For Nonprofits 2019-08-27T10:20:01-05:00


The Arts & Business Council of Chicago’s services to arts and cultural organizations include management consulting; board member training and matching; and professional learning. These programs are built to help Chicago-area arts and cultural nonprofits improve managerial and organizational capacity.

To participate in our programs, which include Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVA) and On BOARD (see below for more info), you must be an active client of the Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC). We require that you be a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in good standing with the IRS to begin the application process. A&BC also supports the work of organizations, groups, or projects with a fiscal sponsor that is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in good standing with the IRS. Additional participation criteria may apply to specific programs.

The first step is to complete our New Client Application. Once you submit your application, A&BC will contact you to schedule your free intake consultation. This first meeting helps us better understand your needs and build a solution for you.

If you haven’t participated in our programs in 3 or more years, you will need to resubmit a New Client Application and come in for a consultation.

If you have questions about the above process or participation criteria, please contact Braden Cleary at or (312) 372-1876 ext. 105.


Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVA)
The BVA program recruits and trains experienced individuals interested in volunteering, and matches them to serve on pro bono consulting projects for nonprofits in the Chicago area. Organizations must have proof of General Liability insurance coverage to participate in BVA.

On BOARD trains qualified individuals to serve on nonprofit arts and cultural boards of directors and matches them with Chicago-area nonprofits. Organizations must have proof of General Liability and Directors & Officers insurance coverage to participate in On BOARD.

Learning Labs
A&BC provides professional learning opportunities for arts and cultural leaders looking to deepen their knowledge of nonprofit management practices. Labs cover leading research and emerging issues in management, marketing, finance, board development, and more.

This proprietary online tool helps your organization measure management and oversight capacity, helping you develop a plan to maximize your organization’s impact with the resources you have.