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
  • 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:
  • 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)

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