In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management is holding The Arc of Innovation: Timeless Lessons from Thriving Nonprofits on May 2nd, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. Gathering hundreds of nonprofit leaders from across the Midwest, this conference will look forward and backward, drawing on the timeless lessons and tested innovations of thriving nonprofits and their leaders.

The plenary speaker at The Arc of Innovation will be Vu Le, executive director of the Rainier Valley Corps and author of the well-known blog, Nonprofit AF. Other speakers include Helene Gayle of the Chicago Community Trust, Ellen Alberding of the Joyce Foundation, Dorri McWhorter of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, Mark Ishaug of Thresholds, Michelle Larson of Adler Planetarium, and many more. Breakout sessions will include: the future of philanthropy, the in’s and out’s of cultivating relationships between the government and nonprofit sectors, the power of leadership that knows and acts on what an organization needs, the connections between philanthropy and systemic inequality, and more.

Additionally, the Axelson Center will present our annual nonprofit management awards—the Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Excellence and the Excellent Emerging Organization Award—at the conference luncheon. And back by popular demand, our “Ask a Funder” sessions will allow for nonprofit leaders to sit down for quick one-on-one conversations with foundation representatives.

The Axelson Center has been working consistently at the cutting edge of nonprofit management education for 20 years, and The Arc of Innovation will include both comprehensive trends and practical takeaways for organizations and leaders looking to help their organizations thrive.

Registration for the event is at this link.