Professional Development Workshops

Inspire. Educate. Connect.

You are unique, but you are not alone. When it comes to nonprofit organizations nothing is typical. Staff, missions, audiences, funding, and programs all vary significantly. Some aspects, however, bind us all together: the desire to serve, to create change, to make a real impact. Through the Axelson Center’s workshop series, we seek to provide the inspiration, the education, and the connections to valuable resources crucial to your success in the nonprofit sector.

Plan for your professional development opportunities today.

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The 2013-2014 webinar series has ended.  Archives are available for $25 per webinar.  Contact us for purchase and access instructions.

What Your Development Director Wants You to Know
Instructor: Mary Morten, President, The Morten Group

Planning for Growth--on a Tight Budget
Instructor: Rob Acton, J.D., Executive Director, Taproot Foundation (NYC)

LinkedIn 101 for Nonprofits
Instructor: Bryan Breckenridge, Head of Nonprofit Solutions, LinkedIn

Please help me understand...my program budget
Instructor: Tim J. O’Brien, Ph.D., Principal, Mutuality Associates, LLC


All workshops take place on North Park University's campus, located near Foster and Kedzie Avenues in Chicago.

Strategic Planning Intensive Parts I & II
Lunch provided for those attending the entire day.
Wednesday, April 16
Part I: Dust off Your Strategic Plan: Making it Relevant and Accessible (9:00am-Noon)
Part II: How to Fund It: Strategic Planning and Sustainability (1:00-4:00pm)
Who Should Attend: Executive Directors, Board Members, Management Staff
Content Level: Advanced
Instructors: Debra Stonikas, M.B.A., CEO, Northpointe Consulting, LLC (Part I) and Tim J. O’Brien, Ph.D., Principal, Mutuality Associates, LLC (Part II)

Beyond the Gopher: Creating a Win-Win Volunteer Internship Program at Your Organization
Wednesday, April 23
9:00 am to Noon
Who Should Attend: Anyone interested in hiring or currently supervising an intern
Instructors: Sandee Kastrul, President and Co-Founder, i.c. stars

Past Workshops

What's Next? Unlock the Potential of a Career Map

The "Game" of Project Management: Skills for Work and Life

Maximizing Your Mission through Marketing

Recharge and Re-energize Your Volunteer Program

Smart Partnerships: Collaboration and Resource Strategies

Program Evaluation 2.0: Measuring Your Mission

Fundraising Institute: Creating Social Change and Raising the Money to Support It

Managing Nonprofits in the 21st Century—A Risk Perspective

Leadership Continuity: The Must-Have Conversation About Succession Planning


Registration Information

Fees (unless otherwise stated):

  • Full-Day Workshops: $160 (includes lunch and course materials)
  • Half-Day Workshops: $80 (includes beverages and course materials)
  • Webinars: $50 (provides access for up to three participants per organization)
  • Webinar Archives: $25 (for current workshop year, webinar link will be provided via dropbox)

Discounts Available:

  • 20% Discount
    • Donors Forum members
    • YNPN members
    • United Way supported agencies
    • Bethany Fund and Retirement Research Foundation grantees
    • Nonprofits with an operating budget of $1 million or less
  • 50% Discount
    • Current North Park University students

Payment Options:

Beginning in Fall 2013, all workshop and webinar registrations will be processed online through the Axelson Center's NeonCRM system. Payments will be processed through PayPal, payable to North Park University.

Registrations using check payments cannot be accepted online at this time. Please complete the Axelson Center's registration form (a fillable PDF) and return to the Axelson Center via mail or email to register by check.

Paid event registrants for on-site workshops will receive an email the week prior to the workshop with information about directions, parking, and room location for their event.


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

Next Steps

Learn more about the Axelson Center's Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Management to advance your career.

Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management