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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 BootCamp application period is now closed. Check back here for information about future BootCamp sessions.

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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2021 Nonprofit Virtual Conference

The Alchemy of Change: Better Nonprofits for Better Communities

May 19, 2021 from 9 am – 2 pm

About the Conference

Nonprofit Management Awards

Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, the Axelson Center is postponing the Alford-Axelson and Excellent Emerging Organization awards programs. We plan to resume the application process in the fall of 2021.

2020 Award Winners!  About the Awards

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.

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