Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence

aka NICNE   |   Rockford, IL   |
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Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence

EIN: 82-3303333


Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence (NICNE)'s mission is to promote, model, and grow innovation, excellence, and social impact. NICNE 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. 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 and encourages collaboration resulting in a strong, vibrant nonprofit sector critical to a healthy community.

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Executive Director

Mrs. Pamela Clark Reidenbach

Associate Director

Mrs. Billie F. Callahan

Main address

8500 E. State Street

Rockford, IL 61108 USA

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Subject area info




Leadership development

Population served info


NTEE code info

Nonprofit Management (S50)

Management & Technical Assistance (W02)

Management & Technical Assistance (T02)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Certificate in Nonprofit Management

This program is designed to support the changing demands on nonprofit leaders to enhance their management skills and operate more effectively. The five courses (one offered in the Fall, four in the Spring) will strengthen participants’ abilities in Leadership and Governance, Marketing, Human Resources, Financial Management, and Fund Development, and would be valuable to a wide range of nonprofit participants: employees, managers, board members, new leaders, as well as those seeking to transfer from the for-profit to nonprofit world.

Population(s) Served

NICNE offers two and four hour sessions at your site that are customized to your organization’s particular needs. These trainings (offered at the time and location that is convenient for your board) help keep your board of directors current, cohesive, and on target with your mission.

Each fiscal year NICNE offers a board training opportunity. In 2016 we welcomed internationally known speaker and author Kim Klein for a seminar titled, “Don’t Leave Money on the Table: Creating an Upgrading Team.” These workshops are designed for current board members, potential board members, and nonprofit executive staff members interested in current information for changing times and effective governance.

Population(s) Served

Leading discussion and open exchange of information and best practices related to volunteerism. Free monthly conversations have pivoted to regular virtual gatherings via the annual Northwest Illinois Regional Volunteerism Conference. Sign up for our email updates and select “Exchange on Volunteerism” as an interest area to get updates about this group, and visit our Events page to see what topics are coming up!

Population(s) Served

The Rockford Area Case Management Initiative (RACM) provides a community-wide approach to deliver individualized, strength-based, and person-centered support services that helps participants achieve specific, self-defined outcomes leading to self-sufficiency. Large-group foundational training, topical training modules, and a Case Management Community of Practice are the key components of this initiative. Learn more at the RACM webpage.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2021 Fiscal Year 2021 Form 990
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 15.57 over 5 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 11 over 5 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 5 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $375,585 $150,130 $267,988 $207,039
As % of expenses 278.7% 109.0% 130.3% 52.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $375,585 $150,130 $267,988 $207,039
As % of expenses 278.7% 109.0% 130.3% 52.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $510,342 $287,920 $473,629 $601,616
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -43.6% 64.5% 27.0%
Program services revenue 11.5% 11.6% 9.4% 10.8%
Membership dues 4.5% 8.0% 5.0% 4.3%
Investment income 2.8% 2.1% 23.0% 5.2%
Government grants 2.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 79.2% 78.3% 62.5% 79.8%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $134,757 $137,790 $205,641 $394,577
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 2.3% 49.2% 91.9%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 59.1% 32.0%
Professional fees 0.5% 1.0% 0.2% 1.2%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 99.5% 99.0% 40.7% 66.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $134,757 $137,790 $205,641 $394,577
One month of savings $11,230 $11,483 $17,137 $32,881
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $145,987 $149,273 $222,778 $427,458

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 4.4 25.5 13.9 11.1
Months of cash and investments 4.4 25.5 13.9 11.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 33.4 45.8 46.3 30.4
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $49,711 $292,763 $239,056 $364,179
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $65,450 $3,200 $3,100 $136,869
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.9% 5.3% 3.7% 1.1%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $375,585 $525,715 $793,704 $1,000,743

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Mrs. Pamela Clark Reidenbach

Pam Clark Reidenbach is the Executive Director of NICNE, a 501(c)(3) which she co-founded in 2004, now a program of Northern Illinois University. Pam has 35 years of nonprofit executive experience, with prior leadership roles held as the CEO of FAVR in Fond du Lac, WI, and Northwest Community Center and the YWCA of Northwest Illinois in Rockford. Pam has served on numerous nonprofit and foundation boards. She is passionate about the power and potential in our community to move the needle on solving complex social issues. She has devoted her career to strengthening the nonprofit sector and increasing organizational capacity through promoting, modeling, and growing innovation, excellence, and social impact in the nonprofit sector. Pam holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She loves spending time with family including her husband Tom, and two children, Hannah and Zach.

Associate Director

Billie Callahan

Billie Callahan is proud to serve the Associate Director of NICNE, having joined the organization in October of 2018. She has 14 years of nonprofit leadership experience, with prior leadership roles serving adults with Intellectual Disabilities for 10 years, with more than 7 of those years spent as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, and nearly 3 years as a QIDP. Billie has served on numerous nonprofit boards and is seeking additional board service opportunities. She is committed to helping those in careers of service to do their best work. She is uniquely adaptable and skilled at connecting people, ideas, and resources to facilitate partnerships and growth with an eye for strategic opportunities as well as systems and structures work. Billie holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Board of directors
as of 06/22/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Mrs. Kay Larrick

Jeff Fahrenwald

Supply Core

Jim Millikin

Retiree - CPA

Rena Cotsones

Northern Illinois University

Mike Schablaske


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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/22/2023

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