NIU Civic Leadership Academy

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In 2015, Giving DuPage began its partnership with the Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) at Northern Illinois University as a way to introduce Giving DuPage Nonprofit Members to an accredited and nationally-recognized certificate program.

Giving DuPage Nonprofit Members have access to discounted course rates as a benefit of being a Giving DuPage partner. Courses are centered on professional development, organizational efficiency, and informed leadership.

Over 200 nonprofit professionals have participated in the NIU-CLA courses, with many students pursuing nonprofit certification. We are excited to share the 2017-18 course schedule and please visit the CLA site for Course Program Descriptions.

Date Time Courses 2017-2018 Location Price*
February 1, 2018  9:00 am – 4:00 pm Strategic Planning – Issues based & Directed DuPage County Admin Building – 421 N. County Farm Road, Room 3-500B in Wheaton $75
February 8, 2018  9:00 am – 1:00 pm Grant Writing – Part I: Skills & Secrets DuPage County Family Center – 422 N. County Farm Road, Classroom in Wheaton $50
February 15, 2018 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Grant Writing – Part II: Grant Writing 200 DuPage County Family Center Classroom – 422 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton $75
February 28, 2018 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Executive Director 101: Nuts & Bolts DuPage County Admin Building – 421 N. County Farm Road, Room 3-500B, in Wheaton $75
February 28, 2018 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm  Are You the Perfect Board Member? What You Need To Know To Lead & Govern DuPage County Admin Building – 421 N. County Farm Road, Room 3-500B, in Wheaton $50
CANCELED – March 15, 2018 CANCELED
9:00 am – 11:00 am
CANCELED – Measuring Your Nonprofit’s Effectiveness CANCELED – DuPage County Family Center – 422 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton CANCELED – $35 (2-hr class)
June 7, 2018 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Social Media – Connecting Agencies/Governments to Constituents DuPage County Family Center – 422 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton $50
June 25, 2018 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Nonprofits & Community Engagement: Tools & Techniques for Connectedness Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management – 418 N. County Farm Road $75

*Prices shown are for Giving DuPage Partners. Please see the table below for a more complete look at pricing.


All workshops hosted by Giving DuPage will be at the DuPage County Government Center – either at the Administration Building or the Family Center located on County Farm Road in Wheaton.


Participants may register for one or multiple workshops and may register any time during the program year. Giving DuPage Nonprofit Members receive a SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATE!

Workshop Giving DuPage Partners Discount Rate – Early Bird Standard Fee – Early Bird Giving DuPage Partners Discount Rate Standard Fee
Half – Day $45 $100 $50 $125
Full – Day $66 $200 $75 $250

ABOUT CIVIC LEADERSHIP ACADEMY: CLALogoThe Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) was created in 2004 by the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University as a leadership skills development program for elected and appointed leaders and managers in government and nonprofit agencies. Over 15 new workshops have been added to the program since its inception, and each workshop is designed to give participants new skills for personal effectiveness and growth in their professional/organizational roles working within local governmental and nonprofit agencies.

QUESTIONS?  Contact Giving DuPage at (630 407-6458 or email