The changing semesters are always a great time to reflect on past experiences of our number one asset: our students. As we gear up for new relationships, assignments, and successes, it is important to look back and recognize our accomplishments.
The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance just finished celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. This was recognized in part by hosting the national conference, the Alliance Management Institute, in Kansas City, Kansas. Over 300 students from 30 campuses attended, presented, and contributed over 2,500 hours of service to local area nonprofits.
Attendees included our new Certified Nonprofit Professional Campus Director Dr. Wendy Bolyard and Erin Kahle, a CU Denver student selected as an Ambassador to refine conference content and case studies. The NLA also culminated a new milestone in nonprofit network connectivity by awarding their 10,000th Certified Nonprofit Professional.
Sessions at AMI included outstanding keynote presentations by Rev. Thomas B. Curran, S.J., the 14th president of Rockhurst University; Jatrice Martel Gaiter, executive vice president, external affairs for Volunteers of America, one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive human service charities; and Kevin Washington, president and CEO of YMCA of the USA, the national resource office for the Y— a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Student attendees participated in “Consulting Day,” which allowed them to actively address real issues facing nonprofit organizations, work collaboratively to determine solutions, and provide service to nonprofit agencies within the host city. Student consultants examined an issue facing a nonprofit organization and offered ideas and solutions for the issue. Consulting Day organizations included various YMCAs, Alpha Phi Omega, Camp Fire Heartland, Catholic Charities, Cultivate Kansas City, Falling Forward Foundation, Folk Alliance International, Boy Scouts of America, Hope Haven of Cass County, Jewish Family Services, Kansas City Startup Foundation, Kansas City Teacher Residency, Lead to Read, MINDDRIVE, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, Pinky Swear Foundation, ReDiscover, Teach for America, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Wayside Waifs, and Youth Volunteer Corps.
MPA students at the School of Public Affairs are encouraged to discover a unique opportunity to leverage their degree in another way. Students who successfully complete their nonprofit concentration at SPA are eligible to receive the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential. This is the only national credential for professionals in nonprofit management. Those who complete the CNP are awarded the credential and gain access to a network of nonprofit career resources, including a job portal and a national network of over 10,000 other nonprofit professionals. This is a great credential to list on a resume and an additional opportunity to connect with current CU students to contribute to further shared objectives.
We are perpetually thrilled by the complex world of nonprofits and are honored by the involvement of our students: your efforts help to shape a better place for all of us. If the CNP is of interest to you, Dr. Bolyard and Dylan Monke, CNP campus coordinator, would be happy to assist you on the next steps to attain your CNP and update you on any campus opportunities.
You can also begin the enrollment process by visiting the Alliance Management Institute website.
~Post by Dylan Monke