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Professional Development Workshops

The Axelson Center offers a series of workshops each fall and spring, providing you with an opportunity to connect with knowledgeable experts and networking with colleagues from across the sector. Whether you’re a program manager at an arts organization, a financial manager at a social services organization, an executive director at an education-based nonprofit, a fundraising director at a transportation advocacy organization, or you wear all of these hats on a daily basis, the Axelson Center’s workshops will re-energize you and prepare you to meet the nonprofit management challenges ahead of you.

Our final workshop of 2014 is December 10. Spring 2015 workshops begin January 28 and registration will go live by December 15. Information about registration rates, payment options and our cancellation policy can be found at the end of the page.

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Webinar Archives

Nonprofit Website Management for Busy People (Archive)

Presenter: Yesenia Sotelo, Founder, SmartCause Digital
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Keeping Your Church on the Right Side of the IRS (Archive)

Presenter: Richard Hammar, JD, CPA, Senior Editor of Christianity Today

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2014 Workshops

December

Making the Right Hire the First Time

Free Workshop: RSVP Required
Wednesday, December 10, 9:00–11:00 am
Presenter:
Shannon Deamer, MA, Senior Manager, Chicago branch of Careers In Nonprofits

Who Should Participate: Anyone involved in the hiring process

"Online Crowdfunding: Essential or Experimental?" has been cancelled.

2015 Workshops

January

There's No Place Like Home: Finding New Real Estate for Your Organization
Free Workshop: RSVP Required
Wednesday, January 28, 9:00–11:00 am
Presenter: Barbara Ellis-Racic, Senior Vice President, Corporate Real Estate Solutions
Who Should Participate: Anyone seeking knowledge of the real estate landscape for nonprofits

February

Creating Brand & Message Consistency From the Inside Out
Wednesday, February 4, 9am-Noon
Presenter:
Malayna Evans Williams, PhD, Managing Partner, PWR New Media
Who Should Participate:
Marketing, communications and fundraising staff

Stewardship Thinking: Ensuring the Future of Your Organization
Wednesday, February 11, 9am-Noon
Presenter:
Amina J. Dickerson, MA, President, Dickerson Global Advisors, LLC
Who Should Participate: Executive directors and management staff

Planned Giving BootCamp

Wednesday, February 18, 9am-Noon
Presenter:
Alexander (Sandy) Macnab, MEd, FAHP, CFRE, President, Alexander Macnab & Co. of Chicago and Adjunct Professor, School of Business and Nonprofit Management, North Park University
Who Should Participate:
Executive directors and fundraising staff

New Neighbors, New Nonprofit? Alignment When External Changes Affect Your Organization
Wednesday, February 25, 9am-Noon
Presenter:
Joel Hamernick, MS, Executive Director, Sunshine Gospel Ministries
Who Should Participate:
Executive directors, fundraising and program staff

March

Managing Across Generations: A Diversity Paradigm
Wednesday, March 4, 9am-Noon
Presenter:
Renée Joiner, MBA, Vice President of Human Resources, ChildServ
Who Should Participate: Executive directors and supervisory staff

Metrics that Matter: Measuring, Monitoring and Benchmarking
Wednesday, March 11, 9am-Noon
Presenter:
Laura Zumdahl, PhD, President & Chief Executive Officer, New Moms, Inc.
Who Should Participate:
Anyone responsible for data measurement, collection and analysis

Mergers: Making Heads or Tails of What it Could Mean for Your Nonprofit
Wednesday, March 18, 9am-Noon
Presenters:
Gretchen Slusser, Executive Director, Cabrini Green Legal Aid and Mary Morten, Former Executive Director, Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM)
Who Should Participate:
Executive directors and management staff

Navigating Your Way Through Conflict
Wednesday, March 25, 9am-Noon
Presenter:
Susan M. Yates, Executive Director, Resolution Systems Institute
Who Should Participate:
Anyone looking for greater success when conflicts arises

April

Major Gifts: Your Road Map to Cultivate and Secure Larger Gifts
Wednesday, April 1, 9am-Noon
Presenter:
Mary Morten, President, Morten Group
Who Should Participate:
Executive directors and fundraising staff

Valuing the Knowledge of How Things Get Done
Wednesday, April 8, 9am-Noon
Presenter: Pamela Mitchell-Boyd, AM, Senior Consultant, Organizational Effectiveness, Presence Health
Who Should Participate: Executive directors and individuals responsible for training staff

Diversifying Your Funding Model
Wednesday, April 15, 9am-Noon
Presenter:
Roslind Blasingame-Buford, EdD, Executive Director, BUILD, Inc.
Who Should Participate: Executive directors and fundraising staff

Understanding Your Form 990
Free Workshop: RSVP Required
Wednesday, April 15, 9am-Noon
Presenter: James G. Quaid, CPA, Director, Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams, Ltd. (ORBA)
Who Should Participate: Anyone interested in increasing their comprehension about the IRS

Workshop Logistics: Locations, Fees, Discounts, Cancellation Policies

How to Register

Online registration will be available by December 15. To pay by check, please complete the registration form below.  Day of registration is not permitted.

Event Locations

All workshops take place on North Park University's campus, located near West Foster and North Kedzie avenues in Chicago. Webinars take place online using GoTo Webinar.

Workshop Fees

The following fees apply for 2015 workshops unless otherwise stated:

  • Half-Day Workshops: $90 (includes beverages and course materials)

20% Discount Available for in-person workshops

  • Donors Forum associates (Individuals who are employed or volunteer with a tax exempt organization; independent consultants, consulting firms and grant making organizations are ineligible for this discount.)
  • Individuals from tax exempt organizations with an annual operating budget less than $1 million
  • Current undergrad and graduate students
  • Individuals with 5 years or fewer of experience in the nonprofit sector

Payment Options

All workshop and webinar registration will be processed online through the Axelson Center's NeonCRM system.  Payments will be processed through PayPal and appear on your statement as PAYPAL* NPU AXELSON or Paypal*NPU Axelson.

Registrations using check payments cannot be indicated online at this time.  Please complete the Axelson Center's registration form (a fillable PDF) and return to the Axelson Center via mail or e-mail to register by check.  Checks should be made payable to North Park University.

Cancellation Policy (last updated 7/31/14)

The Axelson Center reserves the right to cancel any workshop. Should the Axelson Center cancel, registrants will receive a full refund.

Registrants choosing to cancel their workshop registration will receive a refund minus a $15 administrative fee. Notice of cancellation must be received by the Axelson Center at least five working days prior to the workshop. We regret that no refunds can be made after that date under any circumstances. Registration payments may not be transferred to a different event.  

Questions?

Contact the Axelson Center via email or at (773) 244-5799.

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