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, 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.

Danielle Hoske

DCNP Program Assistant

Danielle graduated from Northern Illinois University where she majored in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement and received a minor in Communication Studies. Prior to that she attended Elgin Community College, which is where her interest in the nonprofit sector began, after volunteering with PADS homeless shelter.

Additionally, Danielle is an alum of the DCNP Internship Program. She was heavily involved in volunteer, leadership, and research roles throughout her college career. One of her major contributions was the role she played as a Student Ambassador within the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies at NIU.