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


In January of 2018, 41 UNI students had the opportunity to attend the Alliance Management Institute in Kansas City, Missouri.  They had a great time conversing with nonprofit professionals from all across the country and learned a ton!

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, 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 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 (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 coursework
  • Completing a 500-hour service project

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

What’s New with UNI’s NLA:


The University of Northern Iowa’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is starting the new school year off with a lot of excitement.

Next fall the students will be working towards raising money for the Annual Campaign. Students are raising money to attend the Alliance Management Institute (AMI), which will take place in Orlando, Florida in January 2019. AMI is a great place for young professionals to learn new skills and techniques and to network with professionals in the nonprofit sector.



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  • Spring semester meetings will be held Mondays from 3-5 pm in WRC 252.
  • If you are interested in becoming certified to change the world, please contact Kristina Kofoot (

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