About the 70th Anniversary

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance commemorated its 70th anniversary with a series of events on June 2, 2018 at the Muehlebach Hotel in Kansas City. The focus of the anniversary celebrations was a tribute to the Alliance’s founders, including former Kansas City Mayor H. Roe Bartle.

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 worked 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 contributed $10,000 to support the Alliance’s mission. The goal was 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 received:

  • 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 

Circle of Friends

Terry & Peggy Dunn


Media Sponsor



Regnier Family Foundation



Kent Sunderland



Jim Nussbaum

Michael Rapp, Artist

Will Conway

Don Hall


Joan Horan

Chef David Schmidt

Cellar Rat Wine Merchants

Bob London

Table Sponsors

Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity   Community America Credit Union
Copilevitz & Canter, LLC Drenda Tomlison Jane Massey

Kansas State University
Staley School of Leadership Studies


Jimmie & Alice Stark