About Us

National Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

Our Mission:
The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a national alliance of colleges, universities, and nonprofits; our mission is to strengthen the social sector with a talented and prepared workforce.

General Background:
The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics Inc.) was founded in 1948 by H. Roe Bartle and is now in partnership with over 33 colleges and universities and also proudly partners with 15 national nonprofit organizations.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri and is the only nonprofit organization to meet the need of educating and preparing students and professionals to be leaders in the nonprofit sector.

Through their work in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, along several other related requirements, students are able to earn a nationally recognized certificate in nonprofit leadership.  The Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) crediential/certificate, puts students a length ahead when it comes to beginning a career in the nonprofit sector after graduation.

“I would recommend Nonprofit Leadership Alliance to any college student who wanted to get into the service business; it is the best way to find out about opportunities to be of service and get a leg up towards a career.”

— Phil Hanson
Executive Vice President, Heart of America United Way

To learn more about the National Program, please visit the national office website: http://www.nonprofitleadershipalliance.org/.

UNI Campus Partner

At the University of Northern Iowa, we are celebrating our 30th year of being a Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Campus Partner!

Our Mission:
To strengthen the social sector with a talented and prepared workforce.

Our Goal:
To reduce the learning curve of nonprofit professionals, allowing them to immediately impact their organization and communities.

Competency Areas:
* Program Development
* Volunteer and Human Resource Management
* Financial Resource Development and Management
* Communication, Marketing, and Public Relations
* Cultural Competency and Diversity
* Governance, Leadership, and Advocacy
* Legal and Ethical Decision Making
* Personal and Professional Development
* Foundations and Management of the Nonprofit Sector
* Future of the Nonprofit Sector

Want to find out more about how you can become Certified to Change the World and join the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance at UNI? Click on the link to Getting Certified.

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Certified Nonprofit Professional Credential

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 a 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
  • Completing a 120-hour internship or field-based experience at a nonprofit organization
  • Attending an annual conference (Click here to learn more)
  • Completing the required coursework
  • Completing a service project

News & Updates

Alliance Management Institute 2020

In January of 2020, over thirty UNI students had the opportunity to attend the Alliance Management Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. They had a great time networking with nonprofit professionals from all across the country, participated in community consulting, and took home some incredible awards! They also enjoyed some free time walking the streets of the bbq & blues filled city, while at the conference. 

2020 Awards

  • 2nd Place- Graduate Research

2018 Awards

  • What’s the Big Idea? ($1000 Award)
  • 1st Place – Best Practices in the Nonprofit Sector
  • 1st Place – Undergraduate Research
  • 2nd Place – Undergraduate Research

The University of Northern Iowa’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Wins the “What’s the Big Idea?” Contest!

“The “What’s the Big Idea?” Award recognizes a group of NLA students who have created an innovative solution to address a major challenge facing the nonprofit sector. The 2018 groups focused on diversity, equity and inclusion in the nonprofit sector. UNI’s “Big Idea” was presented in front of a panel of judges and 500 conference attendees. As the winning team, UNI received the “What’s the Big Idea?” Award and $1,000 for the organization (Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, 2018)”.

We would like to extend an enormous thank you to all of our donors for supporting our students’ journey and professional development through the attendance of the Alliance Management Institute! 


Location and Contact

Contact Info
Kristina Kofoot, MA, CNP
Advisor, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a program of the Division of Leisure, Youth and Human Services

Office phone: 319.273.4507
Address: Human Performance Center 107C
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0241
E-mail: kristina.kofoot@uni.edu

Come visit us in the Human Performance Center (Connected to the WRC). Our office is located at HPC 107. We would love to talk with you!