Join ACN


ACN is a welcoming, collaborative community that provides nonprofit consultants the opportunity to meet prospects, collaborate with peers, and grow their business.

Through our 30 years of experience, we go beyond business—helping you build real connection and a community of coworkers, friends and mentors in diverse nonprofit practice areas so you don't have to go it alone.

Rooted in Chicago, our consultants work with mission-driven organizations across our region and beyond.

ACN Membership Benefits

For your business...

  • Get found online with an ACN profile via our Find-A-Consultant page

  • Receive business opportunity leads when nonprofits and foundations submit an RFP

  • Demonstrate professionalism.  Joining ACN means adhering to our code of professional standards and ethical behavior.  Members get access to an ACN badge for your website or profile.

  • Get a discount.  ACN members receive 20% off professional advisor membership with Illinois’ statewide association of grantmakers, nonprofits and advisors, Forefront.

For you...

  • Join a member-led community of consultants who learn from each other and network in person and online (including member email list and members-only Facebook group).

  • Attend for free at Chicago and suburbs monthly coffees and quarterly educational events, and register clients or other guests for educational events at discounted rates.  See what’s next on our Events page.

  • Learn and share expertise.  Notes from past events, tip sheets, and other resources are available in our members-only online space.   As a member-led organization, you can join a committee, help plan one of our well-attended events, or submit posts for our blog.

Invest in your own work and brand, help prospective clients find you and gain access to a small but mighty community of consultants offering expertise in more than two dozen areas of nonprofit and foundation programs, strategy, operations, fundraising and other areas.

Membership Rates

Organizational Membership | $375 

Provides all benefits for firms of 2 or more people.

Individual Membership | $250

Provides all benefits for 1 person.

Associate Membership | $150

Does not include public listing on Find a Consultant page or RFP access. For students or sole practitioners who are new to independent consulting with fewer than 3 paid clients and/or 2 years paid consulting engagements.  There is a 2-year limit on being an associate member.

Discounts for Forefront Members

Forefront members receive $50 off Organizational and Individual memberships.

Have Questions?

Want to know more?  Please contact Gregg Mellinger, VP Membership.  He can answer questions, or will be happy to connect you with an ACN member who can share their own perspective on the benefits of joining us.


Andrew Clarke
President
Ground Floor Partners

"After trying out several other organizations for consultants in the Chicago area,  I decided to join ACN a few years ago. My experience has been extremely positive. ACN is everything an association should be: professional, collaborative, engaging, and active. Members are friendly and people really seem to enjoy themselves. I have made some great professional and personal connections here and look forward to getting more involved in the future...”

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