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NGOLD is NIU's Center for Nongovernmental Organization Leadership and Development. As an interdisciplinary center serving nonprofit leaders, researchers, students and faculty, we represent a wide range of disciplines. Through three distinct areas, NGOLD attempts to strengthen the nonprofit sector:


Our interdiscipinary approach allows students to benefit from diverse course offerings through the following programs:


We encourage students and faculty to participate in original research and provide assistance with exploratory, descriptive and causal investigations. Through our center, we offer:

  • Opportunities and support for undergraduate student research and artistry
  • Assistance to faculty and scholars that are investigating nongovernmental organizations
  • Resources for original research on NGOs, philanthropy, service-learning, volunteerism, social change and leadership

Community Engagement and Outreach

Through the following NGOLD programs, our students, staff and community benefit from our focus on service. 


The Center for NGO Leadership & Development
Zulauf Hall 114
(815) 753-4410