October 2019
Join Us For Community Learning Series Event on October 30
The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation will host its second Community Learning Series event on Wednesday, October 30 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. The event is free and open to the public.
Community Learning Series: Gateways for Growth will focus on emerging efforts to make Cedar Rapids a more welcoming place for immigrants and refugees. Gateways for Growth is a program of New American Economy and Welcoming America. The City of Cedar Rapids, in partnership with the Economic Alliance and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is coordinating the effort locally with grant support from the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. Cedar Rapids was selected in a nationwide competitive grant process to participate in the effort.
To inform the Gateways for Growth effort, New American Economy has conducted research and gathered information on the demographic and economic contributions of immigrant populations within Cedar Rapids. Kate Brick, Director of State and Local Initiatives at New American Economy, will share these findings at the Community Learning Series. Her presentation will be followed by an update from the local collaboration and a question and answer session. The event will also feature the stories of several local immigrants, as well as remarks from Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart. Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in small group conversations about the topic.
Register here
Stay connected,
Carrie Walker, Nonprofit Network Manager
News for Nonprofits
Nonprofit Party Set For November 7
The Community Foundation and Nonprofit Network will host the Nonprofit Party at the Museum, a new annual event for nonprofit professionals, on Thursday, November 7, 2019, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art's second floor auditorium. Click here to RSVP.
AFP Eastern Iowa Chapter Offers Membership Scholarship Opportunity
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Eastern Iowa Chapter is awarding four membership scholarships to fundraising professionals who are new to the field or not previously a member of AFP. Applications may be completed and returned to Patti Kunz at patti.kunz@cvhabitat.org by October 4, 2019 for consideration. Find the application form and more information here .

United Way Facilitating Community Volunteer Engagement Assessment; Feedback Due October 7
As the primary volunteer center for our area, United Way of East Central Iowa facilitates a community-wide survey and assessment every three years to learn more about volunteer engagement at nonprofits in our community. United Way seeks at least one participant from each nonprofit organization to dedicate 20 minutes to complete the survey. If there are a variety of programs at your organization, additional staff can participate. The survey closes on Monday, October 7. Find the survey here .

Grants Seek to Engage Youth and Reduce Violence
The Safe, Equitable, and Thriving Communities (SET) Fund at the Community Foundation will make its second round of grants this fall, and the aim is to improve community safety. The SET Fund, which was established in the fall of 2018 by the City of Cedar Rapids, Linn County, and the Cedar Rapids Community School District, grew from the recommendations of the SET Task Force in a 2017 report. Fall grant applications are due on October 10, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. CST. Find more information about the fall grant cycle here .
Training Opportunities
The Nonprofit Network invites local nonprofit professionals to participate in monthly peer learning and networking groups. Peer groups are open to those currently working for a nonprofit organization. Peer groups are not designed for job seekers, students, or vendors (unless noted).
Please email Carrie Walker if you would like to receive monthly email invitations for a specific group. An RSVP is necessary so we can order your free lunch.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 12-1 p.m.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 12-1 p.m.

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 12-1 p.m.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 12-1 p.m.

Executive Director
Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 12-1 p.m.

Monday, October 7, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Whipple Auditorium, Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library
Cost: Free, lunch provided with registration.
Register here .

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Hills Bank & Trust, 3905 Blairs Ferry Rd, Cedar Rapids
Cost: Members free; $25 non-members.
Register here .
Two opportunities:
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m.
South Slope Community Center, 980 N. Front Street, North Liberty
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m.
Hills Bank, 3204 7th Ave, Marion
Cost: Free for nonprofit organizations, $25 per person.
Register here by October 11.

October 29-30, 2019
Meadows Event Center at Prairie Meadows,
Altoona, Iowa
Early registration rates through October 17.
Find registration fees and link to register here .

Presented by the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 4:30-6 p.m.
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids
Cost: Free, open to the public
Register here .

Cedar Rapids Marriott, 1200 Collins Road NE, Cedar Rapids
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 8-11:15 a.m.
Cost: $60 members/$70 non-members. Luncheon follows for additional cost.
Register and more information here .
When we receive job openings from local nonprofits, we post them on the Nonprofit Network LinkedIn page .
324 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
319.366.2682  www.gcrcf.org