University of North Dakota Student Wins National Award

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DATE: January 11, 2018

CONTACT: Christa Beall Diefenbach, CNP, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (Email)

Kansas City, Mo. – The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance recently presented Keller Karlstrom, a student at the University of North Dakota, with the Student Leader of the Year Award. The award was presented at the annual Alliance Management Institute—an educational conference for students planning a career in the nonprofit sector, on January 5, 2018, at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

The Student Leader of the Year Award is presented to a current Nonprofit Leadership Alliance student who exemplifies leadership on his or her campus as demonstrated by:

  • Progressive responsibilities in the Alliance student association;
  • Success as a leader in the student association shown through measurable outcomes such as increased fundraising, increased student participation and enhanced engagement with local nonprofit leaders;
  • Evidence of a hands-on internship that enhanced the ability of the organization to meet its mission.

Throughout his tenure with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance student association at the University of North Dakota, Karlstrom has progressively grown as a leader. In his first year, he successfully secured volunteers to work with the Adoptive Nonprofit Project in renovation of their thrift store. The following year, he served as the community service chair and coordinated multiple volunteer efforts. Currently Karlstrom serves as the executive chair of the student association. He was responsible for securing funding for the annual opportunity fair, raising $1,250 through a grant proposal.

“Keller is a leader at his own campus as well as within the entire Nonprofit Leadership Alliance network,” said Susan T. Schmidt, CNP, president of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. “We are proud to see his work in North Dakota—and we can’t wait to welcome him into our network of Certified Nonprofit Professionals.”

The 2018 honorees were chosen by an awards selection committee composed of key Alliance stakeholders, including affiliated faculty members, alumni, nonprofit partners, board members and sponsors.

About the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance: Since 1948, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance has worked to strengthen the social sector with a talented, prepared workforce. Its Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential is the only national nonprofit management certification in the U.S. The Alliance system, which includes nearly 40 colleges and universities, 15 national nonprofit partners and more than 10,000 CNPs, is the largest network in the country working to build a talent pipeline for the social sector.