Certified Nonprofit Professionals
In 2011, we launched a new credential – the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP). Awarded to all graduates of Alliance campus programs, the CNP is the first national professional designation of its kind.
The CNP demonstrates that a job candidate possesses critical competencies nonprofits look for when hiring.
These competencies – recently re-validated by our survey of 3,200 nonprofit leaders – include the following areas:
- Communication, Marketing and Public Relations
- Cultural Competency and Diversity
- Financial Resource Development and Management
- Foundations and Management of the Nonprofit Sector
- Governance, Leadership and Advocacy
- Legal and Ethical Decision Making
- Personal and Professional Development
- Program Development
- Volunteer and Human Resource Management
- Future of the Nonprofit Sector
In addition to mastering the academic learning outcomes associated with each of the competencies, the Alliance’s CNPs have conducted nonprofit internships, applying skills learned in the classroom to the real world.
On average, CNPs have completed 500 internship hours with a nonprofit organization prior to graduation.
Professionals who carry the CNP credential have also conducted leadership and service activities in diverse community settings, and attended our annual Alliance Management/Leadership Institute, the nation’s premier leadership development and networking symposium for students, faculty and nonprofit professionals.