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Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

332-332A King Hall

Ypsilanti, MI 48197





Winter 2017 Office Hours:


Tues-Thurs, 9:30am-4pm

or by appointment.




Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

Are you passionate about a cause? Do you dream of NLA logoworking for a nonprofit organization someday? Are you interested in learning how nonprofits work? If you answered yes to one of those questions, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) can help you!

The NLA prepares EMU students to be leaders in the nonprofit sector through completion of the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential. The credential is a non-credit bearing opportunity that students from any major can participate in. It is a great way to learn about the nonprofit sector, meet other students at Eastern who are interested in nonprofits, and be ready for a nonprofit career after graduation. Certification is earned in slightly different ways by undergraduate students, graduate students, and nonprofit professionals

The requirements for the CNP are:

  1. Completing the Ten Core Competencies. These competencies can be achieved through classes, workshops, trainings, conferences, experiences at an internship or volunteer opportunity, or leadership and service activities.
  2. Join the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association. Meetings are held every other week in the King Hall Lounge.
  3. Complete a 300 hour internship with a nonprofit organization. Your internship can count for credit if you choose, but it is not a requirement.
  4. Attend the Alliance Management Institute (AMI) conference. This is considered a capstone experience for achieving your credential.
  5. Receive a Bachelor’s degree.
Who We Are

The NLA is a national alliance of colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations dedicated to educating, preparing, and certifying students to strengthen and lead nonprofit organizations. More information can be found at the national NLA website.

Benefits of the CNP Credential

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) national credential and are ready for the competitive job market.

  • CNPs are 7x more likely to reach a director level or higher position at a nonprofit organization than non-CNPs.
  • CNPs remain in the nonprofit sector 50% longer than non-CNPs.
  • More than one in four CNPs have a position of director or above at their current employer.


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