Programs and Events

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.

View upcoming topics and event dates and to register for a Zoom link.

Real Talk and Big Ideas

The Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies hosts a free, monthly webinar for nonprofit leaders and staff, board members, students, and community members interested in frank conversations about trending topics in the nonprofit sector. Each event features both an academic as well as a nonprofit practitioner, moderated by center director Alicia Schatteman, Ph.D.

Real Talk and Big Ideas events are held the second Tuesday of the month from noon-1 p.m. (September to June). A sample of topics include nonprofit governance, equity and inclusion and philanthropy. 

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. The Networking Extravaganzas are fun, win-win events for everyone!

Research Colloquia

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

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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Zulauf Hall 114

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