One of my favorite things about CMU is the plethora of opportunities that have been available to me because of attending school here. One of those opportunities has been to sign a second major at CMU during my third year here. In addition to my original degree in Recreation and Event Management, I am also pursuing a degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration. My specific passion within this degree is the nonprofit aspect, as I wish to work for a nonprofit someday. Along with that major, there is also the opportunity to be involved with the Nonprofit Leadership Student Alliance, or NLSA. NLSA is an RSO on campus affiliated with the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.
The perk of being involved with this academic organization is receiving the certified Nonprofit Professional credential, or CNP. For one to receive their CNP, there is a list of criteria that must be competed. Criteria involve items that are pertinent to working in the nonprofit sector, like fundraising experience, leadership experience, and service experience. The CNP also required that individuals attend the Alliance Management Institute, or AMI, each January.
Another perk of being involved in the organization is that we get to learn from actual nonprofit professionals that come to present on subjects such as board governance, grant writing, and fundraising. We have had presentations from local nonprofits such as WCMU, Girls on the Run, Art Reach of Mid Michigan, and United Way of Gratiot and Isabella counties. The amount of lessons and information I have learned form these speakers has been very helpful in my decision for eating to be involved in the nonprofit sector. Once I graduate in December of 2018, I will have eared my CNP, and officially will be, “Allison Kistler, CNP.” This is all thanks to NLSA and the faculty Advisor, Emma Powell.