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Professional Development Workshops

The Axelson Center offers a series of workshops and webinars 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 and webinars will re-energize you and prepare you to meet the nonprofit management challenges ahead of you.

Our fall schedule is listed below and registration is now open. Download the workshop 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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Nonprofit Website Management for Busy People

Wednesday, November 12, Noon–1:00 pm CST
Yesenia Sotelo, Founder, SmartCause Digital
Who Should Participate: Anyone who is responsible for creating or managing their organization’s website

Keeping Your Church on the Right Side of the IRS (Archive)

Presenter: Richard Hammar, JD, CPA, Senior Editor of Christianity Today

Archive available for purchase. Contact us for more details.




True Stories: Using Narratives to Market Your Organization and its Programs

Wednesday, November 5, 9:00 am–Noon
Tom Bracy, MBA, Executive Director, Merit School of Music and Libby Duncan; Marketing Communications Manager, Merit School of Music
Who Should Participate: Marketing communications and fundraising staff

Stewardship Strategies for Donor Retention

Wednesday, November 19, 9:00 am–Noon
: Paul Amundsen, MNA, CFRE, Senior Director of Development and Charitable Programs, Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Who Should Participate: Development staff with at least two years of experience; fundraising volunteers at any experience level


Online Crowdfunding: Essential or Experimental?

Wednesday, December 3, 9:00 am–Noon
Regin Igloria, MFA, Artist and Educator
Who Should Participate: Fundraising or program staff who are considering online crowdfunding campaigns 

Making the Right Hire the First Time

Free Workshop: RSVP Required
Wednesday, December 10, 9:00–11:00 am
Shannon Deamer, MA, Senior Manager, Chicago branch of Careers In Nonprofits

Who Should Participate: Anyone involved in the hiring process


Recent Workshops

Workshop Logistics: Locations, Fees, Discounts, Cancellation Policies

How to Register

Online registration is now available.  Click the above workshop titles to be taken to the registration site.  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. Webinars take place online using GoTo Webinar.

Workshop and Webinar Fees

The following fees apply for 2014 fall workshops unless otherwise stated:

  • Full-Day Workshops: $170 (includes lunch and course materials)
  • Half-Day Workshops: $90 (includes beverages and course materials)
  • Webinars: $20 each, or 3 attendees for $50

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 North Park University students (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Individuals with 5 years or fewer of experience in the nonprofit sector

Payment Options

All workshop and webinar 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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