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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

Sep
14
Sat
9:00 am Board Lab: Arts Organization Str... @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Board Lab: Arts Organization Str... @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Sep 14 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 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[...]
Sep
25
Wed
6:00 pm On BOARD: Fall Meet the Boards
On BOARD: Fall Meet the Boards
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Meet the Boards is a networking session for On BOARD candidates and arts organization boards to meet and learn about each other. Attendees discuss the mission and history of the organization, current and upcoming initiatives, and how new[...]
Oct
16
Wed
6:00 pm Lab: Making the Ask @ WeWork State Street
Lab: Making the Ask @ WeWork State Street
Oct 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lab: Making the Ask @ WeWork State Street | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Leaders in non-profit organizations – board members, executive directors and everyone else – should be comfortable asking for money.  But, too few of them are actively doing it. In this fast-paced, interactive session, fundraising veterans[...]
Oct
19
Sat
9:00 am Board Lab: Nonprofit Finances, B... @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Board Lab: Nonprofit Finances, B... @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
BOARD MEMBER TRAINING Speaker: 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[...]
Oct
24
Thu
5:30 pm Arts & Drafts: An Arts & Busines... @ Marz Community Brewing Co.
Arts & Drafts: An Arts & Busines... @ Marz Community Brewing Co.
Oct 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Arts & Drafts: An Arts & Business Council of Chicago Networking Event @ Marz Community Brewing Co. | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Thursday, October 24, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Marz Community Brewing Co., 3630 S. Iron St. Hey, Chicago: What’s better than making new connections, sharing ideas, and having a local beer? Meet us at Arts[...]

News

Since launching…

On BOARD

Over 300 volunteers trained and matched

Business Volunteers for the Arts

Over $10 million in pro bono consulting services