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Board Training 2019-08-19T13:58:14-05:00

Board Training

A board of directors is responsible for the health and strategic direction of the nonprofit organization. Having a clear understanding of one’s role and responsibilities is vital to the success of your tenure as a board member.

Our On BOARD training classes are open to current board members and staff leaders who are looking for education on nonprofit management and the roles and responsibilities of board members. You will learn the fundamentals of board service including legal responsibilities, budgeting and tax issues, and fundraising.

The full curriculum consists of four classes. You may attend a single class to learn about a specific topic or attend all four classes. If you purchase the class pack, the same individual does not need to attend all four classes. You may send a different individual to each class.

Click here to see learning objectives.

Classes take place on Saturdays from 9am-1pm in downtown Chicago at A&BC’s office building.

  • Arts Organization Structures & Board Responsibilities
    • Sept 14
  • Nonprofit Finances, Budgeting, & Tax Issues
    • Oct 19
  • Legal & Fiduciary Responsibilities; Non-governing Boards
    • Nov 16
  • Fundraising Landscape
    • Dec 7


Advanced registration is required as space is limited. Individual classes cost $150 each, or you can purchase a 4-class pack for $500.


We offer four partial scholarships per program session to current A&BC clients who are interested in purchasing the 4-class pack. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please submit an application here.


If you have questions, please contact Noemi Garcia at ngarcia@artsbiz-chicago.org or 312-372-1876 x103.

Cancellation Policy

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC) reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule any training for which registrants will receive a full refund. Full refunds may be issued if a cancellation request is made within 5 business days of purchase date. No refunds are issued for cancellations within 72 hours of the training. No refunds will be issued for “no shows.”

Individual Trainings

In the event of a registered individual’s cancellation for individual trainings, A&BC will retain an administrative fee of 30% of the cost of the training.

Class Packs

If you cannot attend a training, you may be issued a credit equal to the value of the registration fee to be used towards a future board training. The credit must be used within one year of purchase or the credit is forfeited. This allows A&BC to plan for event capacity and keep costs affordable.