Nonprofit and NGO Studies News

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Professor Chris Einolf and Julie Ann O’Connell attended the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC) Biennial Conference in Indianapolis. 

Nonprofit and NGO Studies faculty and staff participated in the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership’s Nonprofit Day, an annual day of training for nonprofits and staff. Dr. Ben Bingle, manager of DCNP and also NNGO instructor, planned and implemented the conference.   Dr. Alicia Schatteman presented “From Compliance to Culture: Building Ethical Nonprofits”, and Julie Ann O’Connell and Sherrie Taylor  (NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies) presented “DeKalb County: New Trends and 2017 Nonprofit Study.” 

Nonprofit and NGO Studies welcomed a new Center Director, Dr. Christopher Einolf.  Dr. Einolf is tenured in Sociology, and comes to NIU from DePaul University.

The Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies became the new name for the former Center for NGO Leadership and Development.  The major, minor, and certificate are now in Nonprofit and NGO Studies (replacing Community Leadership and Civic Engagement).

Dr. Alicia Schatteman presented at the Campus Compact teaching and learning conference at Loyola University (Chicago) about using a social justice lens to teach philanthropy and fundraising. 

Dr. Alicia Schatteman was named a Service Learning Faculty Fellow by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL).  Dr. Schatteman is a member of the first cohort of fellows in this new program that promotes the integration of academic service learning into NIU curricula.  Fellows will work to promote service learning through leadership and guidance.

Dr. Mark Schuller, joint faculty member, on recently received the 2016 Anthropology in Media award.

Dr. Schuller also was interviewed by WBEZ radio in Chicago. Listen to his podcast, “Haiti: An Earthquake, A Hurricane, and Foreign Aid.”

NGOLD and the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership released the DeKalb County Nonprofit Study 2015, an in-depth look at county nonprofits and their impact in the local communities.

CLCE major, Kevin Hannon, is a team leader for NIU’s New Student Summer Orientation program. Hannon leads a team of orientation leaders, helping incoming freshmen navigate the orientation process. 

The NGOLD-sponsored 2015 Global Leadership & Philanthropy Camp took place June 21-26 on NIU’s campus. High-school students from around the country gathered on NIU’s campus to learn about leadership skills and how philanthropy helps a community thrive. NGOLD grad assistant Julie Ann Read directed the camp, and CLCE alumna Sarah Trygstad and CLCE student Lizy Garcia served as camp counselors.


CLCE 410: Nonprofits and Community Engagement students presented their final projects to the community.  Projects included work on the University Village Tenant Union, the DeKalb County Food Hub, DeKalb County prison overpopulation, and DREAM Action.

CLCE 390: Nonprofit Boards and Governance concluded with a thank you luncheon for community partners.

CLCE 495: Capstone students presented their final presentations to community members for the NGOLD Breakfast Series.

CLCE 390: Nonprofit Boards and Governance students presented their final project on UNESCO to the community.  Students traveled to Paris over spring break to visit UNESCO offices and several nonprofit partners.

CLCE 350: Community Organizations in a Digital World presented the Nonprofit Technology Showcase 2015 to the community. Students spent the semester assisting 10 area community organizations with their technology needs, then did community presentations on the projects which included data analytics, website development, social media campaigns, volunteer management, nonprofit branding, and video campaigns. 

Dr. Alicia Schatteman presented a session on Mission Drift to members of the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership.

CLCE minor, Randiss Hopkins, spoke to 15,000 students at We Day Illinois about his experiences as a student leader and social entrepreneur.


CLCE major Jessica Sandlund was named a 2015 Alumni Merit Scholar by the NIU Alumni Association. 

CLCE major Rebekah Guillotte won the “Mothers Memorial Scholarship” through the Women, Gender, and Sexuality department.

CLCE major Brooke Russell was awarded the 2015 Applauding Excellence in Student Career Success award.

Dr. Nancy Castle, NGOLD director, was awarded the F.R. Geigle Service Award by the Northern Illinois University Alumni Association.

CLCE majors Nicholas Lisle, Jake Swick, Brooke Buttacavoli, Amanda Nellett, Julia Metz, and Jessica Sandlund received the Kevin D. Knight Leadership Award.

