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Nonprofit Leadership Certificate

The Nonprofit Leadership Certificate and Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential is designed to prepare you for a fulfilling and well-paying career in management in the nonprofit sector, an area of the economy that is experiencing significant growth. More than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations employ more than 10 million people, aided by over 100 million volunteers.

Why Choose North Park

North Park University offers the nationally recognized Nonprofit Leadership Certificate/CNP credential through an affiliation with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, a 60-year-old national alliance of colleges and universities, national nonprofit partners, and collaborating professional associations.

Our program offers coursework grounded in the best practices of nonprofit management, experiential learning opportunities, career development and mentoring support, networking opportunities, exposure to a national nonprofit network, and the ability to connect with and help your community. Designed to provide excellent preparation for careers in nonprofit organizations, this baccalaureate level certificate is intended to accompany any major offered at North Park. Students who receive North Park’s BS degree in nonprofit management will earn the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate/CNP as part of their degree.

Bolstered by our strong commitment to service combined with our location in Chicago, North Park will connect you with numerous nonprofit organizations that offer internship and volunteer opportunities.

Certificate Requirements

To obtain the certificate and CNP credential, students must meet five program requirements, including fulfillment of a 300-hour internship at a nonprofit organization.

  1. Meet with North Park’s campus director, Pam Schilling, to officially register in the program. Contact Pam by phone at (773) 244-5505 or by email at pschilling@northpark.edu.
  2. Successfully complete five core courses (18 semester hours)
    • Principles of Macroeconomics (BSE 2211)
    • Introduction to Nonprofit Management and Leadership (NONP 2710)
    • Foundations of Marketing (BSE 2610)
    • Nonprofit Governance and Volunteer Management (NONP 3710)
    • Advanced Nonprofit Marketing and Fundraising (NONP 3600)
    • Review the descriptions for these courses in the academic catalog.

  3. One nonprofit management internship – BSE 4970 (1-4 semester hours)
    A minimum of 300 hours: equivalent to two semesters of 10 hours per week, one semester of 20 hours per week, one summer of 25 to 30 hours per week or some combination of these options. Internships must be pre-approved by the campus director.
  4. Active membership in the Nonprofit Leadership Club (NLC) for at least two semesters
    Designed to operate like a nonprofit, this student-led organization meets weekly to plan and implement nonprofit awareness events and activities. The mission of NLC is to prepare and educate future professionals for lives of significance and service in the nonprofit sector through cultural, social, and educational co-curricular opportunities. NLC membership is open to all North Park students.
  5. Attendance at one national Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Management Institute
    Held in early January, the Institute brings together hundreds of college and university students from across the country to learn more about the field of nonprofit management and network with prospective employers and colleagues.
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