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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

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[...]
Oct
26
Sat
9:30 am Business Volunteers for the Arts... @ Chicago Public Library – Hall Branch
Business Volunteers for the Arts... @ Chicago Public Library – Hall Branch
Oct 26 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Business Volunteers for the Arts: Fall Orientation @ Chicago Public Library – Hall Branch | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA) connects skilled Chicagoans with arts, cultural, and creative communities in need of management assistance. Are you interested in joining our pro bono consulting program and lending your abilities? Apply! Application[...]
Nov
5
Tue
9:00 am Breakfast Club: #GivingTuesday @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Breakfast Club: #GivingTuesday @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Nov 5 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Breakfast Club: #GivingTuesday @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago | Chicago | Illinois | United States
#GivingTuesday (December 3, 2019) is a global day of giving to nonprofit organizations and causes that are tackling critical issues and bettering communities all over the world. Arts, cultural, and creative organizations often find great success[...]

News

Since launching…

On BOARD

Over 300 volunteers trained and matched

Business Volunteers for the Arts

Over $10 million in pro bono consulting services