Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

  • 2017 NLASA Fall Retreat

    Our World. Only Better.

  • 2018 NLASA Seniors

    Our World. Only Better.

Program History

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance at ASUThe Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program was originally founded as the American Humanics program at Arizona State University in 1980 with the support of the Phoenix Rotary Club 100 and local nonprofit organizations. They recognized the need for highly skilled leaders in the nonprofit sector. American Humanics officially changed its name to the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance in 2011. Through the dedication of students and the support of the community, ASU has evolved into the nation's leader among the more than 50 universities affiliated with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

At the 2018 Alliance Management Institute, ASU's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance won the prestigious Campus Program Excellence Award, and alumna Nora B. Slawik received the Certified Nonprofit Professional of the Year Award.

Career Opportunities

Nonprofit organizations are in the business of making the world a better place. They change lives and solve our communities' toughest problems - but are only as effective as their leadership. Dedicated and skilled professional staff members are needed to create and orchestrate programs, raise funds, promote the cause, work with youth, and carry out many other essential functions.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance's national certificate and CNP credential opens up a world of opportunity for graduates and greatly increases employability.  Students can look forward to beginning careers in the following areas, among many others:

  • Advocacy
  • Animal Rights
  • Community Development
  • Corporate Philanthropy
  • Environmental Sciences and Education
  • Faith Based Organizations
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Foundations
  • Fundraising, Resource Development and Donor Relations
  • Global Issues
  • Grants Management
  • Health Care and Education
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing, Communication and Social Media
  • Program Design and Evaluation
  • Recreation Programs
  • Research Design and Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Justice
  • Special Events Management
  • The Arts
  • Volunteer Management
  • Youth and Family Services

Local and National Nonprofit Partnerships

Vibrant partnerships with both local and national nonprofit organizations provide students with opportunities for leadership, interaction with professionals, internships, and job placements. National and local nonprofit partners of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance include, but are not limited to:

Nonprofit organizations interested in local partnership or becoming a host site for a Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Intern, please read the internship requirements below. Internships are restricted to graduating seniors, and placements are limited. The interests of the students take priority, and placement is not guaranteed.

Internship Requirements

  • Internships must be full-time (40 hours per week) for 15 weeks.
  • Host organizations must hold 501(c)3 status.
  • Host organizations must provide an on-site, full time, paid staff member as mentor and supervisor.
  • Internships may not take the place of an existing position.
  • Interns are unable to have outside employment during this time, so paid internships are often a priority.
  • Internships follow the semester time frame, Fall (Aug.-Dec.) Spring (Jan.-May) Summer (May-Aug.)

NLA Student Links

Contact us today

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance | nonprofitleadershipalliance@asu.edu | 602.496.0188

Meet the NLA

Get a look inside the undergraduate Nonprofit Leadership Alliance in the students' 2017 video, filmed at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus and at NLA events and activities.


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