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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.

Registration is now open for our Spring 2016 workshop series. Download a copy of the calendar today. Information about registration rates, payment options, and our cancellation policy can be found at the end of the page.

Spring 2016 Workshops

Wednesday, January 27, 9:00 am – Noon

The Social Innovator's Toolkit (Free workshop, RSVP required)
Presented by George Aye and Sara Aye, Co-Founders and Principals, Greater Good Studio

Wednesday, February 3, 9:00 am – Noon

Beyond the Gopher: Creating a Win-Win Volunteer Internship Program at Your Organization
Presented by Sandee Kastrul, President & Co-Founder, i.c. stars

Wednesday, February 10, 9:00 – 11 am

Making Your Special Event Special Again (Free workshop, RSVP required)
Presented by Dianne Kleber, Director of Sales, Gesture

Wednesday, February 17, 9:00 am – Noon
Making the Most of Your Data

Presented by Andrew Means, M.P.P., Co-Founder, The Impact Lab

Wednesday, February 24, 9:00 am – Noon
Unlocking Board Power & Potential
Presented by Nancy Ronquillo, M.A., President & CEO, Children's Home + Aid

Wednesday, March 2, 9:00 am – Noon
Strategies for Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
Presented by Doug Pedersen, CEO, Careers In Nonprofits

Wednesday, March 9, 9:00 am – Noon
Best Practices in Junior and Associate Boards
Presented by Lauren King and Warren Yates, Co-Founders, All A-Board Alliance

Wednesday, March 16, 9:00 am – Noon
Marketing Plan Brush-Up
Presented by Jacqueline Babb, M.S., CNP, Lecturer, School of Business and Nonprofit Management at North Park University and Nonprofit Marketing Consultant

Wednesday, March 30, 9:00 am – Noon

Building Sustainable Budgets: Empowering Staff and Engaging Board Members
Presented by Andreason L. Brown, M.N.M., Chief Financial Officer, Forefront

Wednesday, April 6, 9:00 am – Noon
Effective Partnership with Your Organizational Peers
Presented by Mirja Hanson, Ed.D., and Thomas Lenz, M.U.P.P., Senior Consultants, Millennia Consulting LLC

Wednesday, April 13, 9:00 – 11 am

Risk and Nonprofits — What We Are Learning from the School of Hard Knocks (Free workshop, RSVP required)
Presented by Peter A. Persuitti, Managing Director, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.'s Global Nonprofit Practice


Workshops Offered Earlier This Season:

Fall 2014 Workshops

Spring 2015 Workshops

Fall 2015 Workshops

Workshop Logistics: Locations, Fees, Discounts, Cancellation Policies

How to Register

Register online by clicking the workshop links above. 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

All workshops take place on North Park University's campus, located near West Foster and North Kedzie Avenues in Chicago. 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.  


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

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