UNI's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance wins big at national conference

UNI NEWS SERVICES – For students looking to work in the nonprofit sector, a University of Northern Iowa student association is providing a head start for success in the field.

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
UNI's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance at the Alliance Management Institute's national conference in Florida.

In early January, UNI’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) chapter brought home two awards from the Alliance Management Institute’s national conference in Florida, including honors for “Campus Program Excellence for Outstanding Student Association Fundraising” and first place in “Best Practices in a Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association.”

Five UNI students—sophomore Katelyn Brockmeyer and juniors Madison Gaffney, Mikaela Heikens, Jenna Hoover and Josie Riedell—were awarded first place for their presentation titled “NLA Annual Campaign: A Study in Fundraising and Student Development Best Practices.”

For the best campus fundraising awards, the Alliance Management Institute (AMI) considered the efforts of all 36 campus student associations across the country. The UNI NLA students raised a total of $22,040, which goes directly to students to attend professional development opportunities and the AMI event with no out-of-pocket expenses.

"The awards for our association validate that our students are gaining great experience in fundraising that they may not otherwise get,” said NLA advisor, Kristina Kofoot.  “We have several alumni who are now working in fundraising in the nonprofit sector. We are proud of the work that our students are doing and the impact that is going on to have in their futures."

Students who participate in NLA and earn their credential are proven to be seven times more likely to rise to the level of director or higher in a nonprofit organization, twice as likely to stay in the nonprofit sector and two years ahead of their peers when they enter the workforce,” Kofoot said.

Students in NLA are interested in working in nonprofits sectors after graduation. Through the association, as well as required courses, students earn their Certified Nonprofit Professional credential.

For more information on the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, contact Kofoot at  kofootk@uni.edu or 319-273-4507.


Kristina Kofoot, advisor, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, 319-273-4507, kristina.kofoot@uni.edu

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