Are you a new Executive Director or Chief Executive Officer?

Do you need to gain a firm foundation in managing a nonprofit?

Do you need to center equity and not include it as an afterthought?

This two-day session might be exactly what you’re looking for!


Join nonprofit experts Mary F. Morten and Laura McAlpine in a jam-packed interactive series of virtual sessions to leverage your skills and experience in your new role.


Session Dates
August 6-7, 2020
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

$675 per participant




Payment is due via Zelle, check, or ACH payment to Morten Group, LLC no later than Friday, July 31, 2020.

Your spot at the Intensive will not be reserved until payment is received. For more information on payment logistics, please contact

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Are you a new Executive Director or Chief Executive Officer?

Do you need to gain a firm foundation in managing a nonprofit?

Do you need to center equity in your organization and not include it as an afterthought?

This two-day session might be exactly what you’re looking for!


Join nonprofit experts Mary F. Morten and Laura McAlpine in a jam-packed interactive series of virtual sessions to leverage your skills and experience in your new role.


Thursday, August 6th, 2020

Session I: Governance
Session II: Board Development
Session III: Staff Supervision


Friday, August 7th, 2020

Session IV: Resource Development
Session V: Financial Management
Session VI: Self-care


Cost: $675.00

Registration deadline is July 22, so reserve your spot today!


Payment is due via Zelle, check, or ACH payment to Morten Group, LLC no later than Friday, July 31, 2020.

Your spot at Bootcamp will not be reserved until the full $675.00 payment has been received. For more information on payment logistics, please contact If you have any questions about the sessions or content, please contact or

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June 1, 2020

Today, Morten Group denounces the sustained racist and state-sanctioned violence that has, in recent weeks, taken the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and, no doubt, many others whose names we do not know. Our hearts are with their families and communities at this time and we reaffirm our most stringent efforts toward exposing and ending the systems that continue to oppress and exert violence upon Black and brown people. The fact that these acts continue to occur amidst a global pandemic in which Black and brown people are being disproportionately impacted only adds to our collective heart-ache.

Today also marks the start of international celebrations of LGBTQ+ pride. We recognize that all oppressions are inextricably linked and we assert that the same systems that oppress Black and brown folks also sustain the inequities experienced by LGBTQ+ people. We know that, in particular, Black transgender women are at disproportionate risk of violence and we also mourn the recent murder of Nina Pop.

We know that these are not isolated incidents. Black and brown people continue to experience a grievous lack of safety, opportunity, and investment in this country. We know that these deaths, and the miscarriages of justice that seek to displace blame and fail to hold accountable those individuals and systems who are most responsible, are rooted in long histories of colonialism, capitalism, slavery, and sustained structural oppression.

We also know that people of good conscience are weary, are fearful, and are full of righteous anger, as well as a profoundly deep and abiding love for Black and brown lives. We support the need and right to protest. We denounce the racist narratives that seek to shift focus away from the root causes of this civil unrest. We condemn any prioritization of property over human life. We continue our resolve to be part of the many individuals and institutions working hard to end racism and all forms of oppression.

We know that there are many paths to liberation and we call upon you to look into your heart today and ask yourself what role you can play in undoing the internalized and institutionalized legacies of white supremacy, and in creating a world of racial justice and equity. Morten Group remains as committed as ever to partnering with organizations willing to do this necessary and life-saving work.

Please stay safe, stay vigilant, and take care of one another.

In solidarity,
Morten Group

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Conversations With… is a speaker series hosted by Chicago Community Trust President and CEO Helene Gayle that explores high-profile topics with some of today’s most strategic thinkers in the philanthropic, civic, business and policy sectors. From charitable giving trends to growing wealth disparities, these conversations provide a deeper understanding of the issues presented.

The Trust is pleased to host Evette Cardona, Mary Morten and Tracy Baim as part of their Conversations With… speaker series.

Other panelists include:

Evette Cardona, Vice President of Programs, Polk Bros. Foundation

Tracy Baim – Publisher, Chicago Reader

Event Details

Monday, June 22, 2020
10:00-11:00 a.m.

Zoom Meeting Details:

Join by Video Conference

Join by Phone +13126266799,,8037776153#

To attend, please RSVP to by Friday, June 19.


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About the Organization

Forefront, a 501(c)3 organization, is Illinois’ statewide association representing both grantmakers and operating nonprofits, as well as their advisors and allies. Its mission is to build a vibrant social impact sector for all people of Illinois, providing education, advocacy, and thought leadership, as well as facilitating networking and collective action.

About the Position 

Forefront is seeking a visionary, passionate, and strategic leader as its next President and Chief Executive Officer.

In partnership with the Board of Directors, the President and CEO shapes the organization’s vision, mission, and strategic goals. The ideal new President and CEO will have an entrepreneurial spirit, attitude, and approach that actively seeks out change and innovation. The President and CEO should have the ability to build strategic coalitions, participate in complex collaborations, and creatively envision opportunities for the organization to lead during this unique moment in time.

Click here to view the full position description, essential qualifications, and application instructions.

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About the Organization

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV or chronic conditions. Our work is guided by the vision that people living with HIV or chronic conditions will thrive, and there will be no new HIV cases.

