Association of Certified Nonprofit Professionals

Dear CNPs,

Welcome to the network of the Association of CNPs! I am confident that you will find the training and resources available through the Association an invaluable asset to guide you along your career path. The Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential is the only national credential that combines critical skills and knowledge, practical experience and a national perspective; this is what makes you unique: you are now part of a national network and are highly qualified to lead in the social sector.

The Association of CNPs is a powerful, well-connected network of individuals who are passionate about making an impact on the world. As part of the Association you have access to fellow CNPs, whom you can connect with at any time. Often times, when CNPs are moving to a different part of the country or around the world, the Association can help connect them to fellow CNPs that live in the area. This means you will have a network available to you no matter where you are in the world.

Regardless of whether you earned your CNP because of career aspirations or simply because you are a community-minded human being, you are poised to make the greatest impact possible with the CNP credential.

The Association of CNPs offers many opportunities for networking and learning. I hope you will continue to invest in yourself and your community so that together we can achieve the Alliance’s vision of our world, only better.

Sincere thanks,





Danielle Conlon Contreras, CNP
President, Association of CNPs
Senior Philanthropic Advisor,
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital/ALSAC






About the Association

The Association of Certified Nonprofit Professionals is a group for all graduates of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly the American Humanics) program. The purpose of the Association of CNPs is to support the programs, operations, and future development of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and Certified Nonprofit Professionals. The Association of CNPs strengthens relationships among CNPs, current Alliance students and private and nonprofit sector leaders. The Association of CNPs is the portal for all Certified Nonprofit Professionals to continue their Nonprofit Leadership Alliance experience through a variety of different programs developed to specifically enhance the career development, networking and community engagement of CNPs around the country.

Anyone who graduated with the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential (or successfully completed the American Humanics program) is a member of the Association of CNPs. Association benefits include:

  • The CNP Insider (A blog just for CNPs). Subscribe today;
  • The CNP digital credential;
  • Discounted registration to the Alliance Management Institute (AMI);
  • Free attendance at our networking events around the country;
  • Free ongoing professional development webinars in areas like fundraising, program design, and nonprofit marketing. See the events page for upcoming webinars;
  • An Association of CNPs resource page on the Alliance website that includes archived professional development webinars and other resources (contact us for access to this exclusive page if you do not have the password);
  • Inclusion in the CNP LinkedIn group; and
  • Association committee involvement, such as fund development, education, membership, and publicity and outreach. Contact us to serve on a committee.

In order to stay connected, be sure to update your contact information with us. Click the link below to update your contact information, express your interest in serving on an Association of CNPs committee, or donate to the Association today. 

*Please note that membership in the Association of Certified Nonprofit Professionals is granted to CNPs starting on the credential date. If you have received your CNP in the past year, or through the American Humanics program, you are currently a member of the Association of CNPs!

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Meet the Association of CNPs Executive Committee

Danielle Conlon Contreras, CNP
Senior Philanthropic Advisor
St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital – ALSAC
Indiana University at Bloomington, c. 2012
Indianapolis, Indiana

Vice President for Committees
Warren Wenner, CNP
Former Vice President of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
Missouri Valley College, c. 1979
Houston, Texas

Vice President of Fund Development
Allison Plattsmier, CNP
Madison College, c. 2017

Publicity & Outreach
Santee Johnson, CNP
Health and Wellness Educator 
MS State University
University of Southern Mississippi, c. 2011
Starkville, Mississippi

Immediate Past Chair
Debbie Espinosa, CNP
President & CEO 
FIND Food Bank
Rockhurst University, c. 1998
Palm Springs, Cali.

Education Committee 
David A. Thomason, CNP
Director, Nutrition and WIC Services
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Missouri Valley College, c. 1982
Topeka, Kansas

AMI Liaison for the Association of CNPs
Jason Triplett, CNP
District Director
Hoosier Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America
Indiana University at Bloomington, c. 2013
Bloomington, Indiana

Membership Committee
Tom Southard, CNP
Chief Operating Officer
Conference of Major Superiors of Men
University of Baltimore, c. 2004
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania