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Join Mary, the Axelson Center and 3 other presenters for a full-day, intensive workshop designed specifically for small nonprofits (budget under $1M).

The majority of nonprofit organizations are small, grassroots organizations with budgets under $1 million. Just because your organization is small doesn’t mean that you can’t use effective management practices to have the biggest impact when serving your constituents. This workshop, designed especially for small nonprofits, will focus on the essentials of financial management, boards, strategic planning/design thinking and fundraising.

The cost to attend is $125. Space is limited.

Who Should Participate: Executive directors/senior staff of small nonprofit organizations with a budget less than $1M

Other panelists include:

Sidney C. Freitag-Fey, MA, CFRE; Director of Development and Marketing – Delta Institute

Jennifer R. Madden, PhD, MNO; President – Leverage Point Development

Gretchen Upholt, MPA; Lead Consultant, Midwest Region – FMA


Event Details

Tuesday, March 24 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST

Location: Self-Help Federal Credit Union; 3960 West 26th Street; Chicago, IL 60623

Cost: $125

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About the Organization

Affinity Community Services (Affinity) is a social justice organization that focuses on health and wellness, leadership development, and community building. Affinity’s core constituents are Black lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women and LGBTQ youth of African descent in the Chicago metropolitan area, though much of its work addresses needs and issues related to the broader LGBTQ and Black communities.

About the Position

The Executive Director provides visionary leadership for Affinity, ensuring that it is serving the community in a manner consistent with its mission. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its strategic goals, financial objectives, and successful day-to-day operations.

 

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About the Organization

The Chicago Freedom School (CFS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2007 in the spirit of the original freedom schools in Mississippi in the 1960s, with the vision of advancing youth-led social change movements with support from adult allies. CFS provides programs, trainings, and other nontraditional educational opportunities where young people and adults can study the work of past movements, deepen their understanding of current social problems, build new coalitions, and develop strategies for change.

About the Position

The Chicago Freedom School is seeking a passionate and dedicated professional to assume leadership for the organization by serving as the next Executive Director. As an organization poised for growth, committed social justice educators, activists, and/or youth development professionals with prior nonprofit management experience are encouraged to apply.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for CFS’s staff, programs, fundraising, outreach, and the overall execution of its mission.

 

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About the Organization

The Irving Harris Foundation (Foundation) enhances the quality of life for children, families, and communities by advancing human potential, social justice and equity, as well as creative experience and expression. The Foundation is a strategic grantmaker, investing approximately $14 million annually in the fields of early childhood development, reproductive health and justice, arts and culture, and Jewish values in the U.S. and Israel. The Foundation’s grants aim to address root causes, leverage public and private resources, provide technical assistance and foster collaboration through public-private and funder partnerships.

About the Position

The Foundation is looking for a colleague who has experience building a community of practice, engaging in collaborative work, and developing a program to scale; and who is strategic, thoughtful, and committed to systems change with a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens.

The Harris Professional Development Network Manager will expand the reach and expertise of the Harris Professional Development Network (PDN, Network), which is an innovative network of 19 multi-disciplinary programs from 12 states, DC and Israel, all of which are Foundation grantees. The PDN trains the infant and early childhood mental health workforce, develops, promotes, and integrates core developmental and mental health principles into systems and services, and informs public policy around young children’s social and emotional development.

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Join Mary, AFP Chicago, and the Baumhart Center for this special learning breakfast on Building Your Annual Giving Program.

The breakfast gathering is entirely free as part of AFP Chicago and the Baumhart Center’s shared mission to build the capacity of the fundraising sector. Loyola is especially seeking to reach fundraising professionals from smaller organizations that often lack access to fundraising workshops.

Other panelists include:


Event Details

Tuesday, January 14 from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. CST

Location: Loyola University Schreiber Center, 16 E. Pearson Street, Chicago

Cost: Free!

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About the Organization

The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is the State of Washington’s largest state and federally funded provider of comprehensive civil legal aid services to people in or near poverty. Every year, NJP provides legal assistance and representation to more than 14,000 low-income households to address fundamental human needs including housing, family safety, access to health care, and income security. NJP’s more than 150 attorneys deliver individualized and systemic client services from 19 regional offices, through a variety of service models, including a statewide legal assistance hotline. NJP also maintains an extensive public web site with self-help legal resources in multiple languages and formats. NJP now seeks a Deputy Director to support and advance NJP’s mission to combat injustice, strengthen communities, and protect human dignity.

About the Position

The Deputy Director serves as the program’s general counsel and is responsible for NJP’s effective and efficient administration and operations to ensure the delivery of high-quality legal services to low-income individuals and communities.

The Deputy Director is a member of the executive leadership team, reporting to the Executive Director, and works in close collaboration with the Executive Director, the Director of Advocacy, and the Director of Finance to provide strategic, programmatic, and race equity leadership for NJP. The Deputy Director supervises the Operations Director, Human Resources Director, and Information Technology Director.

How to Apply

Applicants should email a cover letter and resume in PDF format to executivesearch@mortengroup.com with the subject line “Northwest Justice Project – Deputy Director Search.” Cover letters will be evaluated as a writing sample. Application materials must be directed to the email address above. No phone calls, please. Note that due to the number of applications we receive, we will only respond to those applicants whom we would like to invite to interview for the position.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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About the Organization

In 1908, Jane Addams started the Mary Crane Day Nursery at Hull House, after receiving a donation of a building from Richard Teller Crane in memory of his late wife. Hull House turned the Day Nursery over to the National College of Education in 1925, and Jane Addams joined with Edna Dean Baker, president of the College, to pioneer a new way of thinking about early childhood education.

Today, the Mary Crane Center continues to serve communities in need with sites in Rogers Park, West Lakeview, West Garfield Park, and Austin. The Mary Crane Center has launched the lives of over 15,000 children and families, with the mission of promoting the comprehensive early development of children through school-readiness programs, personal enrichment activities, and family support services.

About the Position

The Human Resources Director contributes to the success of Mary Crane Center by providing a full range of professional-level and administrative HR support for the Executive Director in support of effective HR operations and HR initiatives.

The ideal candidate will be a strategic and thoughtful problem solver, a prudent change-agent and collaborator, and a diplomatic and driven leader. The Human Resources Director will have the unique opportunity to build the HR Department and along with the management team, assist in providing strategy and support for the organization in a time of substantial growth.

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On November 1, Mary will be at Women and Children First in Andersonville in conversation with award-winning journalist Pamela Newkirk. More about Pamela and her new book Diversity, Inc. below!

In Diversity, Inc., award-winning journalist Pamela Newkirk shines a bright light on the diversity industry, asking the tough questions about what has been effective–and why progress has been so slow. Newkirk highlights the rare success stories, sharing valuable lessons about how other industries can match those gains. But as she argues, despite decades of handwringing, costly initiatives, and uncomfortable conversations, organizations have, apart from a few exceptions, fallen far short of their goals.

Diversity, Inc. incisively shows the vast gap between the rhetoric of inclusivity and real achievements. If we are to deliver on the promise of true equality, we need to abandon ineffective, costly measures and commit ourselves to combatting enduring racial attitudes.

Pamela Newkirk is an award-winning journalist and a professor of journalism at New York University who has written extensively about diversity in the news media and art world. She is the author of Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga, which won the NAACP Image Award, and Within the Veil: Black Journalists, White Media, which won the National Press Club Award for media criticism. She was also the editor of Letters from Black America. Newkirk’s articles and reviews are regularly published in major media, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Guardian, the Nation, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City.


Event Details

Friday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Women and Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark St.

Cost: Free

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On Tuesday, October 29 at 12noon, Morten Group President Mary Morten will sit on a panel Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management to discuss the future of Chicago and the work of the Nonprofit sector.

The event will include both a panel and Q+A session and will ask: what is Chicago’s vision of engagement with the nonprofit community in helping the city flourish and thrive? What sorts of collaboration between government and nonprofits could help achieve that vision?

Other panelists include:

 

Event Details

Tuesday, October 29 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00p.m. CST

Location: Wintrust Bank; 231 South LaSalle Street, Chicago

Cost: $15

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