Membership Information


The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance ensures that
the nonprofit sector will have the talent 
needed to meet the challenges our world faces.


The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) is a national organization that collaborates with affiliate college/university programs and nonprofit agencies to recruit, prepare, and place students in meaningful nonprofit careers. Participation in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Program builds on, and enhances a student's chosen major course of study and provides the tools required to achieve success in the field of nonprofit management. Once an NLA member has graduates from the program, they  earn certification in the form of a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential. 

If you are interested in joining or would like to know more about the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential, please select the corresponding link below:

Undergraduate Students 


Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Undergraduate Program

Eligibility

This certificate is available to any student pursuing an undergraduate degree in any area. To be accepted into the program, a student must:

  • have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average
  • formally apply to the Certificate program (if applicable)
  • and successfully complete an interview with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Program Director.

The application and interview are designed to identify students likely to succeed in the program.

Requirements

Undergraduate students seeking the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance certificate complete 18 credit hours and participate in required co-curricular activities, which include:

  • participation in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association
  • attendance in one NLA Workshop annually
  • and one NLA Alliance Management Institute

Courses are required for certification (CNP), but if you cannot fulfill the course requirements, you are still welcome join the organization.

Core Courses: 15 Semester Hours

All undergraduate students seeking the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certificate must take the following courses:

  • URS 4300 Nonprofit Administration
  • URS 4340 Fundraising/Grant Writing
  • URS 4970 NLA Internship or approved supervised service
  • 9 credit hours of approved nonprofit management or related electives‚ÄčMust complete courses from the following concentration areas - with approval:
    • Resource Management
    • Operations Management
    • Marketing and Public Relations
    • Ethics
    • Program Evaluation & Strategic Planning
    • Nonprofit & Social Service Values
    • Leadership and Innovation
    • Community Development

Each of these core courses directly links nonprofit administration to the skills and knowledge acquired in each student's area of graduate study. Only those looking to earn the CNP certification are required to take these courses.

Co-Curricular Requirements

  • NLA Alliance Management Institute Conference attendance (1)
  • NLA Student Association active membership (ongoing)
  • NLA Workshop attendance (bi annually)
  • NLA Community Service (bi annually)
  • NLA Fundraising (ongoing)

NLA Certification

After completing all curricular and co-curricular program requirements, the certificate candidate must submit a portfolio that demonstrates competency in each of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance competency areas. The NLA program director reviews the portfolio and makes a recommendation regarding the student’s nomination for certification.

Students must achieve a 3.0 average in required courses and demonstrate competency in each of the NLA competency areas before they are recommended for national certification by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Inc.

You do not need to work towards the certification to be an NLA member.

 

Graduate Students

 

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Graduate Certificate Program

Eligibility

This certificate is available to any student pursuing a Master's degree in any area. To be accepted into the program, a student must:

  • have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average
  • formally apply to the Certificate program (if applicable)
  • and successfully complete an interview with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Program Director. 

The application and interview are designed to identify students likely to succeed in the program.

Requirements

Graduate students seeking the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certificate complete 20 credit hours and participate in required co-curricular activities, which include:

  • participation in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association
  • attendance in one NLA Workshop annually
  • and one NLA Alliance Management Institute

 

Core Courses: 15 Semester Hours

All graduate students seeking the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certificate must take the following courses:

  • URS 6300 Nonprofit Administration
  • URS 6340 Fundraising/Grant Writing
  • URS 7010 Budgeting & Fiscal Management
  • URS 6970 NLA 300 hour internship or approved supervised service
  • and an approved nonprofit management or related elective

Each of these core courses directly links nonprofit administration to the skills and knowledge acquired in each student's area of graduate study.

Courses are required for certification (CNP), but if you cannot fulfill the course requirements, you are still welcome join the organization.

Co-Curricular Requirements

  • NLA Alliance Management Institute Conference attendance (1)
  • NLA Student Association active membership (ongoing)
  • NLA Workshop attendance (bi annually)
  • NLA Community Service (bi annually)
  • NLA Fundraising (ongoing)

NLA Certification

After completing all curricular and co-curricular program requirements, the certificate candidate must submit a portfolio that demonstrates competency in each of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance competency areas. The NLA program director reviews the portfolio and makes a recommendation regarding the student’s nomination for certification.

Students must achieve a 3.0 average in required courses and demonstrate competency in each of the NLA competency areas before they are recommended for national certification by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Inc.

You do not need to work towards the certification to be an NLA member.

 

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