Professional organizations

Students are encouraged to research the professional organizations listed as a way to increase your professional networks. Additionally, these organizations should be researched for cfe and internship opportunities.

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)

National, nonprofit, membership organization committed to developing and maintaining active, creative, health-promoting lifestyles by improving educational and community programs.

 AAPAR - American Association for Physical Activity & Recreation

AAPAR seeks to increase public awareness and support for lifelong physical activity and recreation programs through continuing education for professionals conducting programs across the lifespan. Our main purpose is to serve professionals by disseminating guidelines, standards of practice and providing continuing education based on evidence-based research.

American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)

An organization that exists to help association professionals achieve previously unimaginable levels of performance. We do this by nurturing a community of really smart, creative, and interesting people - our members.

American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)

ATRA is the only national membership organization representing the interests and needs of recreational therapists.

Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association (AzHLA)

AzHLA is the leading public policy advocate for the Arizona Lodging Industry, representing over 34,000 rooms statewide and 400+ members including hotel, resorts, B&B's and related industry partners.

Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT)

To create an awareness of, and a demand for, Arizona as a tourism destination.

Arizona Parks and Recreation Association (APRA)

The Arizona Parks and Recreation Association is a non-profit, professional organization designed to operate for the promotion, broadening and improvement of parks and recreation in Arizona and offer services which help members become the best parks and recreation services providers.

Arizona Restaurant and Hospitality Association (ARHA)

ARHA is dedicated to educating Arizona's current restaurateurs and their employees on the industry's latest trends, management techniques and regulations.

Arizona State Parks

This site offers information regarding the state parks around Arizona including volunteer information, rules and regulations, and tourist attractions.

Arizona State Therapeutic Recreation Association (ASTRA)

The Arizona State Therapeutic Recreation Association (ASTRA) was founded in 1989 to represent the interests and aspirations of therapeutic recreation professionals in Arizona. ASTRA is a chapter affiliate of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) and supports its definition of therapeutic recreation as the provision of treatment services and the provision of recreation services to persons with illnesses or disabling conditions.

Arizona Tourism Alliance (ATA)

An independent, non-profit organization based on unifying Arizona's many travel-related businesses.  Its mission is to ensure the future growth and success of tourism through our collective efforts.  ATA and its partners work throughout the year to advocate, educate, and unite the tourism industry.

Association for Volunteer Administration of Central Arizona (AVACA)

The professional association which promotes excellence in volunteer resources management by providing opportunities for professional growth and development, networking and collaboration, and training and education. AVACA also serves the community as a resource and advocate for the profession of volunteer resources management.

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

Professional association of individuals responsible for generating philanthropic support for a wide variety of nonprofit, charitable organizations.

Bureau of Land Management

The BLM sustains the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for  the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department

The Parks and Recreation Department website offers a wide variety of information ranging from information on the mountain/desert preserves to the arts and culture found around the Phoenix area.

Downtown Phoenix Partnership

A non-profit organization funded by an assessment on property owners within the 90 square block core of Copper Square. The Partnership provides enhanced services to the Copper Square core area. These include: security, marketing, economic development, transportation/parking coordination, streetscape/urban design, and streetscape maintenance services and public policy facilitation. The Copper Square core is generally bounded by Fillmore Street to south of Jackson Street, Seventh Street to Third Avenue. There are additional properties that receive Partnership services through fee-for-service contracts.

Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI)

HSMAI is a global organization of sales and marketing professionals representing all segments of the hospitality industry.

International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR)

IASNR is an interdisciplinary professional association open to individuals who bring a variety of social science and natural science backgrounds to bear on research pertaining to the environment and natural resource issues. Our official journal, Society and Natural Resources, publishes research articles and policy analyses pertaining to a broad range of topics addressing the relationships between social and biophysical systems. Our official meetings, the International Symposia on Society and Resource Management, are held annually.

Meeting Professionals International (MPI)

Meeting Professionals International will be the pivotal force in positioning meetings and events as strategic components of organizational success.

National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC)

National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) is the premier credentialing organization for the profession of Therapeutic Recreation.

National Park Service

The NPS website is the place to go for information regarding parks & recreation, history & culture, nature & science, and interpretation & education at the National Parks around the United States.

National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA)

Committed to advancing parks, recreation and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people.

Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)

PCMA is your best resource for outstanding education offerings, networking opportunities, community service, and much more. In this section, learn about PCMA and its governance, membership, community service offerings, and latest news.

USDA Forest Service - official site.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service is a Federal agency that manages public lands in national forests and grasslands. The Forest Service is also the largest forestry research organization in the world, and provides technical and financial assistance to state and private forestry agencies. Gifford Pinchot, the first Chief of the Forest Service, summed up the purpose of the Forest Service—"to provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people in the long run."

