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UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association hosts luncheon

April 4, 2012

Julianne Gassman, assistant professor and director, UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, 319-273-2264,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association will be hosting the 8th Annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., on Friday, April 13, in the Commons Ballroom on the UNI campus.

The luncheon will recognize the outstanding contributions of local nonprofits and nonprofit leaders. Awards are available for individuals and for organizations. Award categories include Business Partner of the Year, Nonprofit Staff Leader of the Year, Nonprofit Board Member of the Year, Koob Award for Collaboration, Gordon Mack Award for Student Leadership, Legacy Award, New Nonprofit Employee of the Year, and Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year. The Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year award includes a $1,000 award sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.

"Honoring those who have made a difference in the Cedar Valley allows us to shine a spotlight on just some of the many incredible things that are going on in our community," said Beth Messerli, a UNI senior majoring in leisure, youth and human services. "Highlighting these remarkable acts of service is often an inspiration to others. This year's award nominations were fantastic, the award selection committee found it incredibly difficult to chose just one winner per category!"

The organization recognized as the Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year will receive a cash gift of $1000, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, in recognition for their outstanding efforts. Veridian Credit Union will also be honoring five faculty members for their contributions in creating meaningful partnerships among faculty, students and community organizations in the Cedar Valley.

All members of the Cedar Valley community are invited to attend. The cost is $25 per person and all proceeds will benefit the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association. Please RSVP by April 6 to Contact Julianne Gassman, director of UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association, at or 319-273-2264.