Next Practices Symposium

2014 Annual Symposium for Nonprofit Professionals and Volunteers

Celebrating 15 years as the Midwest’s largest nonprofit management conference.

Best practices are critical to nonprofit management, but savvy nonprofit leaders also keep their eyes on the horizon. Join the Axelson Center for its 15th Annual Symposium as we explore Next Practices: a forward-looking management approach that will keep your organization responsive and strong.

Peter BuffettFor this landmark event, we're bringing you powerful, thought-provoking content on a variety of topics.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • A keynote concert and conversation with philanthropist and NoVo Foundation Co-Chair Peter Buffett, son of Warren Buffett.
  • Symposium programs focused on next practices in:
    Cultivating Resources

    Civic Engagement
    Broadening Your Reach
    Entrepreneurial Solutions
    Organizational Health & Sustainability
  • A day-long Pre-Conference, "Human Capital", that will show you how to leverage your most valuable people resources: your staff, volunteers and stakeholders.
  • Our annual awards luncheon, where we'll announce the 2014 winners of the Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence and the Excellent Emerging Organization Award.
  • An amazing lineup of more than 55 speakers across the two day event.

Click the Register button to review the complete programming schedule, speaker lineup and to join us today!

 The Axelson Center's 15th anniversary programming is supported by a grant from The Chicago Community Trust.


Event Overview

June 2-3, 2014

Pre-Conference Institute: Monday, June 2

Symposium and Resource Fair: Tuesday, June 3

Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E Upper Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60601

Register Today!

Early Bird Rates ended Friday, April 4

$399     2 Day Registration: Includes Preconference and Symposium
$269     Symposium Day
$199     Pre-conference Day

Standard Rates (April 5-May 28)

$449     2 Day Registration: Includes Pre-conference and Symposium
$319     Symposium Day
$229     Pre-conference Day

Opportunities: Sponsorship & Engagement

Does your business serve the nonprofit sector? Consider symposium sponsorship! It's an excellent opportunity to get your brand in front of decision-makers at the largest nonprofit management conference in the Midwest. Contact us at axelson@northpark.edu for more information about sponsorship, including custom packages.


2014 Major Sponsors

Covenant Ministries of Benevolence
Fifth Third Bank Nonprofit HR Solutions

2014 Sponsors

Alliance of Nonprofits for Insurance
Bea & VandenBerk Logo Harris Bank
 Careers in Nonprofits Chase Bank
CL Graphics
 Neon CRM
 Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Hyatt Logo

Lumity MB financial

pwc Pierce Family Foundation

Curtis Jones and Paula Banks-Jones


2014 Media Engagement Sponsor

Community Media Workshop Logo