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Lending Expertise.
Providing Support.
Facilitating Partnerships.

What We Do

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago’s mission is to strengthen nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

We do this by building working relationships between arts and cultural organizations and highly-qualified business professionals, providing training in all aspects of management and board function, and highlighting research in leading and emerging issues related to the world of arts nonprofits.

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Services & Opportunities

FOR ORGANIZATIONS

Are you looking for ways to strengthen your organization or business? Perhaps new relationships, board members, volunteer consultants, or learning? Our programs and services connect you to these and more.

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FOR INDIVIDUALS

We’re looking for remarkable people. People who get things done and enjoy seeing others succeed. Whether you’re looking to upskill, reskill, get to know Chicago a little better, or simply give back to our city, A&BC has a program for you!

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Upcoming Events

Dec
7
Sat
9:00 am Board Lab: Fundraising Landscape @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Board Lab: Fundraising Landscape @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Dec 7 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
BOARD MEMBER TRAINING Speaker: Charles Katzenmeyer, VP Institutional Advancement, The Field Museum Learning objectives include: Funding landscape for nonprofit organizations and sector-wide trends in giving The role board members play in securing funds Identifying prospects and creating an[...]
Jan
25
Sat
10:00 am Business Volunteers for the Arts... @ TBA
Business Volunteers for the Arts... @ TBA
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA) connects skilled Chicagoans with arts, cultural, and creative communities in need of assistance. Are you interested in joining our pro bono consulting program and lending your abilities? Apply! Application[...]
Feb
8
Sat
10:00 am Board Lab: Organizational Life C... @ TBA
Board Lab: Organizational Life C... @ TBA
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
BOARD MEMBER TRAINING Presenter: Kristin Larsen, Executive Director, Arts & Business Council of Chicago Topics include: Structures of arts and cultural organizations and their boards Life cycle of nonprofit organizations, from the founding board to[...]
Apr
4
Sat
10:00 am Board Lab: Nonprofit Finances, B... @ TBA
Board Lab: Nonprofit Finances, B... @ TBA
Apr 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Presenter: Megan Angle, CPA & Manager, Porte Brown LLC Learning objectives include: Financial oversight; policy creation and compliance; and safeguarding of assets Policies: conflict of interest, whistleblower, document retention & destruction, executive compensation, etc. Achieving[...]
May
23
Sat
10:00 am Business Volunteers for the Arts... @ TBA
Business Volunteers for the Arts... @ TBA
May 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA) connects skilled Chicagoans with arts, cultural, and creative communities in need of assistance. Are you interested in joining our pro bono consulting program and lending your abilities? Apply! Application[...]

News

Since launching…

On BOARD

Over 300 volunteers trained and matched

Business Volunteers for the Arts

Over $10 million in pro bono consulting services