Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

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Are you passionate about creating positive change? Do you see yourself working for the cause instead of the salary? Does fundraising make you jump for joy? Then you should consider joining UNI’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) and getting your Certified Nonprofit Professional Credential (CNP). NLA is a student-run organization dedicated to educating, preparing, and certifying the future professionals of the nonprofit world!


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.

Annual Giving Campaign 

We are working towards funding our trip to our annual national conference and other professional development opportunities for the association. Want to contribute? Click the link below:

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About US

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 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

News & Updates

Alliance Management Institute 2019

Research Teams
2018 Alliance Management Institute – Kansas City, Missouri!

In January of 2019, over thirty UNI students had the opportunity to attend the Alliance Management Institute in Orlando, Florida. They had a great time networking with nonprofit professionals from all across the country, participated in case studies, and took home some incredible awards! They also enjoyed some fun in the sun while at the conference. 

2019 Awards


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

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!