Professional Development Workshops, Virtual Trainings and Webinars
The Axelson Center offers workshops, virtual trainings and webinars, providing you with an opportunity to connect with knowledgeable experts and network 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, virtual trainings and webinars will re-energize you and prepare you to meet the nonprofit management challenges ahead of you.
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The demands of an experienced executive director can feel overwhelming. The board of directors, clients, staff, funders—all your stakeholders require something different of you. Sometimes, it might feel as if you are the conductor, composer, producer, and instrumentalist of your organization’s symphony–all at the same time! How can you avoid burnout and ensure healthy rhythms for your organization?
In this series of three virtual trainings for experienced executive directors,* we will explore what it takes to re-energize yourself as a leader; learn and manage your organization’s radar in the face of uncertainty; and gracefully direct your organization through inevitable change.
Be prepared to collaborate and share with your experienced executive director peers in this cohort-based learning program.
(*Minimum of 7 years’ experience)
Three Webinars $75 (Early Bird of $60 good through February 26, 2021)
PART 1: Beyond Burnout, Re-igniting Your Creative Spark; Wednesday, March 3, 2021 – 10:00am-11:30am, Presented by Sandee Kastrul, President and Co-founder, i.c. stars
PART 2: Embracing Uncertainty: How to Lead Across the Organizational Life Cycle; Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – 10:00am-11:30am; Presented by Steve Casey, Associate Director in Grants Management for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
PART 3: Championing Change: Tools for Executive Directors to Manage Change, Wednesday, March 24, 2021 – 10:00am-11:30am; Presented by Laura Zumdahl, President and CEO, New Moms
Is Your Job Search Plan Pandemic Proof: Navigating Today’s Job Market
Career Mapping in Uncertain Times
The State of Nonprofits 2021
Digital Branding 101
Is Your Nonprofit Grant and Fundraising-Ready?
From Moments to Movements: Racial Justice for Nonprofits
Strengthen Your Core: Essential Practices for Small Nonprofits
Self-Care for Nonprofit Leaders
The Essentials of Major Gifts: Trends, Prospecting, Planning and Solicitation
Activate Your Strengths, Elevate Your Organization
Optimizing the Three T’s of Your Governing Board: Time, Talent and Treasure
Equity and Governance: Rethinking Best Practices
How to Use Your Newsletter to Strengthen Relationships (Free)
Journey to Conscious Inclusion: Understanding, Challenging and Managing Bias and Microinequities
Grant Writing for Beginners: Research, Approach, Write
Best Practices in Junior and Associate Boards
Digging Deeper into Digital Marketing for Mission Impact
Axelson Access Event: Nonprofits and the Future of Chicago
Understanding Full Costs of Programs
Honest Conversations About Leading
Storytelling for Nonprofit Leaders: Connecting the Personal to the Professional
Understanding Your Form 990
You may register for more than one workshop in a single transaction. To pay by check, complete this registration form. Please make your check payable to North Park University and mail to:
Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management
3225 W Foster Ave, Box 4
Chicago, IL 60625
Please note: Day-of registration is not permitted.
Most workshops take place on North Park University’s campus, located near West Foster and North Kedzie Avenues in Chicago, unless otherwise noted. Specific session location information for each workshop is sent via email to registrants.
The following fees apply for workshops unless otherwise stated:
- Half-Day Workshops: $90 (includes beverages and course materials)
20% Discount available for in-person workshops
- Forefront (formally known as 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 undergraduate and graduate students from any college or university
- Individuals with 5 years or less experience in the nonprofit sector
All workshop 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 Manual 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.
(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) 244-6284.