Consulting Services Program

ACSO's Consulting Services Program provides affordable and accessible consultants to member organizations to strengthen their organizational capacities.

ACSO intends these consultancies to be a learning opportunity. The consultant should not do the organization's work. Rather, the consultant’s role is to listen, teach, and suggest. Consultants won’t solve all of an organization’s problems, but they will help assess or diagnose their current situation and develop strategies to get on the road to resolving the root of any problems, not just the symptoms. ACSO’s consultants are professionals who have expertise in many areas, including board development, cultural facilities planning, financial management, fundraising, strategic/long-range planning, program development, marketing, public relations, community outreach and more.

Through generous support from the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, ACSO offers a consulting services grant to help member organizations fund part of their consultancy. Members may use consultants recommended by ACSO, or research a consultant on their own. Consultants can provide the following services that include, but are not limited to:

  • On-site workshops or consultations in a specific area, such as board development, fundraising, marketing, financial management, and more*;
  • A facilitated assessment of the organization with board and staff;
  • Strategic planning;
  • Examination of an organization’s participation issues regarding audience, artists, and community engagement;
  • Facilitate a staff or board retreat.

*Consultants may also be available for phone consultations.

Members may receive one consulting services grant per fiscal year (subject to review, approval, and availability of funds). Requests must be made six weeks in advance of the proposed consultancy. Organizations are encouraged to speak to ACSO staff before submitting an application. Awards are made to the member organization receiving the consultation; it is then the responsibility of the organization to pay the consultant.

Please contact ACSO at 916-484-6744 or to discuss your needs for a consultancy or any other technical assistance requests.

Funding for this round of consulting services grants is closed. Guidelines and application information will be posted online in early 2017.