For over 33 years, AIDS Foundation of Chicago has brought together service providers and funders to develop systems that meet the needs of those living with HIV/AIDS and to maximize the use of scarce resources. AFC manages more than $17 million in local, state, and federal funds for an array of HIV-related services, provides expertise and leads high-quality delivery across the region, as well as housing and other services for people who are formerly homeless and living with chronic conditions.

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago is committed to diversity and ensuring an appropriate balance of skills and experience on our Board and committees. Our Board is comprised of people of different experiences, backgrounds, and opinions. We believe creating an inclusive and diverse culture improves the effectiveness of our Board and better reflects the diverse populations that we serve. We especially encourage people of color (i.e. Black, Latinx, Native American), those who identify as LGBTQ+, and individuals living with HIV to apply for a position on the Board.

About the Position

AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is looking for individuals who can help them achieve their goals of equity and justice by serving on the Board of Directors.

AFC is particularly seeking board members with expertise in fundraising, strategic planning, social marketing and communications, finance and investments, human resources, and experience in the corporate sector. Previous board experience is helpful, but not necessary.

Click here to view the full description and application instructions.

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Mentioned on Gathering Ground LIVE
(click here to listen!)


Arts for Illinois

Arts Work Fund

Americans for the Arts

Chicago Artists Relief Fund

DCASE Funding Resource Listing 

Forefront Resource Listing

National Artist Relief Fund

Financial Assistance-specific

Arts Alliance Illinois – FAQ for Small Business Loan Programs

Arts for Illinois Relief Fund

Chicago Artists Relief Fund

Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative – State-by-state COVID-19 Support Efforts

Grantspace – Financial Resources to Help with COVID-19 Hardships

Illinois Humanities – COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grants

National Council of Nonprofits – Loans Available for Nonprofits in the CARES Act

Other Resources

Bloomerang – COVID-19 Resources

The Bridgespan Group – COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits and Funders

The Bridgespan Group – Eight Steps for Managing Through Tough Times

Council on Foundations – COVID-19 Resource Hub

Department of Labor – COVID-19 and the American Workplace

National Council of Nonprofits – Self-insured Nonprofits and Unemployment Insurance

National Council of Nonprofits – Nonprofits and Coronavirus, COVID-19

Network for Good – COVID-19 Resources

Nonprofit Finance Fund – COVID-19: What Nonprofits Should Do Right Now

Nonprofit Quarterly – How Nonprofits Can Utilize the New Federal Laws Dealing with COVID-19

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Morten Group, LLC, a national consulting firm based in Chicago, was established in November 2001 to focus on clients in the nonprofit, for-profit, and foundation fields. Services include diversity, racial equity, and inclusion (DREI) assessments and trainings; executive searches; research; and organizational development. Our work is centered on a commitment to transformation through education, assessment, and action.

The Training Coordinator will support the cycle of initial planning, to final execution, to evaluation of the various trainings we provide our clients. This is an excellent position for a creative, dynamic, and detail-oriented person with at least 3 years of administrative, training and/or nonprofit experience. If that’s you, this will fulfill your quest for growth  and progressive responsibility for pulling moving pieces together for the successful development and implementation of trainings and support with general administrative duties as part of the Morten Group (MG) team. The Training Coordinator reports directly to the President, Project Director, and Training and Curriculum Director and collaborates with them on the following:

Specific Training Responsibilities

  • Administrative (training related):
    • Support scheduling of trainings with clients
    • Support with managing internal (MG) training calendar
    • Determine availability of MG facilitators for trainings
    • Coordinate MG training supplies
    • Communicate with client contact(s) regarding training needs/logistics
  • Support with developing and updating training materials including Prezi, participant guide, and facilitator guide to reflect accurate client information and assessment data
  •  Facilitation:
    • Prepare for trainings independently and with co-facilitator/s
    • Maintain up to date knowledge of relevant DREI issues and resources
    • Facilitate trainings and debrief trainings
    • Collaborate with co-facilitator/s to create a written summary of training sessions

Additional responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

  • Assistance for President, Project Director, and Training and Curriculum Director as needed with day-to-day office operations
  • Assistance for consultants with tasks as-needed
  • Preparation of any printed documents for meetings, trainings,
  • Assistance with planning and execution of any events, including retreats, meetings,
  • General administrative duties as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Pay rate is $20.00 per hour for 15-20 hours per week. There is a potential for a 10% pay increase after successful completion of the first 90 days.

Applicants should email a cover letter and resume in PDF format to with the subject line “MG – Training Coordinator Search.” Cover letters will be evaluated as a writing sample. Application materials must be directed to the email address above. No phone calls, please. For best consideration, applications should be received by March 13, 2020. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Morten Group, LLC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy status, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service or other non-merit factors.

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Join Mary at Axelson Center and 3 other presenters for a half-day networking event and workshop geared toward Development Directors and Executive Directors.

Everyone wants an engaged, high-performing governing board. But how do you leverage the strengths, abilities and networking capacity of your board members? Join us for practical, purposeful and personal insights on how to focus your board’s limited time on critical strategies, tangible goals and fundraising activities.

Who Should Participate: Executive directors/senior staff of nonprofit organizations

Event Details

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CST

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. — Breakfast and Networking
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Workshop

Location: Johnson Center, North Park University, 3225 W. Foster Ave., Chicago

Cost: $90



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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.


Click here to view the full position description, essential qualifications, and application instructions.

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