CLCE minors Kerrian Miller, Bernadette Chatman, and Sara Briseno, along with CLCE certificate student Mark Mitchell II received a Kevin D. Knight Leadership Award.

NGOLD Breakfast Series attendees learned valuable and timely lessons about Emergency Preparedness from NIU Emergency management Coordinator, Kyle Ullmark.


Students Travel to Paris
Dr. Castle led a group of students to Paris over spring break to study UNESCO Youth Programmes. 

Tara Lenardi Receives Scholarship
CLCE minor selected for a Forward, Together Forward Scholarship. 

Lauren Ford Student Board Member
CLCE minor, Lauren Ford, is a student board member with the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce. 

Students Learn Grassroots Organizing
As part of CLCE 410, students participated in GROW training.

Lizy Garcia Honored by Scholarship
CLCE major receives prestigious Forward, Together Forward scholarship. 


Lizbeth Roman Student Board Member
CLCE major, Lizbeth Roman, is a student board member with the Ellwood House. 

Ben Bingle Receives Award
NGOLD Outreach Coordinator, Ben Bingle, was notified of his selection for the Presidential Supportive Professional Staff Award of Excellence while co-teaching the Spring 2015 NGOLD-DCNP Internship class. 

NGOLD Brown Bag
NGOLD-Sociology professor, Dr. Laura Heideman gave a research presentation on international peacebuilding.

Interns Trained on Web Analytics
Peter Gowen of NIU’s Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center spoke to CLCE interns about search engine optimization and website analytics. 

NGOLD Offers Training on Nonprofit Fraud
NIU Accounting professor, Dave Sinason, presented at the NGOLD Breakfast Series about how to avoid fraud in nonprofits.

Two CLCE Students Honored
Lizy Garcia and Tara Lenardi were selected for Forward, Together Forward Scholarships. 

LEAD Conference
Julie Ann Read and Sarah Trygstad presented about civic engagement, service learning, and leadership at the LEAD Conference.


CLCE Minor Wins PEACE Award
Randiss Hopkins, CLCE minor, was selected for the PEACE Award through.

Students Attend Chamber Awards Ceremony
CLCE minor, Lauren Ford, is a student board member with the DeKalb Chamber. CLCE students and faculty were well represented at the Chamber ceremony. 

Internship Interviews
CLCE interns interviewed for placement with local nonprofits through the NGOLD-DCNP Internship Program. 

Martin Luther King Service Week
CLCE students, faculty and staff came out in full force for MLK Service Week.

CLCE Alumna Attends Law School at Marquette
NIU athletics standout and CLCE certificate students, Kristen Hoffman, visited campus and caught up with Dr. Castle.

December 2014 - CLCE Interns Make a Difference in DeKalb County
The NGOLD-DCNP Internship Program, supported by the Roberts Family Foundation, placed five CLCE students with local nonprofits.

November 2014 - CLCE Alumna at Work
Caitlin Hahne, 2014 CLCE grad, works as a Membership Coordinator with the Media Financial Management Association.

October 2014 - NGOLD Outreach Coordinator Selected for Young Alumnus Award
Ben Bingle was named the Young Alumnus Award winner at his alma mater, Monmouth College.

September 2014 - Student Success
CLCE students and alums spend their summers making a difference.

August 2014 - CLCE Grads Move to South Korea to Teach English
Amanda Insalaco and Jacob Buckrop hired to teach English to youth in South Korea.

July 2014 - NGOLD Becomes NACC Member
NGOLD is pleased to be a member of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council.

July 2014 - Nonprofit Day
NGOLD helps coordinate the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership's "Nonprofit Day" event at Holmes Student Center.

July 2014 - NGOLD Joint Appointment Faculty Embarks on Fellowship
Mark Schuller travelled to Italy to begin the Belagio Resident Fellows program made possible by the Rockefeller Foundation.

June 2014 - NGOLD-Affiliated Faculty Lead Study Abroad Programs
Faculty gave NGOLD a global reach this summer by offering study abroad programs all over the world.

