Calendar 2018-09-18T10:27:17-05:00

Board Training: Fundraising Landscape @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Mar 23 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


Speaker: Charles Katzenmeyer, VP Institutional Advancement, The Field Museum

Learning objectives include:

  • Funding landscape for nonprofit arts organizations and sector-wide trends in giving
  • The role board members play in securing funds
  • How to structure the “ask”
  • Creating a donor cultivation calendar

Price: $150

Advance registration is required as space is limited. We will not accept walk-up registrations.

For questions about this training, please contact Noemi Garcia at


Lab: QuickBooks Online @ WeWork State Street
Apr 2 @ 9:00 am – Apr 3 @ 12:00 pm

Tuesday, April 2 from 9:00am – 12:00pm
Wednesday, April 3 from 9:00am – 12:00pm

QuickBooks Online gives you many ways to improve your accounting efficiency and choose the processes and reports that are most important to your nonprofit organization. This hands-on Learning Lab will show you tips and shortcuts that’ll help you cut down on time spent working, while maximizing the accuracy of your accounting.

You’ll learn:

  • Overall settings and structure
  • User access
  • Memorized and automated transactions
  • Banking downloads and account reconciliations
  • Clients vs. vendors
  • Detail vs. summary transactions
  • Payroll setup, timesheets, and processing
  • Importing options to reduce data entry (i.e. from third-party payroll, PayPal, etc.)
  • Exporting data
  • Financial reports and notes
  • Audit preparation and attachments

And more! This Learning Lab is limited to 10 people. Registration will close once capacity is reached. Attendees must be available for both sessions.

Instructor: Yvonne Afable
Managing Partner, Accounting
Afable Consulting

Click here to read Yvonne’s bio.

Presenter Bio:

Yvonne P. Afable is the Managing Partner of Accounting Services for Afable Consulting LLC, a firm providing accounting and technology support to not-for-profit organizations and small businesses. She earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting & Finance from DePaul University and is a Certified Management Accountant. After starting her career in public accounting, she decided to focus on the nonprofit industry and joined the management staff of American College of Surgeons and Rotary International.

For the past 18 years, she’s been consulting with nonprofit organizations and small businesses, helping them understand and tell their financial story. Using Intuit/QuickBooks and Sage products, she and her team offer services to meet each client’s needs: accounting system set-up and training, bookkeeping services including payroll processing, audit preparation, financial reporting and analysis, and documentation of fiscal policies and procedures.

Yvonne serves as Treasurer on the board of Kartemquin Educational Films and teaches the Financial Management course at the School of Art Institute and Zumba at LA Fitness, South Loop. She resides in Chicago, with her partner, Jose-Albin D. Afable. They have three children (Nicole, Gabrielle, and Justin) and two dogs (Kona and Kai).

Breakfast Club: Proposal Writing @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Apr 9 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago convenes a monthly morning gathering for arts administrators to discuss topics and share ideas relevant to the business of art. Breakfast Club is a dynamic opportunity for arts administrators to connect with one another and collaborate on solutions for navigating personal and industry challenges.

Writing a stellar proposal to government, corporate, and foundation funders can be the key to getting support for your organization and special projects. As institutional funders lean more and more into demonstrable impact, how can arts and cultural organizations secure the funding they need to thrive? Alexandra Nelson of Juno Consulting joins Breakfast Club to guide a peer-to-peer conversation on successes and strategies for proposal writing.

Tuesday, April 9 from 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Board Training: Nonprofit Finances, Budgeting, & Tax Issues @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


Speaker: Megan Angle, CPA & Manager, Porte Brown LLC

Learning objectives include:

  • Financial oversight and safeguarding of assets and nonprofit status
  • Policies: conflict of interest, whistleblower, document retention & destruction, executive compensation, etc.
  • Understanding nonprofit financial statements
  • Taxes including payroll and UBIT
  • Filing with the IRS and other government entities
  • What occurs during an audit and when you need one
  • Managing cash flow

Price: $150

Advance registration is required as space is limited. We will not accept walk-up registrations.

