Workshops, Events and Training

The Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies offers training, workshops, and other events meant to inform and strengthen the Northern Illinois nonprofit community, including students and nonprofit professionals. These events present information crucial to the sector, stimulate thought and conversation around current topics, invite innovation in capacity-building, and offer space for curiosity, dialogue, and networking.

Breakfast Series

In collaboration with the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership (DCNP), the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies hosts a monthly breakfast event for nonprofit practitioners and leaders to learn about a trending topic and network with colleagues. Each breakfast series event features an NIU faculty or staff member (sometimes with an outside speaker as well) covering topics such as the use of social media in nonprofits, gaining press coverage and publicity, avoiding nonprofit fraud and more.

Breakfast series events are held on NIU's campus in Zulauf Hall, room 1015 (10th floor), with networking and coffee from 8-8:30 a.m. followed by the program from 8:30-9:30 a.m. RSVP to or call 815-753-4410.

Members of the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership (DCNP) are able to park free in NIU's visitor parking lot thanks to the sponsorship of DCNP.

Networking Extravaganzas

Each fall and spring the center, in collaboration with the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership, provides a networking opportunity for current students, alumni, and nonprofit professionals.

The extravaganzas are low-key, high-energy events in which our current undergraduate students can practice crucial networking and social conversation skills. At the same time, alumni get to reconnect with each other and our nonprofit partners are able to network with potential interns while at the same time connecting with former interns/alumni. It is a fun, win-win for everyone!

Research Colloquia

Each year, the center brings researchers to campus to broaden our understanding of civic engagement, and the nonprofit/NGO sector.

In 2019-2020, the theme of our colloquia series is "Philanthropy Reimagined" as we explore our understanding of who gives and why from different lenses beyond our traditional understanding.

Undergraduate Certificate in Nonprofit and NGO Studies

The Certificate of Undergraduate Study in Nonprofit and NGO Studies is a pre-professional curriculum that provides you with credentials and a solid foundation for public service-oriented work. The certificate consists of three core courses and a choice of an elective from one of eight related areas (12 credits).

If you are interested in the certificate and not currently an NIU student, you could apply as a visiting student.  Visiting students only need to submit an application and application fee.

Learn more about the university's admission criteria.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring - Nov. 15
  • Summer - May 1
  • Fall - July 15

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