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. 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. 

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Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence (NICNE)
NIU – Rockford
8500 E. State Street
Rockford, IL  61108
Mailing Address:
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
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Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence is a program of Rockford University with generous support from   

United Way of Rock River Valley     Community Foundation of Northern Illinois


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Program & Membership Coordinator
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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. INVEST TODAY. MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

“I know that my organization is stronger and healthier due to the NICNE trainings we have attended.”

Julie Bosma

Executive Director, RAMP

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Quick access to reliable information about services in our community. Nonprofits who wish to be included in the resource can update their listing HERE.

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