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‚Äôs On BOARD program. On BOARD is a unique and exciting leadership training and board matching program that equips experienced professionals with the tools and strategies needed to serve effectively on the Board of Directors of a nonprofit arts organization.

On BOARD Candidates will attend four 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 period, the participants also determine which organization best fits their interests and skills by attending performances and programming, and developing a relationship with the board and staff members. Near the end of the 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. 

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 Teasdale at kteasdale@artsbiz-chicago.org. We look forward to learning more about your interest in the arts and board leadership goals!


Arts & Business Council of Chicago