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.
Previous Workshops This Spring:
Goal-Setting for Successful Events
Presented by Melissa Lagowski, President and Founder, Big Buzz Idea Group
Nonprofit Finance 101
Presented by Andreason Brown, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Spencer Foundation
Make Data Work for You: Becoming a Data-Driven Fundraiser
Presented by Sharon Tiknis, Executive Vice President, East Division Manager, The Alford Group
Design Thinking: A Solution-Based Approach for Strategic Planning
Presented by Jennifer Madden, PhD, MNO, Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing and Director of the Master (MSc) of Business Design and Innovation program at Carthage College; President, Leverage Point Development
Staff Management for New Supervisors
Presented by Michelle Aronson, MBA, Adjunct Professor, North Park University School of Business and Nonprofit Management
Metrics That Matter: Measuring, Monitoring and Benchmarking
Presented by Laura Zumdahl, PhD, President and CEO, New Moms
Finances, Strategies and Governing Boards FREE
Presented by Gretchen Upholt, MPA, Senior Consultant, FMA
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.