• Phil Broyles

    Sounds like another marketing scheme to create an artificial market for an unecessary credential so people that put it on their resume so the person running it will get rich. No wonder everything goes to spam.

  • Industry Watchdog

    Out of a commitment to full disclosure the author of this article (Jon Pratt) nor NPQ contacted or interviewed any member(s) of the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives. It should also be noted that Jon Pratt oversees a competing membership association that does not offer credentialing.

    • Christina

      Correction: The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is not a competing association – they aren’t national, they don’t offer a credentialing program (as you noted), and they serve organizations and nonprofit staff in Minnesota with advocacy and infrastructure support. Also: who are you? Do you represent an “industry watchdog” group, or do you consider yourself an industry watchdog on your own? Finally: I agree that NANOE’s perspective should be included; perhaps if you know someone there you could encourage them to post a response?

  • NANOE appears to be Dan Pallotta’s latest effort. http://nanoe.org/

    • Ben Bullock

      Pallotta seems to have been roped in, but it’s actually the invention of a South Carolina-based fundraising consultant named Jimmy LaRose. Their conference is being held in the same city and at the same time as the SC Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ annual Nonprofit Summit.

    • Dan has written to me explaining that he is speaking at their event but he is not otherwise involved. My apologies to Dan and to any readers I have misled.

  • Savannah

    I received one of the “you’ve been nominated!” emails, so of course I google NANOE and their website had scam written all over it. If you click on any of their resources, the only thing that opens is a pop-up window asking if you want to accept your nomination. This article further proves my suspicions. Thank you!

  • Pam A.

    Thanks for posting this. I just got an email from them and was very confused by it.

  • Jay Clark

    I just received one of the “invitations” and started immediately looking for outside verification of their legitimacy, since it smacked of those invitations one gets just after receiving a post graduate degree, to be in a “Who’s Who” directory. I am glad I found your article and organization.

    • L Cox

      re: being like those invitations you get after receiving a post-grad degree – not even that. I have no degree; I have only ever worked in small nonprofits – and as a secretary and bookkeeper, and yet I am to believe I’ve been “nominated” for this national board? Not bloody likely. If you reply to the email, it goes unanswered. If you ask to be removed from their list – they ignore you, because I requested that last year and still got TWO “nomination” letters THIS year. This is a total scam, and needs to be outed as such by someone in authority to do so. This year, their website is much more professional looking and is a better trap, too – they’ve upped their game. I despise this kind of trickery being used in this way.

  • L Cox

    This is 2017 – and the second year I’ve gotten this email, in spite to trying to contact them (getting no reply, of course) and in spite of asking to be removed from their email list after requesting via email – to an email address on the website – as a test that they verify themselves somehow and getting no response to that either. Last year their website was really sketchy; this year they’ve upped their game and made that part of the trap look more professional. But it’s still a total scam as far as I can tell. To start with, I’ve only ever worked as a secretary/bookkeeper/data person in small nonprofits. There is no way I’d ever be “nominated” by anyone for some kind of leadership anything, especially at the national level. If I knew where to report these… people… I’d do it.