Ben Bingle - Foundation Staff

Meet Ben Bingle, director of the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership (DCNP). Ben joined the DeKalb County Community Foundation staff in 2016. He has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector leading local, statewide, and federal initiatives; designing and evaluating programs; raising funds; and directing large-scale contract-based research. Ben has 27 peer-reviewed publications focused on the effectiveness of nonprofit and governmental institutions.


DCNP exists to strengthen nonprofit organizations through programs, funding opportunities, and initiatives, including Give DeKalb County. To accomplish this, Ben collaborates with stakeholders throughout DeKalb County to identify and understand the needs for more substantial organizations. In addition, he works to create and implement programs to meet those needs while evaluating and communicating about the impact of these programs and the nonprofit sector.

“The collective impact of nonprofit organizations is extraordinary, despite being often overlooked. I find inspiration in the roles I can play within the Foundation to enhance nonprofit impact in ways that are ethical, equitable, cost-effective, inclusive, and sustainable.”

For questions or more information about nonprofits, DCNP, or Give DeKalb County, please get in touch with Ben at 815-748-5383 or

Ben has achieved the following educational degrees: a bachelor's in business administration and political science from Monmouth College, a master's in public administration (emphasis on executive leadership) from Drake University, and a doctorate in public administration and American government from Northern Illinois University.
A resident of Sycamore since 2008, Ben and his wife have two children. They enjoy the parks and forest preserves in DeKalb County, family movie night, boating, fishing, and jet skiing in the summer. Ben likes to break a sweat by biking, running, and similar activities.