What We're Doing

Spring/Summer 2019

  • Alicia Schatteman, Ph.D., became the acting director of the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies.
  • Our collaboration with the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership continues, with 34 interns placed in 24 local nonprofit organizations in 2018, 15 interns placed this spring and three in the summer. The impact of this incredible program is immense: more than 16,560 internship service hours have been completed by nearly 150 interns placed in paid nonprofit internships. Our profound thanks goes out to the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership, NIU's Career Services, and the Douglas C. and Lynne M. Roberts Family Foundation—all of whom generously support this program with time, talent and/or treasure. Both our current students and our alumni who participated in the internship program have amazing stories of how the program has influenced their lives.
  • Our students have many opportunities to combine academic learning with hands-on experience. Students in NNGO 493: Nonprofit and Community Engagement worked directly with People for People of DeKalb, Welcoming Western Counties, Annie Glidden North Action Group, and Adventure Works-University Village Collaborative. Students in NNGO 390: Program Development for Nonprofits designed programs for Adventure Works' Adventure U, for Camp Power and for Rockford Habitat for Humanity.
  • We collaborated again with the Pick Museum of Anthropology for a showing of the exhibit For the Love of Humans: A History of Dogs and a social justice panel discussion on animal advocacy. The event was free and open to students, nonprofit partners, and friends of the Center and NIU, and the panel included speakers from animal welfare nonprofits in the northern Illinois region.
  • The Breakfast Series (co-sponsored by Nonprofit and NGO Studies and the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership) offered five unique trainings for nonprofit partners this spring:
    • Using Program Evaluation to Increase Outcomes
    • Data Collection and Community-based Collaborative Research
    • Developing and Implementing a Social Media Calendar
    • Technology and Privacy: Keeping Your Organization Safe
    • Senior Capstone Projects

Fall 2018

  • Students in PSPA 301 (philanthropy and fundraising) worked with local nonprofits to write grant proposals. One of the classroom teams worked with the Jerry Johns Literacy Clinic to submit a proposal for a Promise Grant through the DeKalb County Community Foundation—and they were awarded the grant! This kind of engaged student learning is key to helping build solid job skills with our students.
  • Most classroom experiences in NNGO classes include some sort of hands-on project. Students in NNGO 100 (introduction to community leadership and civic engagement) and PSPA 301 (philanthropy and fundraising) volunteered at local nonprofit organizations to get a feel for on-campus opportunities. Students helped stock the shelves at the Huskie Food Pantry, and pulled weeds at the Communiversity Garden.
  • The Center hosted a collaborative event with the Pick Museum of Anthropology, a private showing of Quilts and Human Rights. The evening included refreshments, a brief overview by Center director Chris Einolf on the important human rights work being done by our nonprofit partners, then a private showing of the exhibit.
  • The Breakfast Series (co-sponsored by Nonprofit and NGO Studies and the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership) offered three unique trainings for nonprofit partners, including Universidad para Padres: Serving the Local Latino Community; IL Count Me in 2020: Nonprofits and Census Outreach; Media Relations: Working with the Press to Tell Your Story. We finished the semester with Senior Capstone Projects.
  • Author Peter Hart-Brinson joined us to discuss The Gay Marriage Generation: How the LGBT Movement Transformed American Culture. Hart-Brinson explained how a shift in society's imagination of sexuality sparked a generational change that fueled gay marriage's unprecedented rise. His talk challenged us to reconsider how we think and talk about generations and social change.
  • Chris Einolf, Ph.D., was named 2018 Best Reviewer for the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly journal (NVSQ) by the Association for Research on Nonprofits and Voluntary Organizations (ARNOVA). The best reviewer award commends the winner for "outstanding peer review efforts, recognizing both the quantity of reviews as well as the quality of reviews and the timely fashion they are done in...while being stringent and critical, the best reviewers are thoughtful and encouraging by framing the critique in a way to help the author(s) move the article to a level of excellence."
  • Alicia Schatteman, Ph.D., was selected as a program fellow with the Mid-American Conference's (MAC) Academic Leadership Program, a professional development opportunity to prepare and enhance academic leadership abilities.


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