Skip to Content | Skip to Search | Skip to Navigation

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics) program prepares and certifies future nonprofit professionals according to nationally validated standards.  The NPLA certificate is recognized by the nonprofit sector, and is intended to provide participants with the knowledge and expertise essential to emerging leaders in the field of nonprofit management.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance certificate is offered through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs to attract, prepare and place students for entry-level positions in the nonprofit sector.

Benefits of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program:

  • Certification in entry-level nonprofit employer competencies
  • Course-work in the foundations and practices of nonprofit management
  • Experiential learning to test practices and principles
  • One-on-one support, career development and mentoring
  • Networking with prospective employers
  • Opportunity to test skills and various nonprofit roles through internships, and through 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
  • Inclusion in resume book sent to all partnering nonprofit agencies
  • Increased sense of connection to the community
  • Opportunity to meet other American Humanics students throughout the country
  • Scholarships


If you are ready to make a difference in your community, contact the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Campus Executive Director for IUB, Professor Al Lyons.

NPLA Requirements


NPLA National Homepage

In partnership with:

  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Camp Adventure
  • Camp Fire Boys and Girls
  • Feeding America
  • Girls Incorporated
  • Girl Scouts of USA
  • March of Dimes
  • National 4H Council
  • National Human Services Assembly
  • National Urban League
  • Volunteers of America
  • Voices for America's Children
  • YMCA
Collaborating Professional Organizations:
  • Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Associations (ARNOVA)
  • Hispanic Association of College and Universities (HACU)
  • National Center for Nonprofit Boards (NCNB)
  • National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE)
  • Nonprofit Risk Management Center (NRMC)
  • The Peter F. Drucker Foundation
  • The Society for Nonprofit Organizations (and the Learning Institute)
  • The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC)