Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance at ASUAre you ready to change the world?

In preparation for a dynamic career in the nonprofit sector, there is no better undergraduate education and experience than the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and earning its Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential. Arizona State University is one of the leading programs in the nation that offers this preferred national certification.

What is NLA?

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

Here at ASU...

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association (NLASA) engages with local, national and global nonprofit organizations and, through activities inside and outside the classroom, helps students build competencies leading to their earning the CNP credential. The CNP is the only nationally recognized credential that prepares students for leadership in the nonprofit sector. It can be earned with any undergraduate degree.

The program is ideal for students wishing to complement their majors with a strong core of nonprofit management knowledge and skills. National and local nonprofit organizations actively seek our members as program interns and job candidates.

2021 NLA Annual Campaign

The world has undeniably changed, but we are meeting these changes with zeal to better address the concerns of our communities and to grow, learn, and develop into more well-rounded professionals. Join us as we LEAD our future by contributing to our campaign to invest in the future of the nonprofit sector and its emerging leaders.

  • How will you change the world? "Help people find their passion and purpose. See them reach their fullest potential."

  • How will you change the world? "One student at a time."

  • How will you change the world? "By inspiring people to have BIG dreams."

  • How will you change the world? "Providing quality patient care through leadership and observation."

  • How will you change the world? "One child at a time."

  • How will you change the world? "By multiplying my impact. One person changes multiple lives. I can change one life!"

  • How will you change the world? "By ensuring that EVERY child has the opportunity for an EXCELLENT education!"

  • How will you change the world? "Be a role model for underprivileged youth!"

  • How will you change the world? "Building a community from grassroot, educating children."

  • How will you change the world? "Start my own nonprofit orthodontic practice."

  • How will you change the world? "By being a voice for the people."

How will you change the world?

Members of ASU's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association shared how they plan to make an impact.

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association

The NLASA focuses on the development of nonprofit management and leadership skills through the practical application of the CNP Competencies. It is designed to help students gain leadership experience outside of the classroom and build a network of professional contacts. The association is driven by student leaders under the guidance of the Program Coordinator. Activities include:

  • fall and spring retreats
  • community service events
  • NLASA and community fundraisers
  • dinners and alumni mixers
  • and more!

Active participation in the NLASA is required for the CNP Credential.

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Earning the CNP

Get certified to change the world. The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance's CNP program has four core components:

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:

  • American Red Cross
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Camp Fire USA
  • Corporation for National & Community Service
  • Feeding America
  • Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Junior Achievement, Inc.
  • March of Dimes
  • National 4-H Council
  • National Urban League
  • United Way
  • The Y (YMCA)
  • and more!

Nonprofit organizations interested in local partnership or becoming a host site for a Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Intern should first read the internship requirements. 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 20-40 hours per week for no less than 12 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.

High-performing interns are competitive, so paid internships are often a priority.

Internships may not take the place of an existing position.

Internships follow the semester time frame: Fall (Aug.-Dec.), Spring (Jan.-May), Summer (May-Aug.).

Interested in hosting an intern? Post on our Nonprofit Job Board.

Program history

Arizona State University's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program was founded in 1980 as a chapter of the national American Humanics program, with the support of the Phoenix Rotary Club 100 and local nonprofit organizations that 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.

(Photo: American Humanics students in 1984.)

Contact NLA

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question, or need to get in touch? Email or call NLA Program Coordinator Anne Kotleba at 602.496.0188.


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