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Nonprofit Externship Program Selects 5 Promising CNP Students


Written by: Miles Bilka, CNP
December 5, 2023 | 3 min. read

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is proud to introduce the five students taking part in its inaugural Externship Program, a program designed to nurture and empower the next generation of nonprofit leaders. This program stands as a testament to NLA’s commitment to fostering excellence in the nonprofit sector by providing opportunities for its Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) students on their partnered campuses.

These five outstanding college students have been chosen due to their dedication, academic prowess, and passion for creating positive change. While often hailed as the future, these college students are not waiting for tomorrow to make a difference – they are changing the nonprofit sector today. 

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What Bagels Taught Me About Leadership


Written by: Christy S. Renjilian
November 28, 2023 | 5 min. read

In 2011, I started a job as an Executive Director . No one thinks of their life as extraordinary — a tool for teaching and leading others. I have learned all of us are mistaken. For good or bad, our lives have an impact on others. We carry our experiences with us. Often, we don’t even know we are carrying them. We lug them into places they don’t belong and realities that don’t align, even if our minds and hearts think they do. When years or decades have convinced us that one thing is to be expected, or ‘normal,’ even if it’s wrong and toxic, it’s hard to let that go.

The building was designed, I quickly learned, by architects with a sense of humor (or too much time on their hands). By elevator stops, there were three floors. By changes in elevation, there were seven floors.

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Prioritizing Self-Care at Your Nonprofit: 3 Best Strategies


Written by: Miles Bilka
November 20, 2023 | 4 min. read

As a nonprofit leader, you know first-hand the value of your work and how necessary it is to help your beneficiaries. You work hard to fulfill your organization’s mission. However, the harder you work, the more likely you are to burn out. This principle applies to your nonprofit’s team members. To reduce burnout and boost employee performance, you need to prioritize self-care at your organization.

That way, staff members will remain motivated to pursue your mission. Plus, creating a positive work environment that values your employees’ well-being will help you recruit new talent for your team.

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