:  Executive Director

North Star Community Services is a private, not-for- profit organization that provides adult day services and community living services to individuals with a variety of disabilities including developmental disabilities, mental illness, traumatic brain injury and age-related disabilities.

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the organization, the implementation of the mission, and adherence to values and guiding principles. 

To apply for this position, please click here

Job Title:  Community Outreach Coordinator

The Community Outreach Coordinator is responsible for implementing successful fundraising events to meet revenue goals and community outreach activities to increase public awareness for Alzheimer's disease in the northern territory of the Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter.

Visit our website at for more detailed information and to apply online.
 In our first 5 years we have: (continually being updated)
  • 75 member organizations
  • 6 investors
  • 1,441 program registrations
  • 168 hours of programming
  • 168 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 184 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 

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.
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