We are lucky enough to live a community where nonprofit leaders, businesses, and government institutions have partnered together to build a better Cedar Valley. Over the last decade this collaborative spirit catalyzed a handful of philanthropic/nonprofit leaders to consider how nonprofits and our community could continue to thrive if we were to work together more intentionally and systematically.
To that end, several organizations have been working behind the scenes to organize a network for local nonprofits. Two years ago we named the network, The Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association, and offered quarterly networking and educational events. In 2011 we started a website (www.cedarvalleynonprofitassociation.com), began distributing an e-newsletter every two weeks and found some talented interns to help us. Today, we are ready to launch a new phase of activity. We believe over the next several years our activities will encourage growth of nonprofit executives, organizations, and the sector as a whole.