Core Programs

Strong Management Translates into Stronger Mission Performance

Our core programs are designed to increase the management capacity of nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit capacity building refers to activities that improve and enhance a nonprofit organization’s ability to achieve its mission and sustain itself over time. One of the many benefits of membership with NICNE is a discount on our capacity-building programs. By taking advantage of these discounts, your Membership may pay for itself!

Check out our upcoming events for an up-to-date list of programs you can attend. 

Leading a highly successful mission-driven nonprofit requires more than goals and plans; it requires concrete knowledge and abilities. NICNE's five-course Certificate in Nonprofit Management program will teach you the skills needed to strengthen your organization and better achieve your mission.

This highly interactive program is designed for those who currently work in or who desire a career in nonprofit management. Students in the program are active practitioners and aspiring leaders in our region's vibrant nonprofit community. Each course is led by an accomplished expert in their field. Instructors include nonprofit executives, doctorate-level leaders committed to collaboration as a tool to drive social change, and instructors with advanced certifications and decades of experience in nonprofit leadership.

During the Certificate in Nonprofit Management program students are introduced to key current management issues and trends for nonprofit organizations in areas such as fundraising, leadership, board governance, setting strategic direction, marketing, human resource management, budgeting, reading financial statements, and financial management.

"Every week the class had something new for me to take away! I've improved my knowledge, kept up to date with changes, and built connections with peers.” – CNM Participant

We provide training sessions customized to the needs of your board of directors. Our training is offered online, on-site or at the NIU Rockford campus. It's perfect for your next board retreat, or if you're facing a situation such as welcoming new members, preparing for fundraising or engaging in strategic action planning.

Our two-hour basic training session is available for $500. It includes:

  • Basic board roles and responsibilities
  • Legal duties
  • Governing documents
  • Leadership expectations
  • Fiduciary responsibilities
  • Board/staff relationship expectations

Our four-hour advanced training session is available for $850. It includes all the basic training topics, as well as customized topics such as:

  • Fundraising
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Governance models
  • Best practices and principles
  • Board advocacy
  • Parliamentary procedure
  • Traits of an exceptional board
  • Common questions

Join us for discussion and an open exchange of information and best practices related to volunteerism. All are welcome to join this free, self-facilitated group on the first Wednesday of every month from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in EIGERlab in the NIU – Rockford building (8500 E. State Street). Sign up for our email updates and select “Exchange on Volunteerism” as an interest area to get updates about this group, and visit our Events page to see what topics are coming up!

The Rockford Area Case Management Initiative (RACM) provides a community-wide approach to deliver individualized, strength-based, and person-centered support services that helps participants achieve specific, self-defined outcomes leading to self-sufficiency. Large-group foundational training, topical training modules, and a Case Management Community of Practice are the key components of this initiative. Learn more at the RACM webpage.

Withdrawal and Cancellation for Courses and Programs

Withdrawal and Cancellation Policy

A full refund less a 1% cancellation fee will be granted to a registrant who notifies us about his or her cancellation at least five business days prior to the start of the course/program. After this date, no refund will be given unless the Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence cancels the course/program. Registrants may apply the tuition to another course/program offered by the Center, if contact is made at least five days prior to the start of the course/program. Failure to attend a course/program does not entitle a registrant to a refund. Cancellations must be confirmed in writing by registrants.

Weather-related Class Cancellation

All courses/programs will be held during inclement weather unless Rockford University closes its campus. If the Center cancels a program due to weather, the program will be made up during the same semester or an opportunity will be offered for registrants to make up a program the next time it is offered by the Center. Failure to attend due to inclement weather does not entitle a registrant to a refund or make-up session.

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

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