Department of Family Studies and Community Development

Certification Requirements

To achieve certified nonprofit professional (CNP) status from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, a student must

  • earn a baccalaureate degree;
  • complete coursework covering seventeen nonprofit competencies;
  • complete at least 300 internship hours in nonprofit institutions;
  • engage in leadership and community service activities, including participation in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance student group;
  • attend at least one Alliance Management/Leadership Institute.

Academic Requirements

Currently, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program is open to family and human services majors who are in the Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector Track, Services to Children and Youth Track, and Human Services Track. It is also open to students who are minoring in family studies

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Competencies
The student must demonstrate proficiency in the following competence areas:

  1. Communication, Marketing and Public Relations
  2. Cultural Competency and Diversity
  3. Financial Resource Development and Management
  4. Foundations and Management of the Nonprofit Sector
  5. Governance, Leadership and Advocacy
  6. Legal and Ethical Decision Making
  7. Personal and Professional Development
  8. Program Development
  9. Volunteer and Human Resource Management
  10. Future of the Nonprofit Sector

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Internships

All family and human services majors are required to complete an internship as part of their academic preparation. Students interested in Nonprofit Leadership Alliance certification will choose their internship sites from a specific list.

Participation in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance student group and attendance at an Alliance Management/Leadership Institute are also required for certification.

For more information or to become part of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program at Towson University, please contact the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Campus Executive Director:

Sharon D. Jones-Eversley, DrPH
Phone Number: 410-704-2470

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




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