Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies unveils fall virtual programming

NIU’s Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a full slate of fall public programs, conducted via Zoom. Advance registration is required.

Speaker Series

Alicia Schatteman, director of NIU’s Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies

The research speaker series is an opportunity for scholars and nonprofit leaders to discuss their research or connect with current events affecting the sector.

Sept. 23, 9-10:30 a.m. Nonprofits: Paving the Path Forward
Join us for a conversation with nonprofit leaders to hear what they’ve done to triumph in these tough times.

Oct. 6, 12-1:30 p.m.Madam C.J. Walker and the Heritage of African American Philanthropy
Tyrone McKinley Freeman from Indiana University will speak about his new book and the long history of African American philanthropy.

Nov. 9, 12-1 p.m. –  Learning from Community
NIU’s Laura Ruth Johnson will discuss how to create mutually beneficial and collaborative academic-nonprofit partnerships.

Real Talk and Big Ideas Series

Join us for 60 minutes of big thinking and thoughtful debates to revitalize your work day, the third Tuesday of each month from 12-1 p.m. Each session will kick off with two panelists commenting on the issue, asking thought-provoking questions, and offering their opinions on the big idea of the day. A broader and engaging discussion with our panelists will follow.

Sept. 15 Nonprofit Governance
One of our invited guests is Yvonne Harrison, a nonprofit governance scholar and co-creator of the Board Checkup, who will share some of the latest research from Canada and the U.S. Our other guest is Shawn Jeffers, who has over 35 years in the sector, including 17 years as executive director of Little City Foundation. Jeffers will discuss challenges and opportunities related to nonprofit governance and the role of nonprofit boards. 

Oct. 20 Equity and Inclusion
With racial and social justice on the forefront of our minds, we will hear from two guests about their views on what is being done and what still needs to be done. Joseph Flynn from NIU will share his thoughts about how nonprofits can work toward a more inclusive organization. Ofronama Biu is a senior research associate with the Building Movement Project. She will share some key results of Race to Lead, their recent national survey about leaders of color in the nonprofit sector.  

Nov. 17 –  Philanthropy
COVID-19 has disrupted the fundraising of most nonprofits. Funding has been redirected to more urgent needs related to the pandemic, particularly food insecurity, housing and mental health. Laurie Paarlberg will discuss philanthropy from the viewpoint of community foundations. Brett Weiss, a 1973 NIU alumnus and founder/director of the Weiss Scholarship Foundation, will share his ideas about how philanthropy may look different for international causes, especially right now.

All of these virtual events are free and open to the public. For more information about the center or its fall programming, contact Alicia Schatteman at 815-753-4410 or aschatteman@niu.edu.

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