Professional Development

 

Workshops, Virtual Trainings, and Webinars

Upcoming Workshops 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.

To receive the latest information about workshops, virtual trainings and webinars via email, subscribe 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 offerings below.

ONLINE TRAINING

Taking Patriarchy Out of Board of Director Governance

Explore how patriarchy and white supremacy are embedded within nonprofit governance as it relates to selection of leadership and staff, budget authorization, and leveraging personal and professional networks and assets. Learn tools to address patriarchy and white supremacy within board of director governance.

Presented by Nicole Jeanine Johnson, Race & Equity Specialist, Trainer, and Impact Strategist at The Aya Group, LLC

June 16, 2021
10:00 –11:30 am

$25

ONLINE TRAINING

Leading for Outcomes: How to Create a High-Performing Team

Steve Jobs says “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do. We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” Leading for Outcomes is an informative session on how to use your most valuable resource, people, to drive business imperatives. Join us to learn (and practice!) tools you can use to develop a mutual understanding of high performance with your team; create a culture of critical, ongoing performance feedback; and keep employees engaged.

Presented by Terri Wilkerson, Director of Housing, New Moms

June 23, 2021
10:00 –11:30 am

$25

ONLINE TRAINING

Re-Envisioning Strategic Planning

Does the traditional model of developing a 3 to 5-year strategic plan still work for nonprofit organizations? This session is an invitation to think differently about the traditional strategic planning process. Learn how building a strategic framework can become one of your organization’s internal core competencies.

Presented by Kristin Patton, Founder, Ensemble Consulting and Logan Jones, Associate Facilitator of Ensemble Consulting and Managing Director of About Face Theatre

June 30, 2021
10 – 11:30 am

$25

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

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.

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’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.

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.

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Equity and Governance: Rethinking Best Practices

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Journey to Conscious Inclusion: Understanding, Challenging and Managing Bias and Microinequities

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Digging Deeper into Digital Marketing for Mission Impact

Axelson Access Event: Nonprofits and the Future of Chicago

Understanding Full Costs of Programs

Fundraising 101

Honest Conversations About Leading

Storytelling for Nonprofit Leaders: Connecting the Personal to the Professional

Understanding Your Form 990

Questions?

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