Double-Dipping: ABN Approved

The Alliance for Better Nonprofits (ABN) is excited to announce that we have been approved to offer Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) professional development credits for all of our human resources courses. Earning your SHRM Certification demonstrates your commitment to the profession, to your nonprofit organization, and to yourself through lifelong education and professional development.

In 2017, ABN will offer a certificate in Nonprofit Human Resources. Any individual who takes six qualifying courses will earn a Level 1 Certificate. We love double-dipping, so your courses also qualify for SHRM credits!

“All businesses, large or small, rely on personnel to execute strategies and advance their goals; so too do nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits need to perform at the same level as profit-seeking companies when they are SHRM-Logo(2).jpgfaced with the challenges of establishing and maintaining a solid workforce,” says Elle Benson, ABN Director of Training. “Human resources is often overlooked in nonprofit organizations, and for East Tennessee to serve as a role model for the nonprofit industry, we cannot overlook the importance of developing a strong workforce.”

Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, SHRM is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of HR management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Learn more at

See upcoming trainings on the ABN Calendar, and check back in early October when all of our 2017 training courses will be online and available for registration.

385 Elle Benson is the Director of Capacity Building for the Alliance for Better Nonprofits (ABN), East Tennessee’s nonprofit resource center. She oversees the educational development and consulting practices at ABN. Elle brought ten years of nonprofit and business consulting experience into assisting in the creation of ABN. Her nonprofit experience includes fundraising, nonprofit program development, nonprofit and corporate marketing, human resources, board governance, and strategic planning. She holds a certification in board governance from BoardSource, a global network advancing board governance practices. She also has a certificate in group facilitation. She earned a business degree from the Haslam College of Business, and she completed her MBA in leadership and organizational change at Tiffin University. She currently teaches nonprofit management for the University of Tennessee Non-Credit Programs. Elle enjoys being involved in the community, having served on eight nonprofit boards. She is currently serving on boards and committees for the Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee, Friends of Literacy, United Way of Greater Knoxville, and Young Professionals of Knoxville.