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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Nonprofit Website Management: Q&A with Yesenia Sotelo, Smart Cause Digital

In today’s Q&A, Yesenia Sotelo, Web Developer and Founder at Smart Cause Digital, will answer some questions about nonprofit website management. Interested in learning more about this topic? Yesenia will present at an upcoming Axelson Center webinar, “Nonprofit Website Management for Busy People”, on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 12-1p.m. Central/Chicago time. Anyone who manages their... Read more »
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Outstanding Nonprofit Management: Hallmark #3: Strategy and Innovation

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 »

Volunteer Engagement: Q&A with Chicago Cares' Wendy Neuert

In today’s Q&A, Wendy Neuert, Director of Ongoing Programs at Chicago Cares, will answer some questions about nonprofit volunteer engagement. Interested in learning more about this topic? Wendy will present at an upcoming Axelson Center workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 1. “Essential Volunteer Engagement Strategies”, which will be held 9 a.m. – noon on North Park’s... Read more »

Outstanding Nonprofit Management: Hallmark #2: Leadership and Governance

This is the second installment of guest blogger Jim Stoynoff’s seven-part series on posts on Outstanding Nonprofit Management.  See the first post, covering the “Mission and Program” Hallmark. This post on the second Hallmark, Leadership and Governance, originally appeared at Jim’s blog. Catch up with Jim on Twitter @Synthesis_Biz. This blog series was inspired by the Alford-Axelson Award Review... Read more »
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NEWS: Application Period Open for Axelson Center’s Annual Nonprofit Management Awards

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence and the 2015 Excellent Emerging Organization Award—two annual honors presented by the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at North Park University to Chicago-area nonprofit organizations. The Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence recognizes nonprofits serving the seven-county Chicago region who exemplify... Read more »