1948-1973-Founded by H. Roe Bartle
- First academic partnership with Missouri Valley College
- Expands network to four academic partners
The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance pursues our mission with a commitment to ethical and transparent operations. As an organization preparing the next generation of nonprofit leaders, we strive to demonstrate the best practices of the sector.
We use an equity lens in all of our operations. We value the positive outcomes that come from diversity and inclusion. We stand with others in seeking a just society. We commit to embracing these values as we advance our mission.
In our effort to demonstrate accountability for our ethical business practices, we maintain membership in the following organizations:
Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
National Human Services Assembly
Association of Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action
National Center for Nonprofit Enterprise
Our Certified Nonprofit Professionals (CNPs) adhere to the highest standards of ethics, conduct and service to inspire public confidence and trust in the nonprofit sector. The CNP Code of Ethics sets forth principles that underlie the professional responsibilities and conduct of our network.
Making a diference
The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance was founded in 1948 as American Humanics by H. Roe Bartle – a visionary and social entrepreneur who believed that the most important determinant of nonprofit success is the quality of its workforce.
H. Roe Bartle was a national figure with a reputation as a businessman, philanthropist, politician and nonprofit executive. Bartle became the Scout Executive for the Kansas City Area Council and served in that role for 27 years until his retirement in 1955. For nearly 30 years, the Chief, as he was often called, led the Kansas City Area Council, now the Heart of America Council of the Boy Scouts of America. From 1948-1950, Bartle also served as interim president for Missouri Valley College. During this period he realized his vision for preparing talent for the nonprofit workforce. The first American Humanics students graduated from Missouri Valley College in 1952. Also having served two terms as Mayor of Kansas City (1955-1963), it is no coincidence that the Kansas City Chiefs have their name.