The Department of Public Management and Policy in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies is affiliated with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations dedicated to preparing undergraduates and graduates for careers in nonprofit leadership. To read more about the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) program visit their website at:http://www.nonprofitleadershipalliance.org/. Benefits for obtaining the NLA certification include:
- Certification in entry-level nonprofit employment competencies
- Coursework grounded in the foundations and practices of nonprofit management
- Tested practices and principles through experiential learning
- One-to-one support, career development and mentoring
- Networking with prospective employers at local, regional, and national levels
- Opportunity to test skills and various roles through internships, co-curricular and community service activities
- Potential for references and referrals from agency executive directors, advisory board members and community leaders
- Exposure to national nonprofit network of partners and career options
- Increased sense of connection an belonging to the community
- Opportunity for lasting friendships
- Preparation for Graduate School or the Peace Corps
Students can earn the certificate by one of the following ways:
- By completing the Bachelor of Science in Public Policy with a concentration in Nonprofit Leadership (see Undergraduate Program Requirements)
- By completing the MPA with a concentration in Nonprofit Management (see Graduate Program Requirements)
- By completing the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management (see Graduate Program Requirements)
- By completing a minor in Nonprofit Leadership (see Undergraduate Program Requirements)
- In conjunction with any undergraduate major by completing four (4) nonprofit leadership/management courses in the Department of Public Management and Policy (see Undergraduate Program Requirements)
In addition to completing the course/degree requirements, students must also demonstrate competency in the NLA "Core Competencies", which are not only achieved through completion of coursework and your internship, but also through meaningful engagement in leadership and community service activities.
This certificate is conferred by the national Nonprofit Leadership Alliance organization and the Department of Public Management and Policy and it will not appear on official transcripts or diplomas from the university.
- Click on the link below to schedule a meeting with Kristyn Back, NLA Coordinator
- Select service option "NLA Student Organization - New Member" and provider name "Kristyn Back"
- Choose a date and time that is available and fits within your schedule
During your meeting with Kristyn, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions regarding NLA.
Students pursuing the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certificate are also strongly encouraged to join the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance student organization sponsored by the Andrew Young School. The Student Association activities help students develop and strengthen their knowledge, skills, leadership abilities, and understanding of the nonprofit sector. This organization will also undertake fundraising campaigns to sponsor student attendance at the annual NLA Management/Leadership Institute.
For more information about the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance certificate, please contact Kristyn Back, NLA Coordinator, or call (404) 413-0073.