2013 Axelson Center Symposium

The Engagement EffectJune 3-4, 2013

More than 570 nonprofit leaders and volunteers met on June 3-4 to learn new and effective strategies that will help them lead, be innovative, and engage boards, staff and volunteers, donors, and community. They were attendees at North Park University's 14th Annual Axelson Center Symposium for Nonprofit Professionals and Volunteers, with the theme, "The Engagement Effect."

Winners of annual awards recognizing area nonprofits were announced at a luncheon emceed by Dr. Pier Rogers, Director of the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management.

The Axelson Center Excellent Emerging Nonprofit Organization Award went to Porchlight Counseling Services. The award is presented to one young organization with potential for growth and greater effectiveness. A capacity building package valued at over $25,000 is presented to the winner. A $2,500 cash grant was also included, funded Curtis Jones and Paula Banks-Jones.

The Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence went to Between Friends (small nonprofits), and Concordia Place (large nonprofits), both in Chicago. The award recognizes nonprofit organizations that embody exemplary management practices. Grants of $7,500 each were presented to the winners, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.

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Porchlight Counseling Services award video

Between Friends award video

Concordia Place award video

2013 Program Brochure, including speakers, sessions, and prices

2013 Symposium Speaker Bios

Symposium Handouts (login required)

Pre-Conference Revenue Institute:
Monday, June 3, 9:00 am to 5:15 pm
Symposium and Resource Fair:
Tuesday, June 4, 8:00 am to 4:45 pm

Holiday Inn at Merchandise Mart

Chicago Mart Plaza
350 W. Mart Center Drive
Chicago, Illinois

We'd like to extend a special thank you to the 14th Annual Symposium sponsors:
Covenant Ministries of Benevolence Chicago Tribune
Fifth Third Bank Nonprofit HR Solutions
 Harris Bank NEON CRM
CL Graphics Chase Bank
The Alford Group  
 Pierce Family Charitable Foundation Keystone Alliance
Careers in Nonprofits Gallagher Religious and Nonprofit Practice Group
First Nonprofit Insurance Company MB financial
Great American Insurance Group Active Network
pwc Lumity
UBS  Chicago Non-Profit
 Gretchen Hasse Video  DonorPath
 Advocate Christ Medical Center Hope Children's Hospital

Curtis Jones and Paula Banks-Jones

Law Offices of Kathryn M. Vanden Berk, PC

David L. Bea & Associates