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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 development 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 fall workshops! We will offer workshops on most Wednesdays, through December 14. We encourage you to check back regularly for updates. To receive the latest information about workshops via email, please click here. Information about registration rates, payment options, and our cancellation policy can be found at the end of the page. Also, you can find information about our prior workshop offerings below.

Workshops Offered in the Fall 2016 series:

Making Waves as a Thought Leader
October 26, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.–Noon
Presented by Susy Schultz, President, Public Narrative

Fearless Fundraising With Your Board: Building Relationships That Last!
November 2, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.–Noon
Presented by Mary Morten, President and Principal Consultant, Morten Group

Pulling Back the Curtain: Transforming Conflict in Your Organization
November 9, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.–Noon
Presented by Mary Adams Trujillo, PhD, Professor of Communication Arts, North Park University

Ensure Organizational Leadership: Succession Planning for All

November 16, 2016 from 9 a.m. - Noon
Presented by Tom VandenBerk, CEO Emeritus, UCAN

When Volunteers are More Valuable than Money
November 30, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.–Noon

Presented by Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald, Chief External Relations Officer, Taproot Foundation

Partnering for Success: How to Effectively Engage Nonprofit Consulting Services
Hosted at Metropolitan Family Services, 1 North Dearborn, 10th Floor, Chicago, IL (Please note new workshop location!)
December 7, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.–Noon
Presented by Heather Greenwell, Vice President of Consulting, Executive Service Corps of Chicago (ESC)

What's Next? Unlock the Potential of a Career Map
FREE Workshop!
December 14, 2016 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Presented by Shannon Deamer, MA, Managing Director, Careers In Nonprofits (CNP)

Workshops offered earlier this fall:

Gearing Up for #GivingTuesday
Presented by Caitlin Bristow, JD, Consultant, Campbell & Company

Federal Funding 101: Demystifying Your Search in a Changing Landscape
Presented by Deidra Somerville, MSW, CFRE, Director of Research and Sponsored Programs, Roosevelt University

Together We Are Stronger: A Real Solution to Complex Problems
Presented by Gretchen Slusser, President, thredpartners and Joseph Mole, MSW, Executive Director, Emmaus House

Your Strategic Plan and Case Statement: Soul Mates or Intimate Strangers?
Presented by Doug Diefenbach, Principal, Diefenbach Communications Strategies

Becoming the Master of Your Fate: Your Personal Brand in the Workplace
Presented by Kevin L. Davis, Associate Director, Enrollment Marketing, 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.

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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