A Community of Consultants Serving the Nonprofit Sector

For more than 30 years, ACN has strengthened mission-driven organizations by serving as Chicagoland’s premier society of professional nonprofit consultants. Our consultants work with local and national organizations in areas from Association Management to DEI and from Social Media to Strategic Planning.

As thought leaders in this focused and ever-changing sector, our members provide organizations with a rich resource of expertise, education and experience. We hope our site helps you find a consultant, submit an RFP, learn about our events, or get advice. New members are always welcomed! 

Mission Statement
The Association of Consultants to Nonprofits envisions a world where all organizations doing social impact work have the external expertise they need to fulfill their missions.

Statement of Purpose
ACN raises the profile of consultants doing social impact work by providing its members with opportunities to build relationships and expand their expertise.

Upcoming Events


What is Your Audience Thinking? Listening Methods to Gain Support for Your Mission

Join us at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 20

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Nonprofit Brand Review: Prepare Your Organization for 2022

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    ACN News & Advice


    Time To Get Serious About Succession Planning | By ACN President Shailushi Ritchie, Sevah Consulting

    It’s not that people don’t understand what it is or why it’s important, only that it’s uncomfortable to plan for someone’s eventual departure—like planning a funeral when someone is alive and well.  But planning for the departure of one leader and the hiring and establishment of a new leader is critical.

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    Shailushi Ritchie's firm Sevah Consulting provides services to nonprofits in transition with a focus on engaging staff, providing transparency into business operations for Board members, and addressing programmatic and/or operational challenges.  View profile.


    ACN EMPOWER Groups are intended to be forums for like or complementary groups of professionals to empower each other with a diversity of thinking, knowledge, shared experience, perspective, support, intentional networking, business development, and inspiration.

    The groups will be member-driven and self-directed in terms of content, frequency of meetings, duration, number of participants, and general meeting objectives. Participation in EMPOWER Groups is open to all ACN members,including organizational, individual, and associate members.

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    Our Member Organizations Consist of:


    Who We Are. We are a professional society managed by our members on a volunteer basis. Sole practitioners, partnerships, and organizations may join as members.  Our members are primarily experienced consultants representing dozens of areas of expertise, who serve as sole proprietors or leaders of specialized boutique firms. ACN members are:

    Experienced. Our consultants’ practices represent the full range of functions and skills needed by nonprofits of any type, age, or size to thrive. The typical ACN member works with five clients per year on engagements ranging from day-long commitments to year-long projects. 

    Committed. ACN members represent the best of what it means to be committed to helping people. With an average of 10 years in their current consulting practice and 22 years working in the nonprofit sector, our consultants have weathered countless storms alongside their clients – and gotten them safely to shore.

    Collaborative. ACN provides its members the opportunity to collaborate with clients and colleagues alike, in order to provide exceptional service throughout the nonprofit sector. ACN members consistently report collaborating with another member in the prior year. From hosting relevant, timely programming to facilitating networking through pop-up events and online forums, ACN strives to promote the highest caliber of collegiality across sectors.

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    Thank you to our ACN Annual Meeting Platinum Sponsors




    We're especially grateful to this year's platinum sponsors: Journal Sixty Six and Schooley Mitchell.

    We were thrilled to see members, board members, committee volunteers, sponsors, speakers & nonprofits at our 32nd Annual Meeting Friday, June 18. One of our key updates was that we have broken our membership record!

    Read our annual meeting recap

    About Our Nonprofit Consultants:


    Amy Wishnick
    Principal
    Wishnick & Associates, LLC

    "Since joining ACN, I have reaped many benefits. ACN has afforded me the opportunity to be more visible and to increase my reach as a consultant. Each of my national clients has found me through the website. Being part of a smart, dedicated community of colleagues, as well as my experience on the board of directors and as association president, have also been enriching. Being involved makes all the difference.”

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