Connecticut State University’s Nonprofit Leadership & Philanthropy
initiative offers students coursework and co-curricular activities
designed to create leaders in the nonprofit sector. Our goal is education
through a combination of core academic competencies gained in the classroom
with practical experience via internships, field trips, mentoring programs,
service learning and volunteerism to apply that knowledge.
Our NL&P initiative offers a certificate from American
Humanics (AH), a national accreditation body supported by the major nonprofit
organizations in the United States. Our AH partners include the Red
Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs,
Easter Seals, Foodshare, Girl Scouts, Girls Inc. Junior Achievement,
March of Dimes, Urban League, United Way, Volunteers of America and
many others. Eastern also capitalizes on the unique value and opportunity
provided by partnerships with local Willimantic-based nonprofits.
The Nonprofit Leadership & Philanthropy initiative and the subsequent
AH certification insures that students gain core competencies required
for work within the nonprofit sector such as fundraising, human resource
development, management, accounting, marketing, planning, board and
committee development and risk management. To fulfill the certificate
requirements, AH students take courses, attend workshops and events,
complete a major internship, and attend the national conference sponsored
by AH. Our students are also active in a student association that volunteers
locally and raises funds to support their AH-related travel.
Eastern’s NL&P initiative also encourages executive learning
and invites practitioners to take advantage of our coursework and impressive
list of guest speakers on campus.