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

Ben Bingle

Grants & DCNP Director

Ben joined the Community Foundation in 2016. He has led local, statewide, and federal initiatives, designed and evaluated programs, raised funds, and directed large scale 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.

Marc Hooks

Grants & Community Initiatives Manager

Marc's nonprofit experience began as an undergrad as part of the Internship Program coordinated by DCNP. He also interned in Washington D.C. with a member of Congress and interned with a municipality. Marc has experience in project management, fundraising, and research.

Marc received his bachelor’s degree in Nonprofit and NGO Studies and a Master of Public Administration, both from Northern Illinois University.