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ISU Named 2013 Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
– Sprint Campus Partner of the Year!

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Our Mission

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations dedicated to educating, preparing and certifying professionals to strengthen and lead nonprofit organizations.

Established in 1948, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is the only national organization devoted to preparing students for careers in the nonprofit sector. The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a national organization that collaborates with affiliated college/university programs and nonprofit agencies in recruiting, preparing, and placing students in meaningful careers across the nonprofit sector. Participation in the CNP program builds on and enhances your chosen major course of study and provides you with the tools to achieve success in the field of nonprofit leadership and management.

The Alliance has created partnerships with over 50 colleges and universities, like Indiana State University, and is strongly supported by the country's largest nonprofit organizations including:

American Red Cross
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Boy Scouts of America
Boys and Girls Club of America
Camp Fire USA
Feeding America
Girls Incorporated
Girl Scouts of the USA
Junior Achievement
National Urban League .
United Way of America
Volunteers of America
YMCA of the USA
among others!

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program opens a world of opportunity! Examples of potential entry-level positions for students include:
Case Manager
District Executive
Education Director
Program Director
Fund Development Specialist
Teen Coordinator
Membership Field Director
Marketing Manager
Education Manager
Finance/Database Clerk
Special Events Coordinator
Public Relations or Communications Director
Before/After School Coordinator
Volunteer Director
Development Coordinator
Youth Worker

To learn about employment opportunities in the nonprofit leadership field, please visit: Careers with our Nonprofit Partners (PDF document)
Careers for Good
Indianapolis Not-For-Profit News
For more information about the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, please visit the national Nonprofit Leadership Alliance web site and view our About Us brochure (PDF document)

Become A Certified nonprofit professional (CNP) at Indiana State University

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 ISU’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certification Program!

The award-winning certification program at Indiana State University is an 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.  The curriculum is based on a validated-competency set as determined by 1000’s of nonprofit executives across the United States. 

The 10 core nonprofit leadership competencies are:

listing (PDF document) of the current Nonprofit Leadership Alliance competencies

Students who enroll in the program work toward certification by completing four main requirements:

  1. Coursework (ranges from 4 to 21 credit hours based on major/minors/honors)
  2. Participate in the Nonprofit Leadership Student Association
  3. Attend National NLA Management/Leadership Institute (AMI)
  4. Complete 300-contact hour Nonprofit Sector internship

Upon completion of the certification program, students 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 the Association of Fundraising Professionals Collegiate Chapter Certificate in Fundraising, the E-Tapestry Donor Management System Master User Certification, and the Indiana YouthPRO Association's Indiana Youth Development Credential (IYD)!  Students may also make significant progress towards becoming a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA).

For more information, please review our CNP Credential brochure (PDF document) and/or our Student brochure (PDF document)

why choose the nonprofit leadership alliance PROGRAM?

To join the ISU Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, please visit


NLA Information Poster (PDF document)