June 2014 - Julie Ann Read Leads GLAP Camp
Youth entering grades 9-12 attended Global Leadership and Philanthropy camp at NIU directed by NGOLD Teaching Assistant.

June 2014 - CLCE Graduates Accept Positions
CLCE graduates have exemplified "student career success" by moving on to graduate programs or accepting full-time job offers.

June 2014 - Mark Schuller Visits Haiti
NGOLD joint appointment faculty spent time in Haiti while penning his latest book.

May 2014 - Congratulations Graduates
NGOLD bid farewell to some students that have been with us from the very beginning at the 2014 spring commencement.

May 2014 - Super Charged Engaged Learning
CLCE students gained practical experience through engaged learning courses this semester.

May 2014 - Give Local
More than $119,000 is donated in a single day to DeKalb County nonprofit organizations.

May 2014 - NIU Communiversity Gardens Breaks Ground
NIU-community collaboration was exhibited at the groundbreaking of a new communiversity garden. CLCE students contributed to launching the initiative.

May 2014 - Community Organizing Led by CLCE Students
Students in CLCE 410 raised awareness and organized around issues like sexual violence and recycling. Students presented their activities to campus and community leaders.

May 2014 - NGOLD Offers Course on Board Membership
CLCE students served on the boards of local nonprofit organizations. Students presented about their experiences and current trends in board governance.

May 2014 - CLCE Students Present Capstone Projects
Seniors in CLCE 495 presented their capstone thesis papers to nonprofit leaders at NGOLD Breakfast Series

April 2014 - Outreach Coordinator Named Outstanding Graduate Student
Ben Bingle was awarded an Outstanding Graduate Student award for the Department of Political Science.

April 2014 - Ben Bingle awarded SPS Certificate of Recognition
NGOLD Outreach Coordinator was recognized for his accomplishments in 2013-2014.

April 2014 - NGOLD Offers Training by Attorney General's Office
Representatives from the Illinois Attorney General's Office spoke to nonprofit professionals about financial reporting requirements.

April 2014 - NGOLD Co-Hosts 2012 CNN Hero of the Year
Malya Villard-Appollon, co-founder of a grassroots organization in Haiti that provides women with physical and legal support in an effort to combat sexual violence spoke about her advocacy work.

April 2014 - SPGA Organizational Meeting Held
NGOLD is a member of the newly created School of Public and Global Affairs at NIU.

April 2014 - NGOLD Hosts PI Academy PresentationJoint appointment faculty Alicia Schatteman's PI Academy mentor, Kirsten Gronbjerg of Indiana University, presented her research on domestic nonprofit trends.

March 2014 - CLCE Minor Guest Lectures on International NGOs
Tom Bouril, NIU's first ever Rhoades candidate, guest lectured in CLCE 100 on international NGOs.

March 2014 - NGOLD Co-Sponsors Careers with a Cause
NGOLD and NIU's Center for Social Entrepreneurship co-sponsored the second annual Careers with a Cause where students met and networked with social entrepreneurs and executives from corporate social responsibility programs.

March 2014 - Laura Heideman Presents for Women's History Month
NGOLD and Department of Sociology joint appointment, Laura Heideman, presented "Rethinking Gender, War, and Peace: Gender and Human Security in the 21st Century" as part of Women's History Month.

February 2014 - NGOLD Co-Sponsors Event Focusing on Human Rights and Housing in Haiti
Current conditions were discussed along with lessons learned for the future of human rights and housing in Haiti.

January 2014 - NYU Interfaith Conference
NGOLD Director, Nancy Castle, attended the Interfaith Conference at New York University along with other representatives from NIU.

January 2014 - CLCE Alum Attends the State of the Union Address
Maria Torres, one of the first NIU students to graduate with a CLCE major, attended the State of the Union Address in Washington, D.C. as a guest of Representative Bill Foster.

January 2014 - NGOLD Director Presents on Community Engagement at Knox College
Nancy Castle, NGOLD Director, presented "Teaching with Community Engagement" to Knox College administrators, faculty, and staff.

January 2014 - Nancy Castle Presents on Nonprofit Careers
NGOLD Director presented to Sycamore High School students about CLCE, nonprofit organizations, and career options within the nonprofit sector.

