Staff

The DeKalb County Community Foundation hired its first full-time DCNP Manager in February 2016. The DCNP Manager is responsible for our financial management, coordinating trainings, professional development, programs, and special initiatives, overseeing membership benefits, enacting our communications plan, and ultimately implementing the DCNP strategic plan.

Ben Bingle

DCNP Manager


Ben has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2002 when he began his career as an AmeriCorps VISTA. He has led local, statewide, and federal initiatives, designed and evaluated programs, developed funding proposals, and directed over $680,500 of contract-based research.

Ben earned his bachelor’s degree from Monmouth College, received a Master of Public Administration from Drake University, and completed his doctorate at Northern Illinois University where he also teaches an undergraduate course.

Sarah Trygstad

DCNP Program Assistant


Sarah has extensive nonprofit experience dating back to her volunteer activities as a youth. In DeKalb County, she has served as a student board member with the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, worked with the Center for NGO Leadership and Development at NIU, and has interned with the Kishwaukee College Foundation and the Midwest Museum of Natural History.

Sarah graduated from Northern Illinois University with an undergraduate degree in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management.