Community Affairs – NIU recently created a Director of Community Affairs position to coordinate university-community relations and joint projects.
DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership (DCNP) – NIU participates in the DCNP along with Kishwaukee College, the Kishwaukee United Way and the DeKalb County Community Foundation to provide professional development and access to resources for DeKalb County nonprofit organizations.
DeKalb Strategic Plan – Again, NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies is assisting City of DeKalb staff by providing data on demographics, employment, payroll and other topics that inform local planning efforts.
Downtown Partnerships – NIU participates in a variety of downtown development initiatives, including one that has downtown merchants hosting Huskie Athletics signs and window-cling artwork in front display areas.
Housing Study – NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies conducted a comprehensive study of DeKalb housing stock to help local leaders as they consider requests for new construction permits.
NIU’s Non-Governmental Organization Leadership Development (NGOLD) program – Throughout the year, NGOLD offers training, workshops, and special events for non-profit organizations. Topics vary based on the needs of the local nonprofit community.
NGOLD Service Learning – NGOLD students learn about nonprofit organizations and then carry out projects with nonprofits throughout the local area. Instructors provide ongoing support to help students contribute meaningfully to the nonprofits and their clients.
Nonprofit Breakfast Speaker Series – Every month from August through May, NIU’s NGOLD program hosts a breakfast for nonprofit practitioners and leaders to network with colleagues and provide best practice training in use of social media, press relations, fundraising and entrepreneurial management.
Proudly DeKalb – NIU faculty, staff and students participate in this community initiative, which includes competing for a $3 million grand prize in the “America’s Best Communities” contest.