Consulting Services Program

ACSO's Consulting Services Program provides affordable and accessible consultantations to member organizations to strengthen their organizational capacities.
Through generous support from the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, ACSO supports requests for professional consultants by member organizations in the areas of board development, organizational structure, fundraising, artistic planning, program development, marketing and audience development, financial management, and strategic/long range planning.
ACSO intends these consultancies to be a learning opportunity. The consultant should not do the organization's work and won't solve all of an organization's problems. Rather, the consultant’s role is to listen, teach, suggest, and 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.

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;
  • Facilitated assessment of the organization with board and staff;
  • 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.

Organizations are required 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. All consultants and organizations will be responsible for negotiating terms and fees with prospective clients. ACSO will not be involved in this process in any manner.

Click here to download the official guidelines and application instructions.

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

Consulting Services Program Grants are available throughout the year to member organizations on a first-come, first served basis and are subject to approval and availability of funds.