The Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC)'s mission is to help strengthen non-profit arts organizations. We do this by building working relationships between arts organizations and highly-qualified business professionals, providing training in all aspects of management and board function, and conducting research in leading and emerging issues related to the world of arts nonprofits.
Learn about our services:
Services for Arts Organizations
Looking for management and board consulting, new board members or professional development? A&BC’s services connect you to these opportunities and more.
Opportunities for Business Professionals
If you’re a professional ready to apply your skills in a highly innovative, creative, and rewarding environment, help give back to the community while refining your own leadership skills.
- July 14: Board Training: Fundraising Landscape
- July 17: Summer Bash
- July 25: It’s Not All About the Give/Get: A New Model for Assessing Board Contribution
- August 3: Summer Orientation - Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVA)
- August 4: Board Training: Nonprofit Finances, Budgeting, & Tax Issues
meet our volunteers:
"Working with the Arts & Business Council has helped me understand the Chicago arts ecosystem. Being able to use my brain in a different way has made me a better professional in so many ways."
"Personally, volunteering for me has fostered a better connection with diverse communities in Chicago. The projects I've worked on have enabled me to think critically about issues that impact an organization, which I've been able to apply to my teams at work."
"Volunteering with A&BC has provided me an opportunity to serve a community that enriches so many lives including mine. I enjoyed being a part of the growth experienced by the team I worked with and the sincere gratitude expressed by the clients."
"Volunteering with A&BC allows me to contribute to a cause that I am passionate about"
"A&BC lets me get involved with local projects that I care about, while contributing in a way that leverages my experiences."
"It goes beyond art for art's sake, and reveals the power of the arts and organizations to have long term, meaningful impact on individuals and the industry as a whole."
"I love the ability to meet new people, help them with their current need by applying my skill sets, and most importantly seeing the results of our project being utilized."
"The A&BC consultants and staff members I have worked with have taught me so much and really improved how I approach work in my own career. "
"Working with these groups has enriched my life experiences by allowing me to witness their passion for their organizations first hand. It’s great to help them realize the results they have worked hard to achieve."
"I find volunteering extremely rewarding. It allows me to give back to the community I love and get to know people with a variety of backgrounds."