The Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential is the only national nonprofit credential preparing students (undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate) for careers in nonprofit management. Students who complete a leadership development program at one of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance’s affiliated colleges or universities are awarded the credential and gain access to a network of nonprofit career resources, including the CNP network.
More than 10,000 students have completed the requirements of the CNP credential. This group is a powerful network of professionals who are leading some of the country’s most successful social-impact organizations. In addition, the national and local nonprofit organizations that are part of the Alliance network hire more than 50,000 people annually. These are organizations that value the training and preparation that is core to the CNP program.
Recent research completed by an independent organization shows that CNPs are seven times (7x!) more likely to rise to director+ level than their non-CNP peers. Due to the unique combination of classroom training, practical experience, and leadership activities, CNPs get hired and rise more quickly in their organizations.
1) Coursework through the Alliance’s network of colleges and universities
2) Internship or professional experience at a nonprofit organization
3) National conference
4) Leadership and service activities
Students who complete an Alliance program are awarded the CNP credential, which is placed after their name (Jane Doe, CNP). CNPs also receive a transcript and printed certificate of completion and a CNP digital badge, which can be shared on LinkedIn. Whether you are interested in volunteer coordination, fundraising or program management, the CNP program is a proven method to launch a successful social-impact career.
Find a program today through our online form.