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Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management

Professional Development Workshops

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

To receive the latest information about workshops via email, please click here. Information about registration rates, payment options, and our cancellation policy can be found at the end of the page. Also, you can find information about our prior workshop offerings below.

Creating a Culture of Communication (FREE)
Friday, February 23, 2018
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Networking and Coffee
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.- Workshop
Presented by Cori Moschberger, LCSW, MSW, Counselor and Organizational Development Consultant and Pier Rogers, PhD, Director, Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management, North Park University

Mergers as a Strategy for Success
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Networking and Coffee
9:00 a.m. – Noon – Workshop
Presented by Mary Anderson, JD, MS, Managing Director, Mission + Strategy Consulting, Inc., and Jean Butzen, President and Founder, Mission + Strategy Consulting, Inc.

Design a Successful Planned Giving Program
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Networking and Coffee
9:00 a.m. – Noon – Workshop
Presented by Robert Shafis, JD, Territorial Director of Planned Giving, The Salvation Army, Central Territory

Telling Your Story and Making the Ask: Connect the Dots
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Networking and Coffee
9:00 a.m. – Noon – Workshop
Presented by Mary Morten, President, Morten Group LLC

Activate Your Strengths, Elevate Your Organization
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Networking and Coffee
9:00 a.m. – Noon – Workshop
Presented by Monika Black, PhD, Co-Founder and Chief Strategist, TandemSpring

Preparing for Your Year End Audit (FREE)
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Networking and Coffee
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Workshop
Presented by Jim Quaid, CPA, Director, Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams, Ltd. (ORBA) and Harry Fox, CPA, Manager at Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams, Ltd. (ORBA)

Previous sessions offered this fall:

Gearing Up for #GivingTuesday (FREE)
Presented by Sarah Barnes, MBA, Director, Marketing and Business Development and Kelsey Nelson, MA, Associate Consultant, Campbell & Company

More Efficient, More Effective: Getting More Done in the Same Amount of Time
Presented by Gretchen Slusser, President, thredpartners

From Burden to Benefit: Boards as Partners through Turbulent Times
Presented by Roslind Blasingame-Buford, EdD, President and CEO, LINK Unlimited Scholars

Investing in Millennial Talent
Presented by Sandee Kastrul, President and Co-founder, i.c. stars

Demystifying Donor Advised Funds (FREE)
Presented by Jacob M. Drescher, MBA, Financial Adviser, Cooper Meyer Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

More than a Grant: Cultivating Relationships with Foundations
Presented by Claudette G. Baker, President, Claudette G. Baker & Associates, Inc.

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.

Event Locations

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.

Workshop Fees

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

Payment Options

All workshop registration will be processed online through the Axelson Center’sNeonCRM 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.

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.

Spring 2017 series

The Essential Guide to Real Estate for Your Nonprofit (FREE)
Presented by Tim Ryan, MBA, President, Managing Broker, Monarch Realty

Building on Team Strengths for Organizational Success
Presented by Monika Black, PhD, Co-founder, Chief Strategist, TandemSpring

Planned Giving Primer
Presented by Robert Shafis, JD, Director of Major and Planned Gifts, Field Museum

Beyond Show and Tell: Connecting with Funders for a Meaningful Site Visit
Presented by Frank Baiocchi, MA, Senior Program Officer, Polk Bros. Foundation

The Journey to High Performance
Presented by Debra B. Natenshon, MS, Founder and Chief Consultant, DBN & Associates, L3C

Program Evaluation Doesn’t Have to be a Monkey Wrench
Presented by Salvatore Alaimo, PhD, Associate Professor, Grand Valley State University

The Three G’s of Board Service: Give, Get or Get Off
Presented by Mary Morten, President and Principal Consultant, Morten Group

Understanding Your Form 990 (FREE)
Presented by Jim Quaid, CPA, Director and Tanya Gierut, CPA, Tax Professional, ORBA

Fall 2016 Workshop Series

Ensure Organizational Leadership: Succession Planning for All
Presented by Tom VandenBerk, CEO Emeritus, UCAN

Fearless Fundraising With Your Board: Building Relationships That Last!
Presented by Mary Morten, President and Principal Consultant, Morten Group

Federal Funding 101: Demystifying Your Search in a Changing Landscape
Presented by Deidra Somerville, MSW, CFRE, Director of Research and Sponsored Programs, Roosevelt University

Gearing Up for #Giving Tuesday
Presented by Caitlin Bristow, JD, Consultant, Campbell & Company

Making Waves as a Thought Leader
Presented by Susy Schultz, President, Public Narrative

Partnering for Success: How to Effectively Engage Nonprofit Consulting Services
Presented by Heather Greenwell, Vice President of Consulting, Executive Service Corps of Chicago (ESC)

Together We Are Stronger: A Real Solution to Complex Problems
Presented by Gretchen Slusser, President, thredpartners and Joseph Mole, MSW, (Former) Executive Director, Emmaus House

What’s Next? Unlock the Potential of a Career Map
Presented by Shannon Deamer, MA, Managing Director, Careers In Nonprofits, Chicago and Atlanta

When Volunteers are More Valuable than Money
Presented by Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald, Chief External Relations Officer, Taproot Foundation

Past Workshop Series Offerings

Fall 2014 Workshops

Spring 2015 Workshops

Fall 2015 Workshops

Spring 2016 Workshops


Contact the Axelson Center via email or at (773) 244-6284.