January 2014 - Exhibit on Haiti Curated by NGOLD Joint Appointment Faculty Member
Mark Schuller curated an exhibit at the NIU Anthropology Museum about the earthquake in Haiti.

December 2013 - CLCE Students Present Research to Community Leaders
Capstone students and undergraduate researchers presented their findings to nonprofit executive directors and board members at the NGOLD Breakfast Series.

December 2013 - CLCE Minor Interviews for Rhoades Scholarship
Tom Bouril became the first and only NIU student to ever make it to the interviewing stage for the Rhoades Scholarship.

November 2013 - NGOLD Joint Appointment Presents at Breakfast Series
Alicia Schatteman presented on performance measurement to nonprofit leaders at the NGOLD Breakfast Series.

November 2013 - Book Featuring NGOLD Authors Published
NGOLD staff member, Ben Bingle, graduate assistant, Julie Ann Read, faculty associate, Scot Schraufnagel, and undergraduate student, Amanda Insalaco all authored case studies included in a book on nonprofit management and leadership.

November 2013 - Future of NGO Studies Conference
NGOLD co-sponsored a conference at DePaul University focused on the anthropological study of NGOs.

October 2013 - CLCE One of NIU's "Most Misunderstood"
CLCE is a major "truly full of opportunities."

September 2013 - Alicia Schatteman Presents at Advising Summit
NGOLD and Public Administration joint appointment, Alicia Schatteman, delivered a presentation on work-life balance at the Fifth Annual Academic Advising Summit.

September 2013 - Faculty Member Receives Fellowship
Mark Schuller received the Rockefellar Foundation Bellagio Center Resident Scholar Fellowship.

September 2013 - Mark Schuller Discusses Humanitarian Aid in D.C.
NGOLD and Department of Anthropology joint appointment, Mark Schuller, was part of a panel discussing humanitarian aid accountability in Haiti. The panel took place at the Elliott School's Institute for Global and International Studies.

August 2013 - CLCE Major Featured in NIU Today
For Elizabeth Garcia, attending NIU was a no-brainer.

August 2013 - NGOLD and Department of Sociology Welcome New Hire
Laura Heideman began her position as Assistant Professor of CLCE and sociology.

August 2013 - Joint Appointment Faculty Accepts Research Fellowship
Trude Jacobsen, NGOLD joint appointment with the Department of History and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, began her Visiting Research Fellow position in the Department of Social and Environmental Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

August 2013 - CLCE Students Present Research
Ashley Palin (CLCE minor), Tom Bouril (CLCE minor) and Jake Lawrence (CLCE major) presented their research at the Summer Research Symposium.

July 2013 - NGOLD Faculty/Staff at Tufts University
Nancy Castle and Ben Bingle attended the Future of Community Engagement in Higher Education 4th Annual Summer Research Institute at Tufts University.

July 2013 - NGOLD Represented at NACC Conference
Nancy Castle and Ben Bingle attended the NACC Conference held at DePaul University's Downtown Campus in Chicago.

July 2013 - CLCE Minor Selected for McKearn Fellows Program
Ashley Palin, CLCE minor, was one of ten NIU undergraduates selected for the prestigious McKearn Fellows Program. Students learned about ethics and leadership, while also engaging with NIU faculty, staff, and alumni throughout the summer. They also completed a research project; Ben Bingle served as Ashley's research mentor.

July 2013 - Nancy Castle and Alicia Schatteman Mentor Summer Research
Through the SROP program, both Nancy Castle and Alicia Schatteman mentored undergraduate research projects carried out by Tom Bouril (CLCE minor) and Jake Lawrence (CLCE major).

July 2013 - Nancy Castle Begins as NGOLD Director
After serving as Acting Director, Nancy Castle, has been selected as NGOLD's permanent Director.

June 2013 - CLCE Major Interns with U.S. House of Representatives
CLCE major, Amanda Insalaco, took part in an internship at the U.S. House of Representatives. She worked in Congresswoman Robin Kelly's office that represents Illinois' 2nd congressional district.

