2020 Nonprofit Conference

The Alchemy of Change

Better Nonprofits for Better Communities

May 14, 2020

North Park University

3225 W. Foster Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

For over 20 years, Axelson Center conferences have included superb content, networking opportunities and valuable resource sharing—this year’s conference will be no different! Join us for The Alchemy of Change: Better Nonprofits for Better Communities on May 14th at North Park University.

Gathering 200 nonprofit leaders from across the Midwest, this conference will engage questions of both organizational and structural change, engaging the strategic and systemic realities that structure work of nonprofits in Chicago. The Alchemy of Change will feature six plenary speakers including Mae Hong of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Courtney Williams of the Obama Foundation, Brady Josephson of NextAfter Institute and more.

The conference is organized in three segments: Inspire, Explore, Equip. These  segments will be offered in the morning and again in the afternoon, with separate speakers for each of those times.

  • Inspire: Each of our speakers will give TED-style talks on themed topics: community, leadership, power, equity, innovation, and money.
  • Explore: Attendees will choose breakout sessions where speakers provide a deeper dive into their plenary talk.
  • Equip: Following each Explore talk, a facilitator will guide a 45-minute session to provide participants with tools to develop strategies to engage the topic in their own workplaces and communities.

Additionally, the Axelson Center will present our annual nonprofit management awards—the Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Excellence and the Excellent Emerging Organization Award—at the conference luncheon.

Conference Details

8:00 – 9:00 am Registration and Breakfast
9:00 – 10:15 am Opening Plenaries
10:30 – 11:45 am Breakout Sessions
12:00 – 1:30 pm Awards Luncheon
1:45 – 2:45 pm Afternoon Plenaries
3:00 – 4:15 pm Breakout Sessions

More information coming in early 2020.

To be announced in February 2020!

If you are interested in sponsoring The Alchemy of Change, please fill out this brief form.

Will meals be provided?

Lunch and light refreshments will be provided. They are included in the registration price.

What is the refund policy?

Refunds are available until seven days before the conference begins.

Is parking available?

Yes. Free, on-site parking at North Park University is available.

How do I get to North Park via public transportation?

North Park University is located within walking distance from the Kimball brown line station.

Will WiFi be avaiable?

Free WiFi will be available for attendees.

What is the dress code?

Business casual is appropriate.

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