Join ACN

ACN is a welcoming, collaborative community that provides nonprofit consultants the opportunity to collaborate with peers and find the tools they need to 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.

Our consultants work with mission-driven organizations across throughout the United States, Canada and beyond.

Benefits by Membership Level

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


Associate Member

Individual Member

Organizational Member

Get found online with an ACN profile via our Find A Consultant page   x x
Receive business opportunity leads when nonprofits and foundations submit an RFP   x x
20% off professional advisor membership with Forefront
  x x
Submit you name/qualifications to speakers bureau

x x
Free Exclusive Membership with Travelcor x x x
Complimentary access to (4) educational programs per year and access to members-only webinars  x x x
Access to online guides and templates for your businessxxx
Discount to attend networking events & Annual Meeting
Discount to Instrumentl for access to grants (2 month free membership)
x x x
Submit to present at the Nonprofit Learning Lab monthly webinar series, Nonprofit Web Advisor's webinar opportunity and Forefront's Ask the Consultant series


x x
Opportunity to submit blog post which is shared with 2,000+ mailing list
x x x
Demonstrate professionalism. Members get access to an ACN badge for your website or profile.
x x x
Access to ACN Members-only Facebook group & LinkedIn Group and listserv: members only google group x x x
Join an EMPOWER Group - affinity groups for members only x x x

Membership Rates

Associate Membership | $150

For students or sole practitioners who are brand new to independent consulting (less than a year). Associate members do not have a public listing on Find a Consultant Directory or receive RFP access. There is a 2-year limit on being an associate member.

Individual Membership | $250

For sole practitioners who have at least two years of experience as a paid consultant.  Individual members have a public listing on Find a Consultant Directory and receive access to RFPs. Provides all benefits for 1 person.

Organizational Membership | $375 

For organizations or firms with two or more people. Each organization can list up to 3 individual profiles in the Find a Consultant Directory OR may list two individual profiles and an organizational page description. All organizational members receive access to RFPs.

Discounts for Forefront Members

Forefront members receive $50 off Organizational and Individual memberships. Associate members are not eligible for a Forefront discount.

Have Questions?

Want to know more?  Please contact Jennifer Heffernan, Association Manager.  She 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
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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