January 2019
Power of Peer Groups
The Nonprofit Network is proud to offer monthly peer groups for area nonprofit professionals. Peer groups offer you an opportunity to connect with peers, enjoy lunch, and learn from others to help make your nonprofit work more effective. Please send me your feedback about peer groups. Thank you to all who participate; you make it a powerful tool for all of us. If you'd like to find out more about peer groups, please visit here or message me.
Stay connected,
Carrie Walker, Nonprofit Network Manager
News for Nonprofits
Stand for Your Mission Award Now Accepting Award Applications  
BoardSource created the Stand for Your Mission Award in 2018 to recognize nonprofit boards that have established advocacy as an expectation for engaged and effective board leadership. The winner of the award receives $5,000 to support its work. Deadline is February 1, 2019. Find more information here . If your board is interested in advocacy work, visit here for free resources and tools.
Community Foundation Grant Program Updates for 2019
The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation will implement a new Fall grant deadline and several other small changes to grant programs in 2019. Program Officers will visit January peer group meetings to share more about these updates. The Program Officers will then be available for the 30 minutes following peer groups to have brief discussions or to schedule future appointments. As a reminder, program officers are available throughout the year to discuss grant programs by appointment. These peer group visits replace the Pre-App Briefings that were held in recent years, as attendance had declined. Grant program updates will be posted on the website.

Community Foundation Announces Spring Grant Cycle
The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation announces its first grant cycle for 2019 for local charitable nonprofits. Applications will be accepted through Friday, February 15, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. Please find more information here . The online grant portal will open on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

ISU Extension Office Nonprofit Management Academy Coming to Linn County in 2019
The ISU Extension Office will hold the Nonprofit Management Academy this year in Linn County. The series of classes address various areas of nonprofit management. Classes can be taken individually, as a series, or for credit to earn a certificate. Please click here to take a brief survey to inform the organizers for this year's class schedule. Watch for more details soon.

Nominate a Deserving Volunteer for a United Way Volunteer Award
Know someone who should receive recognition for their volunteering? Nominate them for a United Way Volunteer Award. The nomination deadline is January 25, 2019. Find more information, including award categories, here .

City of Cedar Rapids Offers Free goIT Class To Nonprofits, Educators, and Volunteers
The City of Cedar Rapids, in partnership with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, will hold a free, one-day facilitator training program for TCS' goIT program. The session will be held on Wednesday, March 13, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Economic Alliance. Participants will train to become certified in teaching the youth in our community about computational and design thinking, technology skills, and designing an entrepreneurial pitch. Please visit here for more information.

Wellmark Foundation Announces 2019 MATCH Grants
Wellmark Foundation has announced its 2019 MATCH grant programs for 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in Iowa and South Dakota. Funding focuses on two key areas: increasing access to and consumption of nutritious foods, and creating safe and healthy environments in which to be active. Click here for information about the grant program, including deadlines and eligibility.
Training Opportunities
Upcoming Peer Groups
Please RSVP to peer groups. Email Carrie Walker here .
Tuesday, Jan. 8 , 12-1 p.m. Executive Directors @ Prairiewoods
Wednesday, Jan. 9 , 12-1 p.m. Managers
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 12-1 p.m., Development
Thursday, Jan. 17, 12-1 p.m. CFO/Finance
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 12-1 p.m. Marketing

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, 11:30-1 p.m.
Hills Bank, 590 W. Forevergreen Rd., North Liberty
Cost: Members free, non-member $25

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, 12-1:30 p.m.
Horizons, 819 5th Street SE, Cedar Rapids
Cost: Free, registration required.

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, 3-4:30 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Public Library, Ladd Library, 3750 Williams Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids
Cost: Free, registration required.

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, 2 p.m. CST
Cost: $89
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center, 1770 Boyson Road, Hiawatha
Cost: $35

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Kirkwood Center for Lifelong Learning, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids
Cost: $99

March 7, 2019
Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 W Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN
Cost: Varies, early bird non-member $239

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, 501 First Street SE, Cedar Rapids
Cost: Free, registration required. Lunch included. More information here .

When we receive job openings from local nonprofits, we post them on the Nonprofit Network LinkedIn page .
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