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, or an executive director at an education-based nonprofit, 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.
Our programs are rooted in the Axelson Center’s seven Hallmarks of Nonprofit Managerial Excellence℠ — the essential elements of a successful nonprofit organization. When implemented, the Hallmarks will help move an organization forward on the path of mission fulfillment and better position it for long-term sustainability.
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Ten Trends in the Economy Impacting Nonprofits
In our Axelson Access sessions, experts engage the big questions that inform and structure your work as a nonprofit leader. This session offers an opportunity to address questions you have about our current economic landscape and what it means for the nonprofit sector in 2022. Join us to engage questions like: What does inflation mean for your organization’s financial strategy? What are the larger trends within the “Great Resignation”? How might supply chain disruptions impact your business model?
Presented by Paul Hawkinson, Associate Professor of Finance & Strategy, North Park University
Building a Stronger Board: Series Overview
In this session, learn about the role and responsibilities of nonprofit boards. At the end of the overview, presenters from each of the topic-specific workshops that follow will give a brief introduction to their session.
Presented by Suzanne Griffith, Founder and Managing Principal, VEGA Partners LLC
Building a Stronger Board: Board Versus Management Responsibilities
The board of directors and the chief executive of a nonprofit share leadership of the organization. This diffuse leadership structure builds accountability and sustainability into the leadership model of nonprofits, but sometimes these roles overlap. In this session, we’ll explore the lines of responsibility between CEO and board and provide insights on maintaining a healthy balance.
Presented by Rob Acton, Founder & CEO, Cause Strategy Partners, BoardLead, and BoardLearn Partners LLC
Building a Stronger Board: Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Board
This workshop will explore the value and importance of recruiting and retaining a diverse group of board of directors. Attendees will leave with a rough sketch of a recruitment plan for new board members.
Presented by Janine Hill, PhD, MPH, ACC, President of Soar Strategies
Building a Stronger Board: 6 Things to Boost Your Board’s Performance
Most boards are mediocre, many others are failing the organization and its mission completely. It shouldn’t be that way. There are several high-impact strategies that nonprofit executives and board leaders can immediately deploy to boost the performance–and overall impact–of their board of directors.
Presented by Robert B. Acton, JD; Founder & CEO, Cause Strategy Partners, BoardLead, and BoardLearn
Building a Stronger Board: Fundraising
In this session we will discuss how to engage your board in fundraising, establishing expectations of your board and creating accountability.
Presented by Anedra Kerr, Senior Consulting Associate at Morten Group
Building a Stronger Board: Carrying on in a Crisis
Crises are moments when nonprofit organizations need their boards to step up and show up more than ever. This session will examine how boards can show up during a crisis to help a nonprofit organization navigate to smoother waters. It’ll cover both proactive and reactive strategies for crises nonprofits may face.
Presented by Laura Zumdahl Ph.D, President and CEO of New Moms
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.
Creating Well Crafted Appeals and Engaging Your Annual Fund Donors
Growing Your Digital Fundraising Audience
Rethinking Nonprofit Events Post-Pandemic
Building Bridges Across Generations and Cultures: Women in Leadership
Budgeting and True Costs
Managing Change and Motivation: A Three-Part Series for Seasoned Executive Directors
Is Your Job Search Plan Pandemic Proof: Navigating Today’s Job Market
Career Mapping in Uncertain Times
The State of Nonprofits 2021
Leading Through Joy!
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
Summer 2020 and prior
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
Contact the Axelson Center via email or at (773) 244-6284.