Alliance Awards

Congratulations to the 2019 Award Recipients

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance was proud to present the national awards at the 2019 Alliance Management Institute (AMI) in Orlando, Fla.  

Campus of the Year: Missouri Valley College Pictured: Students, faculty and administration from Missouri Valley College Campus Director of the Year: Dr. Jennifer Wade-Berg, CNP Kennesaw State University Campus Program Excellence in Program Building: Central Michigan University Pictured: Dr. Emma Powell, CNP, Campus Director, Central Michigan University
Campus Program Excellence for Outstanding Community Engagement: Maryville College Pictured: Amy Gilliland, Campus Director, Maryville College Campus Program Excellence for Outstanding Student Association Fundraising: Georgia State University and University of Northern Iowa Pictured: Amber Slyter, CNP (left), Campus Director, George State University Dr. Julianne Gassman, CNP (right), Campus Director, University of Northern Iowa “What’s the Big Idea?” People’s Choice: Donielle Hetrick Central Michigan University
CNP of the Year, Emerging Leader Category: Lauren Jeong, CNP Georgia State University CNP of the Year, Seasoned Professional Category: Scott Holdman, CNP University of North Dakota Mutual of America Nonprofit Partner of the Year: Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation Pictured: Teresa VanHorn, CNP (left), Campus Director, University of San Diego (accepting the award on behalf of the Foundation) and Will Conway (right), Chief Operating Officer, Mutual of America

“What’s the Big Idea?” Finalists

“Nonprofit Marketing Reimagined,” Central Michigan University
Student Presenter: Donielle Hetrick

“Net Promoter System (NPS) in Nonprofits,” Brigham Young University
Student Presenters: Helena Tse, Kori Ball, Melannie Palomino, and Reina Trejo

“What’s the Problem?,” Western Michigan University
Student Presenters: Emily Fackler, Charles Poole, and Brenna Bowyer

Photos were taken by Erin Poppe of Poppe Photos.


Alliance Awards Applications Process

Information regarding the 2020 Alliance Awards cycle will be released in coming months. 

1. CNP of the Year Awards (Seasoned Professional and Emerging Leader)
2. Mutual of America Nonprofit Partner of the Year Award
3. Campus Program Excellence Award
4. “What’s the Big Idea?” Award

The Alliance awards are designed to recognize and showcase Alliance students, faculty, CNPs and nonprofit organizations who exemplify best practices in nonprofit management and professional development.

All award nominees will be reviewed by a national awards selection committee composed of Alliance partners, including campus faculty, CNPs, workforce partners, board members and AMI sponsors. The committee will evaluate award nominees based on specific criteria outlined for each award. All award winners will be selected and notified confidentially prior to AMI. Public announcement of award winners will take place at AMI 2020 in Kansas City.

Please note: The Campus Program Excellence Award application packet will be sent directly to all eligible campus partners, based on the Campus Star Program.

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CNP of the Year Awards

The CNP of the Year Awards (Seasoned Professional or Emerging Leader) are presented to a graduate of an Alliance program whose exceptional leadership has strengthened the nonprofit sector and his/her organization’s ability to fulfill its mission, as demonstrated by:
  • A nonprofit career with increasingly more responsibility;
  • Evidence of meaningful contributions to the nonprofit sector and significant achievements at his/her organization(s);
  • Ability to build and use organizational infrastructure to increase mission and community impact (usually seen at larger, more established nonprofits).
  • Emerging Leader: Under five years of work experience
  • Seasoned Professional: A minimum of 5 years of work experience
Award Process

All candidates for the CNP of the Year Awards must be nominated by an individual within the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance’s network (CNPs, nonprofit partners, campus partners and national board members). An individual may also nominate oneself.

Questions about the CNP of the Year Award? Contact Katie Rossman

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Mutual of America Nonprofit Partner of the Year Award

The Nonprofit Partner of the Year Award is presented to a nonprofit organization that demonstrates leadership and commitment to the preparation of the social sector workforce through its partnership and support of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. The award recognizes a nonprofit that has significantly utilized its partnership with one or more Alliance campus partner(s) to further the work of the organization. Criteria for the award include:

  • Evidence of significant, long-term collaboration with one or more of the Alliance campus partner(s);
  • Demonstrated history of providing experiential, hands-on learning opportunities for Alliance students. (For example: hosting Alliance students as interns, serving as a service project site, participating in service-learning courses);
  • History of engaging students through community council participation, guest lectures, adjunct professorships, workshops, mentorships and/or other engagement strategies;
  • History of hiring Alliance CNPs for full-time professional jobs;
  • Preference will be given to Alliance Nonprofit Partners and their local affiliates.

Award Process

All nominees for the Nonprofit Partner of the Year Award must be nominated by an individual within the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance’s network of CNPs, nonprofit partners, campus partners, and national board members.

Questions about the Nonprofit Partner of the Year Award? Contact Ginny Burke

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