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Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management

Strengthening Leaders. Developing Communities.

The mission of the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at North Park University is to enhance performance and effectiveness of individuals and organizations in the nonprofit sector through education, service, and resources. Our vision is to help build vibrant communities in Chicago and beyond through strengthening nonprofit leadership.

BootCamp For New Nonprofit CEOs

Leading an organization, engaging stakeholders, raising funds, and managing staff can be challenging. Join us for this opportunity to invest in your professional growth led by accomplished experts.

The application period for the next BootCamp for New Nonprofit CEOs (August 3 – 5, 2022) will open in February 2022.

About Bootcamp

Professional Development Workshops and Webinars

The Axelson Center offers a series of workshops and webinars, providing you with an opportunity to connect with knowledgeable experts and network with colleagues from across the sector.

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2022 Nonprofit Conference

October 13, 2022

More information coming soon.

About the 2021 Conference

Nonprofit Management Awards

The Axelson Center Nonprofit Management Awards are returning in 2022! Links to online applications for the Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence and the Excellent Emerging Organization Award are below. Applications for both awards are due by 5 pm on March 9, 2022.

2020 Award Winners!  About the Awards

Alford-Axelson Award

Emerging Organization Award

Custom Training

The goal of the custom training program is to assess organizational challenge(s) and provide appropriate professional development that gives participants the knowledge and skills to address those challenges.

about Custom Training

Hallmarks of Nonprofit Managerial Excellence

The seven Hallmarks of Nonprofit Managerial Excellence℠ are the essential elements of a successful nonprofit organization. When implemented, the Hallmarks will help move an organization forward on the path of mission fulfillment and better position it for long-term sustainability.

about the Hallmarks

More About the Axelson Center

Learn more about the history and values that have established the Axelson Center as the source for informative and engaging nonprofit professional development in the Chicago region.

Our History   Our Mission

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