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Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

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Email: Dr. Carolina Bown, NLA Campus Director:

On the Web: National Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Website

Scholarship Application: Salisbury’s Promise Scholarship Application



Interested in a career in the nonprofit sector?

Consider becoming a Certified Nonprofit Professional here at Salisbury University!

Salisbury University has partnered with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) to offer the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential to SU students. The program is open to students from any major, even graduate students, and pursuit of the certificate typically will not add to the time required to graduate.

As a student in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance certificate program, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Receive real-world nonprofit training
  • Complete an in-depth internship
  • Gain experience in program planning and fundraising
  • Take courses designed to prepare you for work in the nonprofit sector


  • IDIS 280: Topic: Nonprofit Leadership Alliance: Hybrid course meeting weekly (2 credits)
  • Elective Course: Check with Dr. Bown for an updated list of electives. Courses can be taken in CADR, CMAT, PSYC, and SOWK, among others (3-4 credits)
  • Evidence of leadership and of addressing Alliance competencies: Through participation in the SU student United Way organization and/ or other activities
  • NLA Enrollment: $25 and $35 registration fees apply
  • Internship
    • AmeriCorps Members: 300 hours of AmeriCorps service at a 501(c)(3) (nonprofit organization) (6 credits). $1,222 education award gifted for successful completion of hours. Additional training and performance evaluation required. 
    • Non-AmeriCorps Members:  300 hours at a 501(c)(3) (nonprofit organization) (6 credits). Requirements can be completed through one's major of through IDIS 490. 

Non-Profit Leadership Certification poster (text contain in poster can be found below image)
Non-Profit Leadership Certification
The nonprofit sector is the fastest growing area of the U.S. economy today. Research shows that professionals who receive their CNP credential are seven times more likely to raise to director or higher levels (compared with their non-CNP peers).

  • Receive real-world training
  • Complete an in-depth Internship
  • Gain experience in program planning and fundraising
  • Take courses designed to prepare you for work in the non-profit sector

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