Volunteer Center of Maricopa County

Is a United Way partner agency, promotes and supports volunteerism to enhance the quality of life in the community. Annually, we provide referrals to more than 27,000 individuals and groups seeking an effective and meaningful volunteer experience to over 450 nonprofit organizations in Maricopa County.

World Tourism Organization

A specialized agency of the United Nations, is the leading international organization in the field of tourism. It serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and practical source of tourism know-how.

World Travel and Tourism Council

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is the forum for global business leaders comprising the presidents, chairs and CEOs of 100 of the world's foremost companies. It is the only body representing the private sector in all parts of the Travel & Tourism industry worldwide.  WTTC's mission is to raise awareness of the full economic impact of the world's largest generator of wealth and jobs - Travel & Tourism.

Nonprofit Youth and Human Leadership & Management: American Humanics
Arizona State University
Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions
School of Community Resources & Development

The American Humanics program at Arizona State University has been in existence for over 25 years. It continues to prepare students to become successful professionals who positively impact the community in whcih they work.

American Humanics

Alliance of colleges, universities, and nonprofits preparing undergraduates for careers with youth and human service organizations.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian service organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.


AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth, primarily through a professionally supported, one-to-one relationship with a caring adult, and to assist them in achieving their highest potential as they grow to become responsible men and women by providing committed volunteers, national leadership and standards of excellence.

Boy Scouts of America

It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and in other ways prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime in achieving their potential.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America is to help youth of all backgrounds, with special concern for those from disadvantaged circumstances, develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders.

Camp Fire USA

It is the mission of Camp Fire Boys and Girls to build on the strength of their councils to positively impact the development of children and youth through community-based youth development programs. This organization also strives to expand Camp Fire nationwide to serve increased audiences through contemporary programs and new markets.

Girl Scouts of the USA

Girl Scouts of the USA is dedicated to inspiring girls with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism and service. Membership is extended to all girls who accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law. To reflect the diversity of the United States of America, this organization gives the highest priority to the inclusion of girls from currently underrepresented populations.

Girls Incorporated

The purpose of Girls Incorporated is to meet the needs of girls in their communities, in helping girls and young women overcome the effects of discrimination and to develop their capacity to be self-sufficient, responsible citizens and to serve as a vigorous advocates for girls, focusing attention on their special needs.

Corporation for National & Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service plays a vital role in supporting the American culture of citizenship, service and responsibility. They are a catalyst for change and champion for the ideal that every American has skills and talents to give. They are the parent organization of AmeriCorps.

The Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has worked since 1954 to promote the protection of all animals. With nearly ten million members and constituents, The HSUS is the nation’s largest and most powerful animal protection organization, working in the United States and abroad to defend the interests of animals. We celebrate the human-animal bond, and we fight animal cruelty and abuse in all of its forms.

Junior Achievement Inc.

Junior Achievement will ensure that every child in America has a fundamental understanding of the free enterprise system.

March of Dimes

The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality.

National Urban League

The mission of the Urban League Movement is to help African Americans attain social and economic equality. The fundamental objective of the National Urban League is to enable those who are striving toward the mainstream to achieve economic self-reliance and to enjoy their rights as equal citizens under the law.

Outreach International

Outreach International's mission is to help the poor help themselves. Outreach International's purpose is to help people overcome the effects of poverty and to develop the capacity to create a new future for themselves and their community. Outreach International provides responsible ways for people with charitable hearts to help the poor to a better life.

National 4-H Council

The National 4–H Council is the national, private sector non-profit partner of 4–H and the Cooperative Extension System.


Opportunity Knocks is a job listing service for employers and job seekers in the nonprofit sector.

Points of Light Foundation

The Foundation's mission is to engage more people more effectively in volunteer community service to help solve serious social problems.

The Arc of the United States

The Arc of the United States works through education, research and advocacy to improve the quality of life for children and adults with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and their families and works to prevent both the causes and effects of mental retardation.

United Way of America

To support and serve local United Ways to help increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another.

Volunteers of America

Volunteers of America is a movement organized to reach and uplift all people and bring them to the knowledge and active service of God. Volunteers of America, illustrating the presence of God through all that we do, serves people and communities in need and creates opportunities for people to experience the joy of serving others. Volunteers of America measures its success in positive change in the lives of individuals and communities we serve.

YMCA of the USA

The mission of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build spirit, mind and body for all.

Therapeutic Recreation Academic Program at ASU
Arizona State University
Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions
School of Community Resources & Development

The therapeutic recreation program at Arizona State University has been in existence for over 35 years. It continues to prepare students for a rewarding career with diverse applications and numerous opportunities for employment. Upon graduation, students are qualified to take the certification exam and become certified as a certified therapeutic recreation specialist, CTRS.

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