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Three new programs for the Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Wednesday, January 09, 2013  
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For Immediate Release – 1/19/13

Rockford, Ill. - The Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence (NICNE) will be hosting three new programs this year for nonprofit management. The programs will be hosted by Rockford College located at 5050 East State Street, Rockford. The new programs are as follows:

Fundable Grant Requests

Friday, January 18, 2013, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Includes FREE Lunch!

Facilitated by: David Buchen, Grant Coordinator, RVC

Register by Monday, January 14

Funders receive many more proposals than they can fund, and projects must clearly fit within a foundation’s funding strategy. Therefore, it is important to take time to write and develop a grant proposal based on a strong project concept. Funders are looking for projects that match their interests, are sustainable, innovative, and have a positive impact within their community. Explore first steps to developing a successful proposal. This working lunch will provide attendees with a set of questions which you can use to evaluate your concept for funding.

Writing a Winning Foundation Proposal

Six-part weekly series on Fridays, February 1 through March 8, 2013

Instructor: David Buchen, Grant Coordinator, RVC

Register by Friday, January 25

This program will provide the tools, training, and hands-on experience needed to write a successful foundation grant proposal ranging from $6,000 to $15,000. The series will provide a facilitated learning environment where each participant will develop a complete grant proposal over the course of six sessions. Each session will consist of classroom training and hands-on computer lab time.

Here Today, Here Tomorrow: Ten High Level Strategies for Growing and Sustaining your Nonprofit

Friday, April 12, 2013, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Instructor: Frank Martinelli, President for the Center for Public Skills Training

Register by Friday, April 5

This workshop is designed for executives, senior management, board members, and volunteers committed to sustaining a mission-focused organization in difficult times. In this half-day workshop, you will learn how to begin transforming your organization for the future. Ten key strategies and practices will be addressed. For each of these key strategies, you will receive information tools and techniques along with opportunities to develop plans to apply them in your nonprofits.

For more information regarding these courses or other NICNE courses offered, please contact Karen Ream, Program and Membership Coordinator at 815-394-4384, or at You can also visit the website at

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Rockford College is a four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. The College offers approximately 80 majors, minors and concentrations, including the adult accelerated degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies. Through its Graduate Studies department, degrees are extended to include the Master of Arts in Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). Rockford College is home to one of only 11 Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapters in Illinois, the most prestigious honor society in the United States. Named by The Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College and one of only 81 colleges in the nation as a "College with a Conscience,” Rockford College currently serves approximately 1,250 full-and part-time students.

Rockford College announced on October 2, 2012 that it will officially change to Rockford University effective July 1, 2013. For more information on the College’s transition, visit:

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