On BOARD® is the Arts & Business Council of Chicago’s unique nonprofit board leadership training program. Prospective board members, current board members, and nonprofit staff leaders engage in sessions that cover the major aspects of board service and learn how to be effective ambassadors. Individuals who participate in the On BOARD® demonstrate an understanding and commitment to upholding high standards of nonprofit board governance.

On BOARD® Curriculum
  • Arts Organization Structures and Board Responsibilities

  • Legal and Fiduciary Responsibilities of Board Members

  • The Importance of Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations

  • Understanding the Numbers: Finances, Budgeting, and Tax Issues

  • Demystifying Fundraising for Board Members

  • Arts Advocacy for Board Members

Learn more about our curriculum here.


For more information, email info@artsbiz-chicago.org.

The 2022 On BOARD® program is supported by …

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. 

Full Program

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.