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

From Tired to Inspired

Join us at 9 a.m. Friday, June 18! 

The Annual Meeting is a high point of the ACN calendar for members, nonprofit partners and the community.

We look forward to hearing from Monique Brunson Jones, LCSW--the recently arrived Executive Director of Forefront--as our featured presenter, plus local experts from our members and beyond.

Sponsoring this event typically brings wide visibility across our community; you can also learn more about sponsorship opportunities.  

Learn more, register, & sponsor

We've all heard, and had, experiences of loss and struggle this past year. Balancing those experiences have been inspiration and hope.

In preparation for this year's annual meeting, ACN is gathering members' stories. What inspired you this year?

Share your story via Google form (BY 6/11)

Thank you Platinum Sponsors

More upcoming events

ACN News & Advice

Strategic Visioning: The Time to Think Big Is Now | By ACN Member Amy Schiffman, Evolve Giving Group

Visioning is more creative and comprehensive than a revision to your vision statement. It is the precursor to every strategic plan, feasibility study, and every large-scale campaign. Learn and try a visioning exercise you can do with your team.

Read now

About Amy: Amy Schiffman is president and CEO of Evolve Giving Group. She and her rock star team can be found at www.evolvegivinggroup.com so feel free to reach out with comments or questions. View her profile

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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Make an impact, become an ACN sponsor

ACN has a variety of event sponsorship packages at varying investment levels. Learn more about ACN sponsorships.

Thank you to our ACN Annual Meeting Platinum Sponsors

About Our Nonprofit Consultants:

Amy Wishnick
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.”

ACN Partners

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ACN is a proud to be a Peer Network Affiliate of Forefront

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