Getting Certified

Who We Are

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 the nonprofit sector. Some of the national nonprofit partners include: American Red Cross, United Way of America, and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

What We Do

Each year we implement the UNI Volunteer Fair and the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon. Weekly activities include collaborating with nonprofit organizations, raising funds for student projects, taking field trips to area nonprofits, networking with professionals, and having fun!

Our Goal

The goal is to reduce the learning curve of nonprofit professionals, allowing them to immediately impact their organization and communities.


What Is The CNP?

The Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) Credential is the only national nonprofit credential preparing students for leadership in the nonprofit sector.


To earn the Certified  Nonprofit Professional (CNP) Credential, students must fulfill the following:

Complete the Required Course Work

  • LYHS 2335 – Principles of Nonprofit Organizations
  • LYHS 3050 – Management of Leisure, Youth, and Human Services (non-LYHS major,  prerequisites not required)
  • LYHS 3337 – Human Resource Development for Nonprofit and Youth Agencies
  • LYHS 4055 – Financial Resource Management
  • LYHS 4095 – Internship – 300 hour minimum
  • LYHS 3183 – Nonprofit Leadership Practicum Level I
  • LYHS 4339 – Nonprofit Leadership Practicum Level II

Common Substitutes:

  • MGMT 3153 – Organizational Management
  • MGMT 3155 – Human Resource Management
  • ENGLISH 4770 – Applied Writing – Proposals and Grants
  • Internships from any department

Other courses may be substituted upon approval.


The certified nonprofit professional credential gives students priority access to nonprofit job opportunities with competitive salaries!


CNP’s Are…

Experienced 

  • Research indicateds that CNP’s are seven times more likely to rise to director+ level than their non-CNP peers.

Successful

  • 90% of CNP’s from established alliance campuses find a nonprofit job in 6 months or less.

Versatile 

  • Top skills listed among CNPs include fundraising, public speaking, community outreach, and event planning.

Knowledgeable 

  • Hiring managers report that the learning curve for CNPs is reduced by as much as two years due to the practical experience that comes from intensive internships, service-learning activities, and research-based training.

Leaders

  • More than one in four CNPs have a position of director or above at their current employer. Top job titles among CNP’s include executive director, founder, CEO, and president.

(National Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, 2018)


The Alliance Benefits

  • YOU CAN earn a national credential
  • YOU CAN distinguish yourself in your major/minor
  • YOU CAN learn about important work of nonprofits in the Cedar Valley and                nationwide
  • YOU CAN gain field experience
  • YOU CAN build a GREAT network
  • YOU CAN build close relationships with highly motivated students
  • YOU CAN be part of the best alliance organizations in the nation

More Information

More about the Internship (LYHS 4095)

  • This required internship will provide first-hand experience for those hoping to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector.
  • Some of the national nonprofits UNI students have interned within the past include: Make-A-Wish, Boys and Girls Clubs, American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and more.

 

More about the Nonprofit Leadership Practicum (LYHS 3183/4339)

  • Students will participate in an Annual Fundraising Campaign; raising over $30,000.
  • Students will participate in service projects.
  • Students will partake in numerous professional development opportunities.
  • Students will gain experience in event planning and coordinating.

 

More about the Alliance Management Institute (AMI)

  • AMI is an annual national conference held by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, taking place in a different city each year.
  • Students listen to key note speakers, attend workshop sessions, present research, and work on case study projects with students from across the country.
  • Students are required to attend at least one conference to earn their certification.

 

Graduation Requirements

  • Students must obtain their Baccalaureate Degree before earning their certification.
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