On BOARD Candidate Application Packet

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Dear On BOARD Candidate:

Thank you for your interest in the Arts & Business Council of Chicago’s On BOARD program. On BOARD is a unique leadership training and board matching program that equips business leaders with the tools and strategies needed to serve effectively on the Board of Directors of a nonprofit arts organization.

On BOARD Candidates will attend five half-day training sessions on the major aspects of board service including The Structure and Lifecycle of Arts Organizations, Legal & Fiduciary Responsibilities, Funding and Fundraising, and Executive Leadership & Committee Structure.
Throughout this 4-month period, the participants also get to know the arts organizations seeking board members by attending performances and programming, researching the history and goals of the organizations, and developing a relationship with the board and staff members. Toward the end of the 4-month program, arts organizations will offer a board position to a candidate, which, if accepted, will result in election to the organization's Board of Directors. 

Spring 2014 On BOARD Schedule:

Training Sessions:

        Saturdays: April 12, May 17, June 7  9:00am-2:00pm

        Thursday: July 24 4:30-8:00pm

      Arts Organization Presentation & Networking Sessions:

                  Wednesdays, April 16 & 23 5:30-8pm

Graduates of On BOARD stay connected through regular alumni networking & learning opportunities, including workshops, social events, and peer-to-peer discussion sessions. The On BOARD network in Chicago consists of over 230 business professionals from over 100 companies, linked by their common drive to support the arts community at a leadership level. Alumni frequently report that their On BOARD participation has opened up new professional avenues and collaborations.

The tuition fee for the On BOARD training and matching program is $1,600. A modest partial scholarship may be available for individuals working in the nonprofit, higher education, and civic sectors.
Many companies sponsor employee candidates because they recognize board service as a professional leadership development opportunity and a great way to gain corporate visibility in the community. We recommends pursuing sponsorship before applying to the program and can provide documents to assist with this process.

The application process for the On BOARD course is comprehensive and includes a written application, a letter of reference, and an in-person interview. Written materials and signed letters of reference can be returned by mail or electronically at the addresses listed below. All information provided will be kept confidential and used only for program management & reporting purposes. 

If you have any questions about the On BOARD program before applying, please contact Kristen Romans at kromans@artsbiz-chicago.org or call (312) 372-1876 x221.  Application DEADLINE is APRIL 9. We look forward to learning more about your interest in the arts and board leadership goals!


Arts & Business Council of Chicago