NICNE is the region’s primary resource for nonprofit management and leadership development. NICNE strengthens nonprofits by providing Education & Training, Agency Assessments & Technical Assistance, and Alliances & Linkages.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Stronger management translates into stronger mission performance.
NICNE offers extensive programming in many key areas of nonprofit management and capacity building. Please see our Programs page for details about these offerings.
CEUs available for licensed social workers. Each NICNE course hour is equal to one CEU. For more information, please contact Karen Ream at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815.394.4384. AGENCY ASSESSMENTS & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Sustainable, high-performing organizations are those that commit to building organizational capacity.
Embark on a thorough assessment of organizational capacity. NICNE provides processes, tools, and support to conduct formal agency assessments that benchmark performance according to preferred standards and best practices.
The center is trained in two areas:
- The Unity Foundation CQ (Capacity Quotient) is the only nonprofit assessment that benchmarks nonprofit capacity according to 60 standards of "preferred practice” in nonprofit management. Visit www.unityfdn.org for more information.
- The Wilder Nonprofit Life Stage assessment determines what life stage an organization is in and the organization’s strengths and weaknesses. The tool can be used to help nonprofit organizations plan for the future, make decisions proactively, anticipate challenges, and determine necessary adjustments.
Take advantage of the technical assistance provided by university staff. Utilize the vast collection of resources including:
- Nonprofit best practices
- Policies and procedures
- Employee handbooks
- Board development
- Business plans
- Strategic planning
- 501(c)3 development
- AND many more
ALLIANCES & LINKAGES
Connect with peers to develop and share solutions
Linking organizations to one another not only provides nonprofits access to potential collaboration and partnerships, it builds a sense of community and support which makes our entire community stronger.
The center regularly updates the Directory of Community, Corporate, and Private Foundations of Illinois. The directory is available to all Member organizations.
We rely on membership to sustain our work of delivering quality service to you, your board, and your staff. Visit our Membership page for details and to view a list of our current Member organizations.
Our database of over 700 nonprofit organizations in a 5-county region helps us link you to capacity-building resources. Visit our Contact Us page to sign up for our nonprofit mailing list.
All of our programs are highly collaborative, allowing you to connect with peers, identify changing sector needs, and network with key nonprofit leaders. View our Programs and Special Events pages for details on current offerings.
Each of the following links connect you to highly informative websites from reputable organizations and sources. Click each name to visit the resource website:
Each of the following resource documents are free to download, use, copy, and distribute.
Business Model Template
A Practical Guide to Integrated Communications (A Workbook for Nonprofits)
A Consumer's Guide to Donor Management Systems
A Consumer's Guide to Grant Management Systems
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