Wesley Lindahl

Professor of Nonprofit Management

Dr. Wesley Lindahl, believes North Park University is committed to developing qualified, thoughtful business leaders grounded in business ethics. He is the former dean of the School of Business and Nonprofit Management.

A North Park graduate, Dr. Lindahl also worked at the University in the early 1980s in an administrative capacity. He came back to work in the expansion of the University’s business programs as North Park was developing a nonprofit program in the late 1990s and he wanted to be a part of that development as the first dean of the School.

“Our undergraduate students in business and economics are exposed to a rich foundation of business topics. With Chicago’s world-class resources at our doorstep, our students are given diverse opportunities to help develop their business and professional skills.”

The graduate programs in the school provide professionals a personalized learning approach unique to graduate education,” says Dr. Lindahl. Small, dynamic classes, plus faculty and staff committed to student success. “Students enjoy the ability to apply the skills and knowledge they learn in class immediately in their work environment,” he adds.

Dr. Lindahl’s own expertise is in the area of nonprofit fundraising, drawing on his 18 years as a development director at a large university, as well as continued scholarship and conference presentations to bring rich experience and current trends to his classrooms. He primarily teaches graduate-level students, encouraging his classes to connect with local organizations for class projects. By bringing in guest speakers working in nonprofit and business, he provides students a great connection to current practice in the field.

Recent Publications

Lindahl,Wesley E., Principles of Fundraising: Theory and Practice. Sudbury, Mass.: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2009.

Lindahl,Wesley E., Nonprofit Fundraising. Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, 2015


Association of Fundraising Professionals (Rockford Chapter) – Talking the Walk Towards Ethical Fundraising, June 16, 2015
ARNOVA 2015 Annual Conference – Social Impact Investing: The Impact of Foundation Funding Cessation on Nonprofit Organizations (A Pilot Study). http://www.arnova.org, November 21, 2015

Popular Courses

Multi-Sector Convergence and Social Responsibility. This is a core course for all graduate programs, but challenges students to explore ways to solve societal problems with a multi-sector approach.