On BOARD is A&BC’s unique board training and matching program for business leaders who are interested in serving on the Board of Directors of a nonprofit arts organization. Since 1999, A&BC has matched over 250 business professionals on nonprofit boards.
Participants learn the fundamentals of board service including finances, legal responsibilities, tax issues, and fundraising. During the same period, they meet with arts organizations that are actively seeking board members at the Meet the Boards event, attend performances/programming and board meetings to determine which organization best aligns with their artistic interests and professional skills.
Become an On BOARD Candidate
Candidates are experienced professionals, typically with expertise in operations, finance, marketing/communications, public relations, strategy, organizational development, human resources, management consulting, IT, or nonprofit management. Many candidates are independent consultants, small business owners, Manager-, Director-, or VP-level business professionals, and nonprofit and higher education professionals.
Candidates must attend the Meet the Boards networking event, where they will meet the participating arts organizations for the first time. This event is an essential part of the program. Candidates are strongly encouraged to complete the four trainings within one program session. However, they have a year to complete the curriculum.
If you would like to apply to become an On BOARD candidate, please fill out an ONLINE APPLICATION. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. After your application is reviewed, you will be contacted for a short interview so we can learn more about your experience and interests.
- Winter 2017 - Jan 27 (Early bird Jan 13)
- Spring 2017 - Apr 28 (Early bird Apr 14)
- Fall 2017 - Sept 1 (Early bird Aug 4)
Trainings are held on Saturdays from 9am-1pm at 100 S. State Street.
- May 6 - Spring Orientation: Arts Organization Structure & Board Responsibilities
- June 10 - Nonprofit Finances, Budget, & Tax Issues
- July 22 - Fundraising & Development
- August 19 - Legal & Fiduciary Responsibilities
- Sept 23 - Fall Orientation: Arts Organization Structure & Board Responsibilities
- Sept 27 - Meet the Boards networking event (5:30-8pm)
- Oct 21 - Nonprofit Finances, Budget, & Tax Issues
- Nov 4 - Legal & Fiduciary Responsibilities
- Dec 2 - Fundraising & Development
The program tuition is $995 and includes all training sessions as well as tickets to a variety of programs and performances so that participants can become familiar with the organizations.
There is a $50 early bird discount available (see Orientation Schedule for deadlines). Participants have the option of paying the tuition in full upon enrollment or in 5 scheduled payments after a $250 deposit.
We offer partial scholarships to individuals who work in higher education or the nonprofit industry. Please email Noemi Garcia for more info.
Many companies sponsor one or more candidates per year because they recognize board service as a professional development opportunity, a great way to gain visibility in the community, and a unique way to give back to Chicago’s nonprofit community.
On BOARD candidates participate in training sessions with other business leaders from companies such as Northern Trust, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Segal Company, Baxter Healthcare, Boeing, Bank of America, and Quarles & Brady, and also get to know board members of organizations throughout the Chicago area. The On BOARD process creates both valuable networking opportunities and skills-building experiences.
Are you currently serving on a board?
If you are currently serving on a Board of Directors and looking for additional education, our On BOARD training sessions are open to the public. The fee to attend all four sessions is $500.
For more information about applying to the On BOARD program, please contact Noemi Garcia at (312) 372-1876 ext 103.