Department of Family Studies and Community Development

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

Why a nonprofit career?

Careers in the nonprofit sector are rewarding. They are mission-driven and uniquely designed to serve the public and influence programs, policies, practices and people. This sector is the fastest growing segment of the U.S. economy.

  • In 2011, there were more than 1.6 million nonprofit organizations registered with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
  • About 100 new nonprofit organizations register with the Internal Revenue Service every day.
  • Increased growth in the nonprofit sector has encouraged competitive salaries and benefits.

Why study nonprofit leadership at Towson University?

Towson University has partnered with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA), through the Department of Family Studies and Community Development, to provide an innovative course of study in nonprofit management skills. The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a national nonprofit organization that partners with colleges, universities, and nonprofit entities in a collaborative effort to educate, prepare, and certify students to lead nonprofit organizations. Students who complete Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certification go into the workforce already having the knowledge, skills and experience they need to be successful.

What Nonprofit Leadership Alliance certification provides

  • An effective experiential learning opportunity for students by combining classroom study in nonprofit management/leadership with co-curricular skill training, internship experience and community service activities
  • Opportunities for job placement in the nonprofit sector through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance's National Nonprofit Partners
  • Opportunities to interact and network with students, faculty, and nonprofit executives from across the country at the Alliance Management/Leadership Institute (AMI), an annual educational symposium that provides the capstone experience in nonprofit management and leadership education
  • Lifelong access to the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance National Internship and Placement Service
  • The Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders Program, a competitive internship scholarship/stipend program that provides $4,500 to selected Nonprofit Leadership Alliance students

Department of Family Studies and Community Development
College of Liberal Arts Building, Suite 2210
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-5851
Fax: 410-704-3612


• The Towson University Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Advisory Board has recently expanded. Thank you to all of the Board members for their support.





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