Who We Are:

The University of Northern Iowa Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) is a student run organization dedicated to educating, preparing, and certifying professionals to strengthen and lead nonprofit organizations.  NLA is also a national alliance of 40 current colleges and universities universities, as well as countless nonprofit organizations that are committed to preparing undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals for careers with national and international nonprofit organizations.

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Why join NLA:

Students and professionals enrolled in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance work to achieve the Certified Nonprofit Professional certification (CNP).  Receiving this certification not only prepares students to enter the field, it also equips them with the knowledge and experiences necessary to excel tremendously within the organization.  In fact, research shows that professionals who receive their CNP credential are seven times more likely to rise to director or higher levels, compared to those without the certification.

A few requirements must be met in order to become certified including:

  • Completing the Ten Core Competencies (click here to learn more)
  • Completing a 300 hour internship or field based experience at a nonprofit organization
  • Attending an annual Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Management Institute (Click here to learn more)
  • Completing the required course work
  • Completing a 500 hour service project

To learn more about these requirements visit the About Us: @UNI tab above or click here.

Whats New with UNI’s NLA:

The University of Northern Iowa’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is starting the year off with a lot of excitement. Focus has been brought to new member engagement opportunities! This semester has brought UNI’s NLA organization a number of new faces, and with the help of Melanie Bressler, Membership Engagement Director, as well as many others in the Alliance, they hope to continue growing and becoming more widely known on campus!

UNI students are also gearing up for their annual fundraising campaign to attend the Alliance Management Institute January 3-5, 2016. The Institute will be held in Houston, Texas this year. UNI NLA is working towards sending 35 NLA students to the institute. Upcoming fundraising opportunities for this campaign will be taking way soon!

Alliance Management Institute:

This past January, UNI students had the opportunity to attend the Alliance Management Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah!  We had a great time conversing with nonprofit professionals from all across the country and learned a ton!

Enormous thank you to RuffaloCODY for their huge charitable donation of $10,000 to our fundraising campaign!  Without their support and all the the other generous contributions we received from countless donors, none of this would have been possible!

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  • The Fall semester class will be held Mondays from 3-5 pm in WRC 252.
  • If you are interested in becoming certified to change the world, please contact Angie Widner (widner@uni.edu) or Jullianne Gassman (jullianne.gassman@uni.edu).

National Workforce Affiliates
 These national workforce affiliates provide the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance input into what competencies are necessary to work for their agencies.