The University of Northern Iowa’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Program receives the Program of Excellence Award!


This past January, 42 UNI students had the opportunity to attend the Alliance Management Institute in Houston, Texas.  They had a great time conversing with nonprofit professionals from all across the country and learned a ton!

This year the UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance was awarded the Program of Excellence Award! This is a big honor and it shows how hard the students have worked in the past year.

An enormous thank you to all of our donors for supporting our students’ journey and professional development for the Alliance Management Institute! And good luck to our NLA graduates on their careers in the nonprofit sector!

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.

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 new year off with a lot of excitement.  Now that all the students are back from Alliance Management Institute in Houston, Texas they are ready to go back to work!

This spring the students will be working within the Cedar Valley on various projects that will benefit the community.  They are ready to take what they have learned from their workshop and case study experiences and apply it to their future career and college based projects.


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  • The Spring 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.