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 on August 29. To receive the latest information about workshops via email, please click here. 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 Fall 2016 series:
Gearing Up for #GivingTuesday
September 14, 2016 from 9:00–11:00 am
Presented by Caitlin Bristow, JD, Consultant, Campbell & Company
Federal Funding 101: Demystifying Your Search in a Changing Landscape
September 28, 2016 from 9:00 am–Noon
Presented by Deidra Somerville, MSW, CFRE, Director of Research and Sponsored Programs, Roosevelt University
Your Strategic Plan and Case Statement: Soul Mates or Intimate Strangers
October 12, 2016 from 9:00 am–Noon
Presented by Doug Diefenbach, Principal, Diefenbach Communications Strategies
Engaging Probono Volunteers
October 19, 2016 from 9:00 am–Noon
Presented by Jenne Myers, Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Cares
Fearless Fundraising With Your Board: Building Relationships That Last!
November 2, 2016 from 9:00 am–Noon
Presented by Mary Morten, President and Principal Consultant, Morten Group
November 9, 2016 from 9:00 am–Noon
Presented by Mary Trujillo, PhD, Professor of Communication Arts, North Park University
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.
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.
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
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