UNI's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance receives 'What's the Big Idea?' Award at national conference

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) received the "What's the Big Idea?" Award at the annual Alliance Management Institute, an educational conference geared toward students planning a career in the nonprofit sector, in early January.

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Award
Susan Tomlinson Schmidt, CNP and President of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance; Madelyn Christensen, CNP; Trevor Schmitt; Morgan Rahe; JD Waybill; Emily Dvorak; and Lee Sherman, President & CEO, National Human Services Assembly

UNI's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a student-run organization dedicated to educating, preparing and certifying professionals to strengthen and lead nonprofit organizations. The group sent 41 students to the conference in Kansas City, Missouri, to attend educational workshops, network and experience career development activities, including research and awards presentations.

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.

In addition to receiving the "What's the Big Idea?" Award, students also participated in poster presentation sessions that allowed them to showcase best practices from their campus Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association or for the nonprofit sector and research conducted in one or more of the Alliance competency areas. UNI students received first and second place in Undergraduate Research and first place in Best Practices of the Nonprofit Sector.

For more information about UNI's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, visit uni-nonprofit.org or contact Julianne Gassman, campus executive director of NLA, at 319-273-2204 or julianne.gassman@uni.edu, or Kristina Kofoot, community engagement program coordinator for Undergraduate Studies, at 319-273-4507 or kristina.kofoot@uni.edu.


Julianne Gassman, associate professor, School of Kinesiology, Allied Health and Human Services, 319-273-2204, julianne.gassman@uni.edu

Kristina Kofoot, community engagement program coordinator, Undergraduate Studies, 319-273-4507, kristina.kofoot@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu