Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVA)

The Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVA) program recruits experienced business professionals who are interested in skills-based volunteer opportunities, trains them, and matches them to serve on pro-bono consulting projects for small-to-medium-sized arts nonprofits in the Chicago area. A&BC’s BVA consultants are thoroughly vetted, highly-qualified business professionals who have a demonstrated commitment to applying their skills to benefit arts organizations.

Ready for a Consultant Team?

BVA consultants work in groups of two to four and use their time and talents to work with your staff and board on a variety of business-related projects, including:

  • Board/Staff Retreat Facilitations
  • Board Roles/Responsibilities
  • Business Plans
  • Communication Plans
  • Financial Plans
  • Human Resources

  • Job Descriptions/Organizational Chart
  • Market Research
  • Marketing and Branding Plans
  • Operational Analyses
  • Strategic Plans

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

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

Processing Fee

A flat, non-refundable $250 per-project fee covers administrative costs.

Apply to Receive BVA Service

Applying for a BVA project requires that you be an active A&BC client. To become a client, please complete a New Client Application.

If you’re already a client and would like to apply for a BVA project, please complete this short BVA Project Proposal. New Client Applications and BVA Project Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis.

For more information about the BVA program, please contact Sarah Frye at or (312) 372-1876 ext. 102.