About the 70th Anniversary

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance will commemorate its 70th anniversary with a series of events to be held in 2018. The focus of the anniversary celebrations will be a tribute to the Alliance’s founders, including former Kansas City Mayor H. Roe Bartle.

Upcoming Events

7oth Anniversary Gala

June 2, 2018

Muehlebach Hotel, Kansas City

70th Anniversary Reception

October 2018

New York City, Mutual of America, 35th Floor





Theme: A Better World

Some 70 years ago, H. Roe Bartle convened a small circle of friends to discuss what he saw as a serious issue facing society. Having worked and volunteered for years with Boy Scouts and Y USA, Bartle knew better than most that the solution to our community’s most pressing issues is the network of nonprofit organizations collectively working to make the world a better place. Bartle saw in this network an opportunity to create a better future; to lift our collective quality of life. He asked his circle of friends to invest their time, talent and treasure — not in one organization or mission — but in them all. Bartle’s vision was to create a talent pipeline for the nonprofit sector, developing leaders who would one day become change agents. Invest in people, he said, and you will see a significant return on that investment. And that is exactly what Bartle’s circle of friends did. From there, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance was born. Many years later, we are still at work, preparing emerging leaders to tackle the most complex of societal ills.

Bartle’s Circle of Friends

As part of the 70th anniversary activities, the Alliance board and volunteers are working to establish a 2018 Circle of Friends. Corporate supporters who, like the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, are committed to elevating Kansas City’s economic engine and quality of life. Each member will contribute $10,000 to support the Alliance’s mission. The goal is 15 corporate sponsors to complete the 2018 Circle of Friends.

“We are truly honored to serve as the 70th Anniversary Celebration Co-Chairs for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.  Our history with this organization dates back to the relationship that my grandfather, John Ernest Dunn, Sr., had with Mayor H. Roe Bartle, the founder of the Alliance.  We salute not only the tremendous success the organization has enjoyed during the past 70 years, but also their alumni throughout the world who are providing strong leadership in both the nonprofit and the for-profit arena.”

– Terry and Peggy Dunn


The 2018 Circle of Friends will receive:

  •  Inclusion in all event materials (webpage, invitations, program booklets, press releases)
  •  Four invitations to the President’s Reception and Closing Ceremony at the 2018 Alliance Management Institute
  • One table (10 invitations) to the 70th Anniversary Gala
  • Four invitations to the NYC 70th Anniversary Reception




70th Anniversary Sponsors 


Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity

Arizona State University/Lodestar Center

Community America Credit Union

Will Conway

Copilevitz & Canter, LLC

Terry & Peggy Dunn

Lead Bank

Mutual of America

Jim Nussbaum


Michael Rapp, Artist

Regnier Family Foundation


Studio 421 Floral Design

Drenda Tomlinson

UMB Financial Corporation


For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please email Christa Beall Diefenbach.