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It's time to apply for the 2013 Alford-Axelson Awards!

It's time to apply for the 2013 Alford-Axelson Awards!
The new year is flying by, so here’s your friendly reminder: February 1 is the deadline to apply for our Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence. You won’t want this opportunity to slip away–this year we’ll present awards of $7,500 each to two of the “best of the best” nonprofits in Chicago. The application process is... Read more »

Everyone talks about social media, but where do I start?

Everyone talks about social media, but where do I start?
Last year, staff at the Axelson Center debuted a blog series that highlighted some Fabulous Online Resources (FOR) for nonprofits looking to utilize social media to improve their organization.  In this segment of the FOR series, I will focus on the importance of a creating a stellar social media strategy and will provide some wonderful... Read more »

Hull House Closing – Warning sign for others?

Hull House Closing – Warning sign for others?
The Jane Addams Hull House – an iconic and historic social services agency in Chicago – announced its closing/bankruptcy in recent weeks. This shook many in the nonprofit community. Why? Many assumed that some of the “old guard” agencies were untouchable. “Too big/too important/too historic” to fail? Not so. The question now is what lessons... Read more »
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Have you lost your tax-exempt status?

Have you lost your tax-exempt status?
  Just this week, the IRS released the list of nonprofit organizations that have lost their tax-exempt status. Why was it lost? Because they failed to file required reports. As you should know by now, the IRS changed their rules and began requiring small nonprofits (under $25K budget) to file a 990 report. That report was due in... Read more »

Don't Miss These Great Nonprofit Conferences

  Here are two educational opportunities for Chicago area nonprofit professionals. Making Media Connections Conference 2011What: Bringing together nonprofit communicators, journalists, web advocates, PR professionals, community leaders and more! Presented by Community Media Workshop When: June 8-9, 2011 Where: Columbia College Chicago Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor, Chicago Price: $88-352 (use discount... Read more »

Mayor Emanuel Comments at Symposium for Nonprofit Professionals

  Do you wonder what our new Mayor thinks about the work of Chicago nonprofits? He stopped by the Axelson Center’s 12th Annual Symposium on Tuesday, May 17 to give us a glimpse of what he’s thinking about the future of the Chicago nonprofit sector. And he introduced his colleague – our closing plenary speaker... Read more »
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Exploring Alternative Revenue Streams

The State of Illinois has a $15 billion deficit that includes $8 billion owed to vendors (many of which are nonprofits!). It is a tough situation that is crippling Illinois human service agencies. We know diversifying our funding mix is critical to long-term stability, but there are many different approaches and options. Determining the right fit for your organization... Read more »

Trying to Understand Social Media? Great Free Resource

The web is full of Fabulous Online Resources (FOR) for nonprofits. But who has time to navigate through all the not-so-great options to find the few gems? The staff members at the Axelson Center are doing the legwork for you. This is the first in a series of blogs that will highlight those fabulous (mostly free) resources. Today’s FOR is a... Read more »

Tax update from IRS - for small nonprofits

  Image found at Flickr Are you a small nonprofit ($50K budget or below)? Read on – this information may help you with 2010 taxes! In mid-January, the IRS announced that certain small nonprofit (tax-exempt) organizations may be able to simplify their 2010 annual information reporting. The IRS has made a change that will allow more... Read more »
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Want a Great 2011? Let the Planning Begin!

Moving your organization from good to great requires planning. You will never get from Point A to Point B if you let the ship steer itself. But this is just the situation with many nonprofit leaders. We are too busy putting out fires, trying to keep fires from starting, or dealing with the day-to-day details... Read more »