Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

  • Kansas City, MO
  • www.nonprofitleadershipalliance.org

Mission Statement

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance strengthens the social sector with a talented, prepared workforce.

Main Programs

  1. Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) Credential
  2. Alliance Management Institute (AMI)
  3. Career Development Awards
  4. Network Partners
  5. CNP Launch
Service Areas

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National

National

ruling year

1951

Principal Officer since 2014

Self-reported

Mrs. Susan Tomlinson Schmidt

Keywords

Self-reported

nonprofit management, workforce development, leadership, education, certified nonprofit professional (CNP) credential

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EIN

44-0546869

 Number

2617914473

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Nonprofit Management (S50)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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Accomplishments for FY 2016: The Alliance launched a new initiative that connects former military personnel to nonprofit careers. The pilot included 75 veterans who are part of The Mission Continues network. These individuals are participating in an online leadership development program that includes coursework and service. Participants received extensive career counseling and resources. Upon completion, they will earn the Alliance's Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential.In order to address the demand for qualified nonprofit professionals, the Alliance must expand the ways that students can earn the CNP. To that end, we added the following campuses to our network last fiscal year: University of Colorado-Denver, Metropolitan State University, University of North Texas-Dallas, Madison College. We also launched a virtual learning platform that allows students to earn the CNP credential in a completely online environment. We hosted our annual Alliance Management Institute in Houston, January 3-5, 2016. As the largest nonprofit career development conference in the country specifically geared toward undergraduate students, the 2016 Institute had 435 students in attendance. This resulted in more than 3,500 hours of service provided to Houston-area nonprofits. The Alliance awarded 114 scholarships and internship stipends to students with demonstrated financial need. Goals for FY 2017: Award the CNP credential to a minimum of 450 undergraduate and graduate students.Award the CNP credential to a minimum of 50 veterans and other working professionals.Affiliate four new campus partners.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) Credential

The Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential is the only national nonprofit credential preparing students for careers in nonprofit management. Students who complete a rigorous leadership development program at one of the Alliance's affiliated colleges or universities are awarded the credential and gain access to tremendous nonprofit career resources, including the CNP network. The training for the Alliance's CNP credential is based on the 10 core competencies that hiring managers are looking for in prospective employees.The Alliance's competency-based model uses an evidence-based assessment, rather than grade point average, to determine whether core competencies have been attained. A hallmark of the CNP credential is the experiential learning that is infused throughout the program. Students demonstrate mastery of academic material by successfully undertaking a real-life application of the theory or process studied. This applied learning happens through service-learning and fundraising activities, leadership development programming, project and event management, and a minimum 300-hour nonprofit internship.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

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Budget

Program 2

Alliance Management Institute (AMI)

Each year, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance hosts more than 650 college students, many of whom are about to graduate and start nonprofit careers. Students attend AMI to meet a CNP requirement. They attend workshops taught by nonprofit professionals, and conduct "case study" leadership service projects with local nonprofits, where they help nonprofits tackle strategic challenges. They also hear from national nonprofit leaders and network with nonprofits about career opportunities.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$350,000.00

Program 3

Career Development Awards

The Career Development Award program is designed to eliminate the barrier of an unpaid internship by providing $2,000 in internship stipends for students completing the requirements of the CNP credential. A key objective of the program is to promote diversity of the nonprofit workforce.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$1,005,000.00

Program 4

Network Partners

The Alliance is working to change the world in ways that ensure nonprofit organizations have the talented workforce they need to fulfill their missions. The Alliance's commitment to offering alternate pathways to the credential is an extension of our initiative to strengthen the pipeline to nonprofit careers. Currently, Alliance students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program to obtain the credential. Our objective for the 2016 fiscal year is to launch an alternative way to earn the credential. We hope to sign new partners and engage our current ones to offer continuing education that will allow current professionals, veterans and service members to gain the missing pieces they need to fulfill the ten competencies linked to the credential.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

Program 5

CNP Launch

The Alliance provides a critical link between talented professionals interested in careers in the nonprofit sector and employers interested in hiring passionate and prepared employees. One important way we do this is through CNP Launch, a cloud-based employment matching system that connects students and CNPs to job and internship openings at our national and local nonprofit partners. At any given time, CNP Launch features more than 4,000 nonprofit internship and employment opportunities.

Category

Employment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$40,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

National

Funding Needs

Raise $228,500 in charitable contributions to bridge the gap between fees for service and operating expenses. Increase brand awareness by presenting at conferences and driving more traffic to websites. Secure $75,000 to sponsor the annual Alliance Management Institute. Reach our goal of awarding the CNP credential to a minimum of 500 students and working professionals (mentioned above). Secure new corporate partners to raise $10,000 for operating costs and new programs.

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

National Human Services Assembly (formerly National Assembly of Health and Human Service Organizations) - Member

Chamber of Commerce

Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City

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NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Susan Tomlinson Schmidt

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Look around Kansas City and you will see our alumni woven in the fabric of our nonprofit community. The CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, the Scout Executive of the BSA Heart of America Council, the president of the Truman Heartland Community Foundation, the development director at the Red Cross of GKC, and the volunteer coordinator at the United Way of GKC are all Certified Nonprofit Professionals (CNPs), just to name a few. The CNP credential is the first professional designation of its kind in the country. Professionals who carry it demonstrate that they have mastered 10 critical nonprofit management and leadership competencies, participated in a 300-hour or more internship to learn how to apply those competencies, conducted leadership and service activities in diverse community situations, and attended our Alliance Management/Leadership Institute. The CNP credential can be used by all alumni of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (and American Humanics) who have earned the National Certification in Nonprofit Management/Leadership, regardless of certification date. The CNP credential goes right after the carrier's name, just like other credentials (e.g. Jane Doe, CNP). We are proud to announce that in the 2011-2012 academic year, we credentialed 546 college and university students - the most ever! We even broke last year's tally of 480 new CNPs, itself a record at the time! Butas proud as we are of this growth, we know that it is just a drop in the bucket when compared to nonprofit workforce needs. We are working on initiatives now to dramatically grow the number of CNPs we put out each year, along with the number of campus and nonprofit partners to accommodate them. We will also continue our strategic effort to return to our core service model: connecting prepared, dedicated and passionate college students and professionals as interns and employees with our nonprofit partners. Integral to this goal is developing bonds at the local level between our campus and nonprofit partners. We look forward to continued and expanded engagement with all of our partners towards this important goal. Finally, like many nonprofits, we have experienced our share of resource challenges as we move forward. To overcome these challenges and grow, we have started work on initiatives to recruit service- and career-minded high school and community college students into our campus partners, strengthen our campus' Community Councils to connect students with local affiliates of our National Nonprofit Partners that serve as internship and career placement sites, and develop and launch a national Career and Internship and Placement Program. We are excited about our future, and the future of the nonprofit sector workforce."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jimmie Stark

Retired, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Term: Apr 2014 - June 2017

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