For details on registering for this training, please contact Noemi Garcia at


Business Volunteers for the Arts: Spring Orientation
Apr 20 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago’s Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA) program offers four orientations a year: winter, spring, summer, and fall. These orientations are held Saturday afternoons, 2 – 5 p.m., and are required for new business volunteers.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 5. Apply here.

For more information on the BVA program, click here.

Lab: Budgets and Boards @ WeWork State Street
May 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

What function does the annual budget play in your organization? What decisions should a board make in setting or approving an annual budget? Although budgeting is a central duty for many boards, the answers to these questions can vary between organizations and different perspectives can lead to conflict and confusion. We will discuss several frameworks for organizational budgeting and practices that can make the budget a more useful tool for planning and accountability throughout the year. This will include the processes of creating, approving, monitoring, and amending a budget. This workshop aims to be helpful for both board members and staff that work with boards on budgeting.

Instructor: Corrigan Nadon-Nichols
Corrigan Consulting

Click here to read Corrigan’s bio.

Presenter Bio:

Corrigan helps people create healthy organizations where they can achieve their shared goals. He has assisted dozens of groups through initial formation, start-up, growth, and recovery phases. He provides training and consulting for boards to improve financial, management, and governance systems that suit the unique context and goals of each organization.

Board Training: Arts Organization Structures & Board Responsibilities @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
May 18 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


Presenter: Kristin Larsen, Executive Director, Arts & Business Council of Chicago

Topics include:

  • Structures of arts organizations and their boards—staffing, income, and programming models
  • Life cycle of arts organizations, from the founding board to the working board and the governing board
  • Relationship between the board and staff, and challenges posed by staffing and board transitions

This training also features an arts administrator leadership panel and an On BOARD alumni panel.

Price: $150

Advance registration is required as space is limited. We will not accept walk-up registrations. For questions about this training, please contact Noemi Garcia at


On BOARD: Spring Meet the Boards
May 29 @ 5:30 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 board members can contribute to the organization.

Interested organizations must fill out an arts client On BOARD application – the deadline for which is May 3, 2019.

Meet the Boards is by invitation only.

Board Training: Legal & Fiduciary Responsibilities; Non-governing Boards @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Jun 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


Learning objectives include:

  • Non-governing boards and committees
  • Laws governing nonprofit boards of directors
  • Bylaws
  • The role of the director: responsibilities & restrictions
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Conflict of interest
  • Directors & Officers insurance

Price: $150

For questions about this training, please contact Noemi Garcia at

Lab: Practical Community Engagement Tactics @ WeWork State Street
Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

More information coming soon!

Instructor: Kelsey Riley
Creative Consultant

Presenter Bio:

Kelsey Riley is an independent event, marketing, and project management consultant who helps brands and organizations tell stories, impact people, leverage relationships, and increase brand awareness.

Having years of experience in communications, event management, and marketing, she has lent her services to Art of Culture, Inc. (formerly known as Donda’s House), an arts education non-profit as Social Media Manager. She has provided provide project-based consulting services to creatives, organizations, and brands based in Chicago and remotely as well. Past clients include Contexture TV, Vic Mensa, Red Bull’s 30 Days in Chicago, Vocalo Radio 91.1 FM and currently include Chicago Public Schools. She has also contributed to digital publications including Blavity, My Creative Connection and more on various topics such as #BlackLivesMatter, and emerging icons in pop culture. She has been honored for her commitment to using her platform for advocacy and social justice by Rolling Out, her alma mater’s alumni chapter, the Chicago Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and more. Among these honors, in 2016, she was selected to be a Social Media Ambassador for the 2016 Aspen Institute Symposium “State of Race” in Washington, DC.

In recent years, she has contributed to Twitter chats for blkcreatives (“Social Media + The Revolution”), facilitated workshops at Social Media Week, and has been featured as a panelist for events that spark invigorating dialogue on various topics including branding strategy and the entrepreneurship journey. An emerging visionary and cultural entrepreneur, identifying as queer, Kelsey continues to advocate for the support of Black and Brown LGBTQIA+ creatives in Chicago and beyond. She is also an advocate for self-care and mental health awareness as a survivor of sexual assault and domestic abuse. You can find on her Twitter and Instagram @KRileyTips. You can also follow the hashtag #krileytips across social media platforms.