Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management

Strengthening Leaders. Developing Communities.

The mission of the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at North Park University is to enhance performance and effectiveness of individuals and organizations in the nonprofit sector through education, service, and resources. Our vision is to help build vibrant communities in Chicago and beyond through strengthening nonprofit leadership.

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BootCamp For New Nonprofit CEOs

Leading an organization, engaging stakeholders, raising funds, and managing staff can be challenging. Join us for this opportunity to invest in your professional growth led by accomplished experts.

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Professional Development Workshops and Webinars

The Axelson Center offers a series of workshops and webinars, providing you with an opportunity to connect with knowledgeable experts and network with colleagues from across the sector.

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2024 Nonprofit Conference

October 18, 2024
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
North Park University


Axelson Center 25th Anniversary Celebration

May 16, 2024
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Provisio Partners, 325 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60654

Early Bird rate of $50 good through May 3, 2024.

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Nonprofit Management Awards

The application period for the Axelson awards program is now closed. Information about the next awards cycle is forthcoming.

2023 AWARD WINNERS  About the Awards

Custom Training

The goal of the custom training program is to assess organizational challenge(s) and provide appropriate professional development that gives participants the knowledge and skills to address those challenges.

about Custom Training

Hallmarks of Nonprofit Managerial Excellence

The seven Hallmarks of Nonprofit Managerial Excellence℠ are 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.

about the Hallmarks

More About the Axelson Center

Learn more about the history and values that have established the Axelson Center as the source for informative and engaging nonprofit professional development in the Chicago region.

Our History   Our Mission

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