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Why Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and CNP?
Certified Nonprofit Professional certification can help you find a meaningful career
- More than 11,000 new professionals are needed annually by the Alliance's nonprofit partners to fill entry-level vacancies
- For more information, review the Our Alumni brochure
The Alliance's nonprofit partners are critical components of the human services sector in the United States.
- Over 25 million people of all ages are served by the Alliance's nonprofit partners every year.
- The Alliance's certification is widely recognized by nonprofit organizations.
- Hundreds of nonprofit organizations across the country employ CNP certified graduates.
- Some scholarships are available to some exceptional Alliance students through the national organization.
- In addition to coursework, the program also emphasizes hands-on experience through community engagement, service-learning, internships, volunteer opportunities, Nonprofit Leadership Student Association activities, and professional development workshops.
- Students may combine their work towards becoming a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) with a minor in recreation management and youth leadership!
- Indiana State University Honors students may complete the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program for the Leadership and Civic Engagement Track!
- Upon graduation and completion of the CNP, all CNP Alumni become members of the National Alumni Association of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance , which provides professional development opportunities and some job placement opportunities.
Why Become a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP)?
- Nonprofit organizations play a vital role in the development of our society. To fulfill their missions, these organizations need dedicated, trained professionals with the desire and ability to make a difference in their community and in the lives of others.
- A career in the nonprofit sector rewards not only you, but also your community. As a nonprofit professional, you will reap emotional and financial rewards while making a difference in society.
- Each year our nation's nonprofits need 50,000 entry-level professionals to fill staff vacancies. Unfortunately, an adequate pool of diverse, competent candidates does not yet exist.
- How would you like to have an edge on the job market? A little something extra to put you over the top?
- The answer is quite simple...become a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) through Indiana State University’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certification Program!
Become a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) at Indiana State University
- Award-winning certification program
- Interdisciplinary program designed to provide students from a variety of disciplines for meaningful careers in the management of nonprofit agencies.
- Students who enroll in the program work toward CNP certification from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance by meeting a variety of curricular and co-curricular requirements.
- Curriculum is based on a validated-competency set as determined by 1000’s of nonprofit executives across the United States.
- Students who enroll in the program work toward certification by completing four main requirements:
- Coursework (ranges from 4 to 21 credit hours based on major/minors/honors)
- Participate in the Nonprofit Leadership Student Association
- Attend National NLA Management/Leadership Institute (AMI)
- Complete 300-contact hour Nonprofit Sector internship
- Upon completion of the certification program,
- Receive the national Certified Nonprofit Professional certification from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
- At Indiana State University, on the way to CNP certification, students may also earn
- Association of Fundraising Professionals Collegiate Chapter Certificate in Fundraising
- E-Tapestry Donor Management System Master User Certification
- Indiana YouthPRO Association's Indiana Youth Development Credential (IYD)
- May also make significant progress towards becoming a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA)