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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 network 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.

Registration will open for our Fall 2016 workshop series in August. You may download a copy of our Spring 2016 series calendar or see below for more information about our prior workshop offerings. Information about registration rates, payment options, and our cancellation policy can be found at the end of the page.

Workshops offered in the Spring 2016 series:

The Social Innovator's Toolkit
Presented by George Aye and Sara Aye, Co-Founders and Principals, Greater Good Studio

Beyond the Gopher: Creating a Win-Win Volunteer Internship Program at Your Organization

Presented by Sandee Kastrul, President & Co-Founder, i.c. stars

Making Your Special Event Special Again

Presented by Dianne Kleber, Director of Sales, Gesture

Making the Most of Your Data

Presented by Andrew Means, M.P.P., Co-Founder, The Impact Lab

Unlocking Board Power & Potential
Presented by Nancy Ronquillo, M.A., President & CEO, Children's Home + Aid

Strategies for Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
Presented by Doug Pedersen, CEO, Careers In Nonprofits

Best Practices in Junior and Associate Boards

Presented by Lauren King and Warren Yates, Co-Founders, All A-Board Alliance

Marketing Plan Brush-Up
Presented by Jacqueline Babb, M.S., CNP, Lecturer, School of Business and Nonprofit Management at North Park University and Nonprofit Marketing Consultant

Building Sustainable Budgets: Empowering Staff and Engaging Board Members

Presented by Andreason L. Brown, M.N.M., Chief Financial Officer, Forefront

Effective Partnership with Your Organizational Peers
Presented by Mirja Hanson, Ed.D., and Thomas Lenz, M.U.P.P., Senior Consultants, Millennia Consulting LLC

Risk and Nonprofits — What We Are Learning from the School of Hard Knocks

Presented by Peter A. Persuitti, Managing Director, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.'s Global Nonprofit Practice

Past workshop series offerings:

Fall 2014 Workshops

Spring 2015 Workshops

Fall 2015 Workshops

Workshop Logistics: Locations, Fees, Discounts, Cancellation Policies

How to Register

Register online by clicking the workshop links above. You may register for more than one workshop in a single transaction. To pay by check, complete this registration form. Please make your check payable to North Park University and mail to:

Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management
3225 W Foster Ave, Box 4
Chicago, IL 60625

Please note: 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. Specific session location information for each workshop is sent via email to registrants.

Workshop Fees

The following fees apply for workshops unless otherwise stated:
  • Half-Day Workshops: $90 (includes beverages and course materials)

20% Discount Available for in-person workshops

  • Forefront (formally known as 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 undergraduate and graduate students from any college or university
  • Individuals with 5 years or less experience in the nonprofit sector

Payment Options

All workshop 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 Manual 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.  


Contact the Axelson Center via email or at (773) 244-6284.

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