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About Us

The mission of the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at North Park University is to enhance performance and effectiveness of individuals and organizations in the nonprofit sector through education, service and resources. Our vision is to help build vibrant communities in Chicago and beyond through strengthening nonprofit leadership.

We are the source for informative and engaging nonprofit professional development trainings in the Chicago region, and we enhance the impact of both organizations and individuals in the nonprofit sector through programs focused on the Hallmarks of Nonprofit Managerial Excellence℠: Mission and Program; Leadership and Governance; Strategy and Innovation; Human Resources; Financial Strength and Performance; Resource Generation and External Relations; and Accountability and Integrity.

We deliver a superb educational experience for nonprofit professionals and volunteers through workshops, an annual conference, and an intensive three-day program for new nonprofit executive directors and CEOs.

We offer a vast array of educational topics from program evaluation to strategic planning, and fundraising to financial management and human resources. The valuable information presented through these programs enhances the impact of both the nonprofit sector and professionals.  

Axelson Center Programs

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