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NGOLD is NIU's Center for Nongovernmental Organization Leadership and Development. As an interdisciplinary center serving nonprofit leaders, researchers, students and faculty, we represent a wide range of disciplines. Through three distinct areas, NGOLD attempts to strengthen the nonprofit sector:


Our interdiscipinary approach allows students to benefit from diverse course offerings through the following programs:


We encourage students and faculty to participate in original research and provide assistance with exploratory, descriptive and causal investigations. Through our center, we offer:

  • Opportunities and support for undergraduate student research and artistry
  • Assistance to faculty and scholars that are investigating nongovernmental organizations
  • Resources for original research on NGOs, philanthropy, service-learning, volunteerism, social change and leadership

Community Engagement and Outreach

Through the following NGOLD programs, our students, staff and community benefit from our focus on service. 

Contact Us

The Center for NGO Leadership & Development
Zulauf Hall 114
(815) 753-4410


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