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NIU Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies

January 2021

NIU Presents Virtual Civics for Nonprofits: How and Why to do Advocacy

Friday January 29 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Topics include a review of governmental structures (federal, state and local), the basic roles and responsibilities of elected officials in government, the different structures of local government including the origins and scope of the statutory authority for various units of local government. Participants will also learn about ways that nonprofit organizations and their representatives can participate in advocacy, staying within the boundaries of nonprofit advocacy regulations. Click here to register. For additional information, please contact Alicia Schatteman at or…

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February 2021

NIU Presents Virtual LGBT Philanthropy

Monday February 1 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Dr. Elizabeth Dale’s presentation will focus on understanding the diversity of who contributes to philanthropy and how gender and sexual identity can serve as a motivation and barrier to philanthropic participation. Identity-based philanthropy scholars have found that marginalized and minority communities approach and participate in philanthropy differently. Dr. Dale is an assistant professor in the Nonprofit Leadership Program at Seattle University. She received her Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Her research focuses…

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NIU Virtual Presentation: NNGO Speaker Series, Humanity’s Last Stand

Tuesday February 9 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Dr. Mark Schuller will discuss his latest book Humanity’s Last Stand: Confronting Global Catastrophe to be published January 2021 by Rutgers University Press. Surveying the struggles of disenfranchised peoples around the globe from frontline communities affected by climate change, to #BlackLivesMatter activists, to Indigenous water protectors, to migrant communities facing increasing hostility, anthropologist Mark Schuller argues that we must develop radical empathy in order to move beyond simply identifying as “allies” and start acting as “accomplices.” The book explores how…

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NIU Virtual Workshop: Use of Data for Grant Proposals

Tuesday February 23 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Are you aware of that almost every place has more than one population count that is correct? How do you know which to use? We will review the various freely available public data resources and what resource is correct for the situation. Several references will also be provided so you have the information at your fingertips when it is needed. Presented by Sherrie Taylor, Senior Research Specialist, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University. Click here to register. If you…

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March 2021

NIU Virtual Presentation: Research Series: Children in Social Movements

Tuesday March 23 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Dr. Diane Rodgers will discuss her latest book Children in Social Movements: Rethinking Agency, Mobilization and Rights published by Routledge in 2020. Providing rich detail of children’s participation through illustrative case studies, this book presents the ideal types of participation as grounded in their social movement activity. These cross cultural, historical and contemporary case studies include, whenever possible, children’s perspective in their own words. Diane M. Rodgers is an Associate Professor at Northern Illinois University and author of Debugging the…

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