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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.

Registration is now open for our 2015 workshop series. Download a copy of the calendar today. Information about registration rates, payment options and our cancellation policy can be found at the end of the page.

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2015 Workshops


Major Gifts: Your Road Map to Cultivate and Secure Larger Gifts
Wednesday, April 1, 9am-Noon
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
Roslind Blasingame-Buford, EdD, President, LINK Unlimited Scholars
Who Should Participate: Executive directors and fundraising staff

Understanding Your Form 990
Free Workshop: RSVP Required
Wednesday, April 22, 9-11am
Presenter: James G. Quaid, CPA, Director, Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams, Ltd. (ORBA)
Who Should Participate: Anyone interested in increasing their comprehension about the IRS

Workshops offered earlier this season

There's No Place Like Home: Finding New Real Estate for Your Organization
Creating Brand & Message Consistency From the Inside Out
Stewardship Thinking: Ensuring the Future of Your Organization
Planned Giving BootCamp
Managing Across Generations: A Diversity Paradigm
Metrics that Matter: Measuring, Monitoring and Benchmarking
Mergers: Making Heads or Tails of What it Could Mean for Your Nonprofit
Navigating Your Way Through Conflict

Workshop Logistics: Locations, Fees, Discounts, Cancellation Policies

How to Register

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.

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 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.  


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

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