About Us

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.

Our Mission and Vision

Mission Statement

The Association of Consultants to Nonprofits is the premier society of independent consultants who specialize in developing, sustaining and supporting nonprofits.

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.

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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Gordon Mayer
Owner, Gordon Mayer Communications
ACN Member

"In 2018 I got call out of the blue from a colleague I knew three or four jobs ago that led to a five-month consulting project making the case for reforms to eviction court.  I asked him how he heard about me and he said he recognized my name as soon as he saw it on the list of member communications consultants on the ACN website.  That one project more than paid the cost of my annual membership! "

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