H. Roe Bartle
On November 19, 1948, H. Roe Bartle convened a group of seasoned Scouting professionals to launch the American Humanics Foundation with the mission of recruiting and training college students to serve the nonprofit sector.
Although the true origin of the word remains uncertain, the term “Humanics” has come to describe the education of the whole person – mind, body and spirit.
Missouri Valley College
American Humanics celebrated its first college partnership program, graduating 41 future nonprofit leaders in 1952.
As the number of campus partners grew, so did opportunities for student networking and co-curricular learning. In January 1973, the inaugural American Humanics Management Institute (AHMI) was held at the Schiff Boy Scout Reservation in Mendham, New Jersey.
In March 2012, the American Humanics Board of Directors moved to change the name of the organization to Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, making the relationship between the name and mission unmistakable.
In the same year, the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential was introduced. The CNP designation is the only national nonprofit management credential in the country today.
A New Era
To reach the needs of a growing nonprofit sector workforce, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance acquired Leaderosity, a digital platform, and implemented an online program to prepare in-career professionals to earn their CNP credential.
A Commitment to D.E.I.J.
Cultural competence has long been an important CNP competency. Today the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice are integrated in all of our work including CNP courses, Leaderosity courses and certificates, webinars, and ELEVATE.
Passionate, Prepared, and Professional
The Alliance remains the only national organization dedicated to this cause, consistently on the leading edge of the nonprofit management and education movement. For 75 years the torch of passion and leadership has been successfully passed from generation to generation.
CNPs are leading nonprofit programs, agencies, and governing boards throughout the world. The future, we believe, is in very capable hands.
National CNP Day: March 1st
To celebrate their outstanding achievements in society, March 1st 2023, marks National Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the hardworking and dedicated professionals who make a difference in our communities through their work in the nonprofit sector!