Celebrating Good Work & Good People
We celebrated good work, good people, and our entire nonprofit community at the 5th annual Celebration of Community on November 15 at NewBo City Market. I enjoyed seeing the large crowd to help us celebrate! If you missed the celebration, check out photos on our Facebook page, and read about each of our "Good people" here. See our videos here.
Thank you for making it a memorable afternoon for all!
Stay connected,
Carrie Walker, Nonprofit Network Coordinator
Our appreciation to the area nonprofits who submitted the names and stories of these "Good people." They were recognized on a display and in a video at the event. View more information here.

Congratulations to our 2017 Nonprofit Award Recipients!
Nonprofit Leadership Excellence Award:
Shannon Ramsay, Founding President & CEO, Trees Forever
Minnie Rubek Staff Excellence Award:
Tara Richards, Director of Community Engagement, Brucemore
Award recipients Tara Richards and Shannon Ramsay

News for Nonprofits
Holiday DeLight Parade December 9
The 34th annual Holiday DeLight Parade transforms downtown Cedar Rapids on Saturday, December 9, at 5:30 p.m. If you would like to participate in the parade by preparing a float or walking unit, nonprofit cost is $35. Applications must be submitted by December 6. More information here.

Professional Development Opportunity for Iowa Arts & Cultural Leaders
The Iowa Arts Council, in collaboration with Arts Midwest, is offering leaders of Iowa arts, heritage, and cultural organizations the opportunity to participate in ArtsLab Iowa: Cultivating Cultural Leadership. This six-month strategy and leadership program is designed to ensure cultural leaders in Iowa have the skills, ideas, and mindsets of adaptability and resilience needed to thrive in a world of continuous change. Applications are due December 8. More information here.

Mount Mercy University Students Offer Marketing Plans
Students at Mount Mercy University are offering a free, written marketing plan to nonprofit organizations, in coordination with a class that begins in January. To be considered, please contact Nancy Garberson, Adjunct Professor, at nancy.garberson@mcshome.com or 319-329-7660.

United Way Offers Holiday Volunteer Guide
United Way of East Central Iowa produced the Holiday Volunteer Guide to connect volunteers to organizations with the greatest need during the holiday season. Visit here to find out more information.

Kirkwood Offers Volunteer Management Certificate Program
Kirkwood Continuing Education will offer a Volunteer Management Certificate program beginning on January 17 at the Coralville United Way. The certificate focuses on the specialized skills needed for managing volunteers and includes six sessions. Cost is $599 for the overall certificate; individual classes are also available. Find more information here

Visit the Nonprofit Network page at  www.gcrcf.org for our online calendar.

Training Opportunities
Upcoming Peer Groups
Please contact  Carrie Walker if you are  interested in finding out more
about  peer groups. These monthly or bi- monthly lunch meetings  provide a great  opportunity to discuss current  issues, discover new ideas, and create peer connections.  Lunch is provided for those who RSVP.

Tuesday, December 5, 12-1 p.m. Executive Directors
Wednesday, December 13, 12-1 p.m. Managers
Tuesday, December 19, 12-1 p.m. Development
Thursday, December 21, 12-1:30 p.m. CFO/Finance 
No Marketing Peer Group in December due to the holiday. 

Association of Fundraising Professionals
Gambling for a Good Cause
Tuesday, December 12, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Hills Bank, 590 W. Forevergreen Road, North Liberty
Presenters: Carley Umstead, Tax Senior Manager at RSM and Jason Fisher, CFO/VP of Finance and Administration at United Way of East Central Iowa
Come and learn what all nonprofits need to know when it comes to events that involve gambling.
Cost: Members free; Guests $25, includes lunch 
Register here.

Google Drive Basics
Presented by the Cedar Rapids Public Library
Thursday, December 21, 2017, 1-2:30 p.m.
Downtown Library, 450 5th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids
With a Gmail email account, you gain access to many other valuable resources including spreadsheets and word documents you can access from anywhere. Explore a few of the many tools that can be used through Google. 
Cost: Free
Register here.
December 2017
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Library Resources
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Please note: when we receive job openings in local nonprofits, we post them on the Nonprofit Network LinkedIn page.
Nonprofit Network of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
324 3rd Street SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Phone: 319.366.2862  Fax: 319.366.2912
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