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

DCNP Director

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 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 where he also teaches an undergraduate course.

Marc Hooks

Grants & Community Initiatives Manager

Marc has experience in the nonprofit and public sectors. His nonprofit experience began as an undergrad as part of the Internship Program coordinated by DCNP. He also served as an intern in Washington D.C. with a member of the United States Congress and as an administrative intern for a municipality. Marc has experience in intergovernmental collaboration, fundraising and research.

Marc received his bachelor’s degree in Nonprofit and NGO Studies at Northern Illinois University and is currently enrolled in their Master of Public Administration program due to graduate in 2019.