Director's Welcome

Chris Einolf PhotoThe Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies is an interdisciplinary center that trains students to be effective nonprofit employees and leaders, serves nonprofits in the Northern Illinois region and conducts research that helps nonprofits in the United States and overseas.

Welcome, students! Our Nonprofit and NGO Studies program is the “make a difference” major, minor and certificate at NIU. Our classes and hands-on learning experiences give you a broad perspective on social problems and give you the skills to solve them.

As an NNGO student, you take a core of common courses and can then choose courses that meet your personal and career interests. Our faculty come from backgrounds in anthropology, sociology, communications, economics and NIU's nationally ranked public administration program. Many have substantial experience working in nonprofits.

Through service learning, volunteering, internships and study abroad programs, NNGO students gain practical experiences to supplement traditional curriculum. This allows you to merge theory with practice, develop skills and build your resume with meaningful activities both in and out of the classroom.

Welcome, nonprofits! Our faculty partners with nonprofits to carry out research that has practical value for your organization and to place students in service-learning positions with your group. We have much to offer nonprofits in both research and service-learning and value strongly the partnerships we have made within the local community and region.

We at NNGO believe that in bringing students, faculty and nonprofits together, we can collaborate to meet all of our goals for learning, research and social change. We look forward to working with you and I look forward to hearing from you. Please contact me at and let me know your interest, thoughts and concerns.

Chris Einolf, Ph.D.

Director and Associate Professor