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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Outstanding Nonprofit Management: Hallmark #5: Financial Strength and Performance

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 »
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Are Monthly Gifts Part of your New Year’s Resolutions?

We’re ringing in the new year with another post from Guest Blogger Jim Struthers, Chief Development Officer at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. For 25 years, the foundation has worked with Chicago Tribune, a media partner of the Axelson Center, to change the lives of children, adults and families across Chicagoland through the Chicago Tribune... Read more »

'Tis the Season to Give: Guest Post by Jim Struthers, Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Today’s Guest Blogger is Jim Struthers, Chief Development Officer at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. For 25 years, the foundation has worked with Chicago Tribune, a media partner of the Axelson Center, to change the lives of children, adults and families across Chicagoland through the Chicago Tribune Charities. During this busy time of year, it’s... Read more »

Outstanding Nonprofit Management: Hallmark #4: Human Resources

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 »
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Bench Warmers or Change Makers?

It’s time to engage the next generation in nonprofit board service. by Robert B. Acton, executive director NYC, Taproot Foundation Cross-posted from the blog over at BoardSource. Find the original post here. Earlier-career professionals are a valuable — and largely untapped — talent pool for the boards of directors of nonprofit organizations in our country.... Read more »