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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 Fall 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.

Fall 2015 Workshops

Wednesday, November 11, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

To Scale or Not to Scale: Determining the Logical Next Step at Your Organization
Presented by Dr. Roslind Blasingame-Buford, President & CEO, LINK Unlimited Scholars

Wednesday, November 18, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Making the Connection: Strategy and Talent Retention
Presented by Heather Carpenter, PhD

Wednesday, December 2, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Celebrating Your Milestone Anniversary: Inventive Ways to Increase Visibility and Impact
Presented by Elizabeth Dunlop Richter, President, The Richter Group

Wednesday, December 9, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

More Than a Grant: Cultivating Relationships with Foundations
Presented by Claudette G. Baker, President, Claudette G. Baker & Associates

Workshops Offered Earlier This Season:

Gearing Up for #GivingTuesday
Presented by Marlee Honcoop, Member Services Coordinator, Donors Forum and Caitlin Murdoch, JD, Associate Consultant, Campbell & Company

Optimizing the 3 T's of Your Governing Board: Time, Talent and Treasure

Presented by Mike Christ and Mike Snipes, Consultants, Executive Service Corps of Chicago

Staying Connected: Managing Your Organization's Social Media Presence

Presented by Yesenia Sotelo, Founder, SmartCause Digital

Is Your Organization Ready for a Capital Campaign?

Presented by Katelyn Martin, Associate Consultant, Campbell & Company

Creating a Culture of Storytelling

Presented by Mary Morten, President and Principal Consultant and Vince Pagan, Morten Group

Sustainability in the Midst of Budget Cuts

Presented by Steven Casey, MBA, Manager, Grants and Budget, John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Shake it Up: Responding Proactively to Environmental Changes
Presented by Maria Kim, MBA, President & CEO, The Cara Program

Project Management 2.0

Presented by Gretchen Slusser, Executive Director, Cabrini Green Legal Aid


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. 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

  • 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 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. 

Spring 2015 Workshops

Click on the workshop titles below to read about the sessions we offered this past spring.

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