June 2013 - CLCE Graduate Interns in Mexico
Kaitlin Lynch, May 2013 CLCE graduate, accepted an internship with Investours - a microfinance organization serving communities in Mexico.

May 2013 - Congratulations to CLCE Graduates
Five CLCE majors graduated in May 2013. Best of luck to you all!

May 2013 - CLCE Students Organize Tech Conference
Students in CLCE 350: Community Organizations in a Digital World planned, organized, and carried out a technology conference for nonprofit leaders from the region. The conference took place at Holmes Student Center and featured concurrent presentations on topics such as how to improve websites, mobile optimization, online fundraising, and more.

May 2013 - CLCE Student Part of Winning Social Innovation Competition Team
Kaitlin Lynch, a CLCE major with an Enterprise emphasis, worked with teammates to develop a business plan for a mobile app that would make conflict areas safer. Lynch and her team won $10,000 to either use as seed money to launch the project or to donate to a worthy cause.

May 2013 - NGOLD Educates Future Leaders
Layli Miller-Muro reveives honorary doctorate at NIU. The Community Leadership and Civic Engagement major offers an interdisciplinary education to prepare leaders such as Miller-Muro.

April 2013 - NIU Included in President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Role
NGOLD and CLCE named as contributing factors in NIU receiving the honor, which is awarded to universities and colleges around the country that set the example in civic engagement by creating meaningful and innovative community service opportunities for their students.

April 2013 - NGOLD Sponsors Forum to Discuss International Aid, Haiti
NGOLD hosts book launch and panel discussion at the NIU Alumni Center in Chicago.

April 2013 - Amanda Insalaco and Jake Lawrence Present at URAD
CLCE majors, Amanda Insalaco and Jake Lawrence, took part in Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day by presenting their research posters.

April 2013 - CLCE Major Latasha Bennett Earns Deacon Davis Diversity Award
NIU's Presidential Commission on the Status of Minorities named Latasha Bennett as their recipient for the 2013 award.

April 2013 - Abu Bah Presents in Final Brown Bag of Spring Semester
Sociology Associate Professor and NGOLD Faculty Associate, Abu Bah, discussed his research examining the shift from neoliberalism in the international approach to state-building in Africa. 

March 2013 - NGOLD Student Group Organizes
The NGAGE student group has formed and launched a website.

March 2013 - Alicia Schaateman Discusses Implications of NGO Funding
NGOLD/Public Administration joint appointment, presented her research about the impact and implications of funding on arts and culture organizations in Illinois.

March 2013 - Susan Russell Presents Research at Brown Bag
Anthropology Professor and NGOLD Faculty Associate, Susan Russell, shared her research on peacebuilding and NGOs in the Southern Philippines at the NGOLD Research Brown Bag.

February 2013 - CLCE Featured on NIU Homepage
The CLCE major and two students, Maria Torres and Tom Babbitt, were featured in an article appearing on the NIU homepage.

February 2013 - Mark Schuller Kicks Off Brown Bag Series
NGOLD/Anthropology joint appointment discussed his book, Killing with Kindness, in the first ever NGOLD Research Brown Bag.

February 2013 - NGOLD Research Brown Bag Launch
NGOLD Faculty Associates and joint appointments present their work in the Spring 2013 NGOLD Research Brown Bag series.

February 2013 - CLCE Scholarship Available
Incoming freshman, transfer students, and students returning to NIU who plan to major in CLCE can apply for $500 scholarships. Up to six scholarships will be awarded for Fall 2013.

February 2013 - Future of NGO Studies Conference
NGOLD to sponsor Future of NGO Studies Conference in Chicago during November 2013.

February 2013 - NGOLD Offers Research Brown Bag Series
NGOLD Faculty Associates from departments across campus present their research in the Spring 2013 Research Brown Bag Series.

January 2013 - NGOLD Co-Hosts Service Learning Workshop
Randy Stoecker, PhD presented a workshop about incorporating community partners when developing service learning courses.

January 2013 - NGOLD/Anthropology Joint Appointment Comes to Campus
Professor Mark Schuller began his joint appointment at NIU with NGOLD and the Department of Anthropology.

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