Message from the Director


The Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies serves the nonprofit community both in the United States and abroad through our undergraduate programs, research, and engagement. We draw from many fields and disciplines to raise issues of social justice, and to builds skills and knowledge of the issues affecting communities. This is what makes our center different; we think about what our communities need, but also how we can affect change.

I'm excited to be acting director of the center, which is what first brought me to NIU nine years ago. Our students get hands-on learning experiences in the classroom, through volunteer service, and through internships from the day they arrive. They quickly build a strong network at the university and while working out in the community.

For nonprofit organizations, we are here to support your mission by connecting you with students, sharing the latest research on topics of real importance to your organization, and providing support for all of your questions in areas such as fundraising, program evaluation, board governance, civic engagement, marketing, volunteer management and much more.

Please reach out any time and connect with us on social media to hear all about the great events and activities happening at the center. You can call 815-753-4410 or email me any time with your ideas, suggestions or questions. Stop by the center located in Zulauf Hall 114, we'll be happy to meet with you and share how to become part of the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies here at NIU.

Alicia Schatteman, Ph.D.
Director and Associate Professor