Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence (NICNE) has been providing capacity building, training, technical assistance and resource support to nonprofit organizations within our region since August 2004. NICNE is the region's primary resource for nonprofit management and leadership development. NICNE strengthens nonprofits by providing education, training, technical assistance, and assessments, and encourages collaboration resulting in a strong, vibrant nonprofit sector critical to a healthy community. 

NICNE is a program of Northern Illinois University, Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development.

Our mission: Promoting innovation and excellence in the nonprofit sector.

Questions about course offerings, resources, consulting or NICNE Membership? Contact us!

Lead Louder: A Call To Action for area Nonprofits

Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara calls nonprofits to “Lead Louder” at NICNE’s workshop on Mission Advocacy

Rockford’s Mayor, Tom McNamara, called nonprofits to “Lead Louder” in the community while doing their vital work at the Stand For Your Mission workshop at NIU – Rockford on March 8th, 2019. During his TOM-Talk, Mayor McNamara highlighted the often-difficult cases and causes area nonprofits advocate for, and the compassionate care shown to some of the most vulnerable people in our community through that work. On behalf of the City of Rockford, Mayor McNamara thanked area nonprofits as they “do some of the most important work in the city.”

The Mayor noted that Rockford is a far stronger city because of this work; Nonprofits “don’t just provide services and programs, [they] provide hope. A city can be measured by how they treat their most vulnerable,” and he believes that nonprofits are often “too quiet about the tremendous role and impact [they] have in our community, and in cities across the country. Nonprofits are the backbone to our city” and need to be increasingly bold about sharing that message – “Stand up, stand tall”, and “Lead Louder”!

Frank Martinelli of The Center for Public Skills Training of Milwaukee empowered more than 80 area nonprofit leaders and board members with tools and tips on how to use advocacy to best support their mission and make a greater impact. The workshop included a panel of experienced and impassioned leaders who shared how they use advocacy in their work to make a difference in the community and to educate local, state and federal elected officials about their work and mission while urging them to consider the needs of nonprofits and their participants when making decisions and passing legislation.

Thank you to our panel of speakers, Dr. Litesa Wallace, Deputy Director of Program Management and Operations – City of Rockford Human Services Department; Eric Brown, Education & Advocacy Coordinator – RAMP; Maureen Mostacci, Executive Director – Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling; and Phil Eaton – President & CEO – Rosecrance Health Network for making such a powerful impact! Thank you to United Way of Rock

Endowment Campaign

Learn more or give to the Imagine endowment campaign.

Imagine Endowment Campaign

Contact Us

Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence
8500 East State St
Rockford, IL 61108

Meet NICNE Staff


Pam Clark Reidenbach

Sign Up for NICNE Emails

Upcoming Events

Nonprofit Job Board

Recent Newsletters

Federation Membership

Alliance for Stron Families and Communities®