Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVA)

Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVA) is A&BC’s longest-running service for Chicago-area arts organizations. The BVA service recruits and trains experienced business professionals as volunteers, and then matches them to serve pro bono on consulting projects for small-to-medium sized nonprofit arts organizations throughout the Chicago area. A&BC’s BVA consultants are highly qualified professionals with a minimum of five years of managerial experience and a commitment to working closely with arts organizations on a project basis.

Ready for a Consultant Team?

Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVA) work in consulting groups of two to four and lend their time and talents to work with your staff and board on a variety of business-related projects, including:

  • Job Descriptions/Organizational Chart
  • Market Research
  • Marketing and Branding Plans
  • Operational Analyses
  • Strategic Plans
  • Board/Staff Retreat Facilitations
  • Board Roles/Responsibilities
  • Business Plans
  • Communication Plans
  • Financial Plans
  • Human Resources

*BVA projects do not include: Legal, Fundraising, Graphic Design, IT, or Board Recruitment Plans

BVA projects typically last between 2-6 months. The actual time commitment depends on the nature of the project, but all parties agree on an anticipated outcome and completion date at an initial project meeting. For additional information about project preparation and readiness, please review our FAQ sheet

Processing Fee

There is a flat $250 fee per project to cover administrative costs. This fee is nonrefundable. 

Apply to Receive BVA Service

Applying for a BVA team requires that you be an active client of A&BC. To become a client, please complete this NEW CLIENT APPLICATION. If you are already a client and would like to apply for a BVA team, please complete this short PROJECT PROPOSAL FORM. New Client Applications and BVA Project Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis.

For more information about the BVA program, please contact Sarah Frye, Programs Manager.