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. As thought leaders in this focused and ever-changing sector, our members provide organizations with a rich resource of expertise, education and experience.

Mission Statement
The Association of Consultants to Nonprofits promotes the expertise of its professional members to serve the needs of the nonprofit community.

Vision Statement
Increase the capacity of nonprofit sector through building: the professionalism and capacity of its membership as career, committed consultants; opportunities for foundations, nonprofits and consultants to collaborate and share resources; and the visibility and reputation of the organization as a regional presence.


Upcoming Events


Next ACN Happy Hour this Tuesday, April 13!

Free for members & nonprofit leaders, nominal cost for non-member consultants (discount for Forefront members)

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Learn more & register for
Ask a consultant: Using Data to Communicate Impact & Storytelling on Wednesday, May 12 


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The Business of Doing Business on Thursday, May 13 

ACN News & Advice


Your Nonprofit Leadership Style: The Game | By ACN Members Mindy Faber and Margaret Conway

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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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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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