The Value of an Alford-Axelson Award

Our guest blogger Gianfranco Farruggia, Ph.D., is a Professor of Nonprofit Management in the School of Business and Nonprofit Management at North Park University The Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management has been reviewing applications for the noted Alford-Axelson Award for a good number of years and various notable Chicago-area nonprofit organizations have received the award and... Read more »

Axelson Center News: Nonprofits Invited to Disrupt the Norm at Axelson Center Symposium

If nonprofits are to successfully innovate, disrupt the norm, and be change agents for the communities they serve, their leaders and staff must go beyond big goals and lofty visions. Results and impact require thoughtful and empowered decision-making informed by nonprofit managerial excellence. The Axelson Center’s 16th Annual Symposium for Nonprofit Professionals and Volunteers, a... Read more »

What about the Form 990? Q&A with ORBA's Jim Quaid

We may not think about it on a daily basis, but the Form 990 is an important part of the nonprofit sector! Jim Quaid, CPA, Director at Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams, Ltd. (ORBA) Certified Public Accountants, has some thoughts on common mistakes in completing the Form 990, and red flags that can be the... Read more »
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Outstanding Nonprofit Management: Hallmark #7: Accountability and Integrity

Our guest blogger Jim Stoynoff is a strategic advisor, consultant and business mentor as well as the President and Founder of Synthesis Solutions. He helps business and non-profit teams excel at their mission and grow, focusing on Strategic Direction, Leadership Alignment, Operational Efficiencies, Solution Design, Program Implementation, and Social Enterprise. Learn more about best practices... Read more »

Outstanding Nonprofit Management: Hallmark #6: Resource Generation and External Relations

Our guest blogger Jim Stoynoff is a strategic advisor, consultant and business mentor as well as the President and Founder of Synthesis Solutions. He helps business and non-profit teams excel at their mission and grow, focusing on Strategic Direction, Leadership Alignment, Operational Efficiencies, Solution Design, Program Implementation, and Social Enterprise. Learn more about best practices... Read more »

Nonprofit Mergers: Speaking from Experience - Q&A with Gretchen Slusser

If nonprofit mergers are on your mind, consider some of the insights below from Gretchen Slusser, executive director of Cabrini Green Legal Aid. In July 2014, CGLA merged with Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM). Gretchen and CLAIM’s former Executive Director, Mary Morten, will present together on this topic at an upcoming Axelson Center... Read more »
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Navigating Your Way Through Conflict - Q&A with Susan Yates

What is it that makes conflict so difficult to manage and resolve? Here are some quick tidbits from Susan Yates, mediator and Executive Director of Chicago-based Resolution Systems Institute. Susan will share her expertise on handling conflict in non-profit organizations at the upcoming half-day workshop “Navigating Your Way through Conflict,” March 25, 2015 at North Park... Read more »

The Shape of Things to Come: Prospect Development

The last 15 years in the nonprofit industry have seen ambitious fundraising goals realized, turbulent recessions that have impacted constituent giving and the creation of increasingly sophisticated tools to project and report on our work. Both of us have undergraduate and graduate degrees from North Park University, and through our graduate programs in the university’s... Read more »

Planned Giving BootCamp - Q&A with Sandy Macnab

Why bother with planned giving? Here are some quick tidbits from Sandy Macnab, MEd, FAHP, CFRE of Chicago-based Alexander Macnab & Co. Sandy will share more of his expertise on planned giving at the upcoming half-day workshop “Planned Giving BootCamp”, Feb. 18, 2015 at North Park University. Read more and register now. What is the most common misconception... Read more »
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Your Nonprofit’s Marketing, Branding and Messaging – Q&A with Malayna Williams

Today’s insights into nonprofit marketing, branding and messaging come from Malayna Williams, managing partner at PWR New Media. You can hear more of Malayna’s insights on this topic at the upcoming half-day workshop “Creating Brand & Message Consistency From the Inside Out”, Feb. 4, 2015 at North Park University. Read more and register now. What... Read more »