Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence (NICNE) has been providing capacity building, training, technical assistance and resource support to nonprofit organizations within our region since August 2004. Housed within the PURI School of Business, NICNE is the region’s primary resource for nonprofit management and leadership development. NICNE strengthens nonprofits by providing education, training, technical assistance, and assessments, and encourages collaboration resulting in a strong, vibrant nonprofit sector critical to a healthy community.
Our Mission: Promoting innovation and excellence in the nonprofit sector. 

NICNE staff is available for questions about course offerings, resources, and NICNE Membership.

Don't miss Rockford's first Nonprofit Symposium! Join us November 4 for a full-day training. Visit for more information and to register.

Meet Our Staff

Pam Clark Reidenbach

‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Jennifer Smith headshot Jennifer Smith, M.B.A. '14
Program & Membership Coordinator
Diana Vlase headshot Diana Vlase
Graduate Assistant

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Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence is a program of Rockford University with generous support from

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Give to NICNE - Invest in Your Community.

Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence believes in investing in people and organizations that make communities in the northern Illinois area safer, healthier, and more vibrant. We do so by providing training opportunities which help nonprofits to successfully achieve their missions. Through your tax deductible contribution to NICNE, you are supporting best practices in management and ensuring that the daily work to meet the critical needs of your community continues.



Department Information

Center For Nonprofit Excellence
PURI School of Business--Lower Level
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108

Jennifer Smith, Program and Membership Coordinator