May Training Opportunities
Your update this month is a week late due to my attendance at a training. I'm back and refreshed with the new information I learned! 
Here are a few learning opportunities to choose from in May:

Stay connected,
Carrie Walker, Nonprofit Network Coordinator

News for Nonprofits
Community Foundation Announces Summer Grant Cycle
The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation announces its second grant cycle for 2018 for local charitable nonprofits that provide services in Linn County. Applications will be accepted for the following: Program Fund, Organizational Development Fund, Competitive Donor-Advised Funds, and Endowment Challenge Fund. Applications are due Friday, June 15, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. CST. Find more information here.
Change in Financial Requirements
Beginning with the summer grant cycle, there is a change to the requirements regarding Financial Statements. In an effort to simplify the grant application process, an organizational budget is no longer required. Instead, grant applicants will be asked to submit one of the following: Independent Auditor's Report (dated); Independent Accountant's Review Report (dated); or Accountant's Compilation Report (dated). If none of them are available, applicants may submit a Statement of Financial Position and Statement of Activities. If you have questions about this change, or if your organization does not have any of the above, please contact Jenny Becker at

Epic Rebirth Event Scheduled to Highlight Community Progress Since June 2008
The Gazette and KCRG-TV9 will host Epic Rebirth, an event on June 13 at Veteran's Memorial Building in downtown Cedar Rapids. The celebration is free and open to the public. In June 2008, the landscape of Cedar Rapids was forever changed. Cited as one of the largest natural disasters in US history, the 2008 flood is now recognized as a turning point in major community development and achievement. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. Find more information about the event and schedule here.

2018 Fairfax USA Days Parade and Street Market Free For Nonprofits
The Fairfax USA Days Parade at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, welcomes participants at no charge. The Fairfax Street Market will be held from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. offering a free booth for nonprofits. Contact Cathy Bayne at 319-846-2994 to register. More information on Fairfax USA Days here.

Nonprofit Organizations Invited to Participate at Rock the Block
Nonprofit organizations are invited to set up a table at NewBo City Market's Rock the Block, the summer Friday night family concert series. This opportunity is free to pass out information or $20 to sell products, tickets, etc. Set-up will be from 4:30 to 5 p.m. on the day of the event. Find more information and list of available slots   here

Iowa Women's Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications for 2019 Awards
The Iowa Women's Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2019 grants. Economic self-sufficiency for all of Iowa's women and girls is central to the mission of the Iowa Women's Foundation and the grants program. Proposed projects must focus primarily on serving the needs and aspirations of women and girls. Find more information here. Applications must be completed by 5 p.m. on May 31, 2018.

ISU Extension Nonprofit Management Academy Begins June 12
Johnson County ISU Extension office has announced the 2018 Nonprofit Management Academy series. Day-long courses are available individually, or for CEU's and a certificate of Nonprofit Management from ISU. Register for any of the course that fulfill your training needs. Find the 2018 brochure here. More information here.

Veridian Credit Union Grant Program Accepting Applications
Veridian Credit Union has partnered with the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa to provide Veridian Credit Union's Enriching the Community Grants. Grants are made possible by the Veridian Credit Union Fund of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, and support general operating costs up to $5,000. The purpose of grants is to provide support to nonprofits whose work is primarily focused on addressing barriers to financial stability by helping individuals improve financial literacy and/or by addressing the needs of individuals to achieve self-sufficiency in Iowa and Nebraska. Applications are due July 15. More information here .

Visit the Nonprofit Network page at 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.
Wednesday, May 9, 12-1 p.m. Managers
Thursday, May 17, 12-1:30 p.m. CFO/Finance
Tuesday, May 22, 12-1 p.m. Marketing
Tuesday, June 5, 12-1 p.m. Executive Directors
Tuesday, June 19, 12-1 p.m., Development

AFP Eastern Iowa presents Grants-Gotta Love 'Em
Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Hills Bank & Trust, 590 Forevergreen Rd, North Liberty
Presenter: Helen B. Arnold, CFRE
Nationally, around 20% of charitable giving is from foundation and corporate grants. Most organizations apply for grants. But are you finding the best return? Learn how to research sources for your most effective grant funding and how to plan to write proposals with the best chance of success-with 20% of your time.
Cost: $25 non-member, free members
Register here.

Nonprofit Know-How: Annual Fund Campaign Workshop
Tuesday, May 15, 2018, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Public Library, Beems Auditorium A, 450 5th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids
Presenters: Michelle Beisker and Laura Booth, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, and peer panelists.
Session includes best practices regarding your annual fund campaign. This learning opportunity covers design, considerations (tax reform/market changes), ask and promotion, and evaluation. Then, spend time analyzing your annual campaign. Bring a plan for this year's or details from last year's campaign so that you can participate in the discussion and strategy session. Following, we will host a panel Q & A and discussion with your peers. Join us for a great learning opportunity.
Cost: Free, refreshments provided.
Register here.

Resilience and Trauma-Informed Care Symposium
Thursday, May 17, 2018, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hotel at Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids
Hosted by Tanager Place and National Resilience Institute, celebrate Mental Health Month by attending the Resilience and Trauma-Informed Care Symposium.
Speakers: Heather Formes, LCSW, author of Beyond Consequences, and Dr. Mollie Marti, President & CEO of National Resilience Institute
Cost: $25
More information here.

Leaders In Volunteerism May Conference
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Hills Bank & Trust, Lower Level Community Room, 3905 Blairs Ferry Rd, Cedar Rapids
This year's conference focus is equipping volunteer engagement professionals with the skills to lead volunteers for our organizations. The event features Jo Miller with Be Leaderly, Dr. Kate O'Neil from Mount Mercy University, and 
Professional Business Coach Heather Woody. More information about the presenters here
Cost: $25 members, $35 non-members
Register here.

ATD Hawkeye Presents 2018 Nonprofit Training Day
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Mount Mercy University Graduate Center, 1650 Matterhorn Dr NE, Cedar Rapids
Cost: $30 includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
Register here.

Eastern Iowa Planned Giving Council Presents Lessons Learned on the Planned Giving Battlefield
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 4-6 p.m.
Hotel at Kirkwood, Meeting Room A, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids
Presenter: Brenda Haefner, Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations, Mount Mercy University
A veteran of the fundraising world, Brenda has extensive background in Development with the former Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, The University of Iowa Foundation, and now Mount Mercy University. Event includes year-end program, election of officers, and discussion.
RSVP here.

2018 ISU Extension Johnson County Nonprofit Management Academy
Embracing Advocacy: How Your Organization Can Effectively Influence Public Opinion and Public Policy
Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Johnson County Extension Office, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City
Presenter: Paul Thelen, Director of the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center
Nonprofit organizations are uniquely situated to shape both public opinion and public policy. In this class, learn the rules that govern nonprofit advocacy, including lobbying activities. We will primarily focus on how you can develop the knowledge, skills, and resources to advance your organization's mission through effective advocacy.
Course Fee: $70; CEU Fee: $25; CEUs: 0.6
Program brochure and registration information  here.
More information  here.

2018 ISU Extension Johnson County Nonprofit Management Academy
Nonprofit Finance and Governance Best Practices
Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Johnson County Extension Office, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City
Presenters: David R. Little, CPA; Missy Roseberry, CPA; Mary Ites, Consultant at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP.
Part I: Finance Function Dysfunction; Part II: Fraud Risks & Prevention: Covering your Assets; Part III: Communicating Financials (more details in brochure).
Course Fee: $70; CEU Fee: $25; CEUs: 0.6
Program brochure and registration information  here.
More information here.
May 2018
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