Business Volunteers for the Arts® 2020-02-18T13:30:55-06:00

Business Volunteers for the Arts®

Business Volunteers for the Arts delivered over 25,000 hours of pro bono consulting services between 2009 and 2018. The value of their contribution, in dollars and cents:


Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA) recruits skilled Chicagoans, trains them in nonprofit practice, and matches them with arts, cultural, and creative organizations in need of assistance. Our consultants are thoroughly vetted, highly-qualified individuals who have subject-matter expertise and a demonstrated commitment to the arts.

Are You Ready for a Project?

Consultants work in groups of 2-4 and lend their abilities in a variety of business-related project areas, including:

  • Business Planning
  • Communications Planning (Marketing, Public Relations & Branding)
  • Data Analysis
  • Financial Planning
  • Human Resources
  • Market Research
  • Retreat Facilitations
  • Strategic Planning

Service areas not currently offered: Fundraising, legal, graphic design, information technology, and board recruitment planning. 

Time commitment is dependent on the nature of the project with most projects lasting between 2-6 months. Clients and consultants agree on an anticipated completion date--as well as outcome--prior to the project start.

Processing Fee
Your Annual Budget Project Fee
Under $500,000 $350
$500,000 - 1,000,000 $450
$1,000,000 - 1,500,000 $550
$1,500,000 - 2,500,000  $950
Above $2,500,000 $1,450
Submitting a Project Proposal

BVA is currently in the process of developing and implementing a competitive proposal review process to ensure all projects—and the opportunities provided to its volunteer consultants—are aligned with the Arts & Business Council of Chicago's evolving areas of focus.

In the coming weeks we’ll be sharing additional details on our new project selection process, a timeline for the approval of our 2020 projects, and a new, exciting option for engaging with BVA. Stay tuned in for more!


  • We require that you be an active A&BC client before applying for a BVA project. A&BC is not accepting new clients at this time.
  • Organizations must have proof of General Liability insurance coverage to participate in BVA.

For more information, email Noemi Garcia at or call 312.372.1876 ext. 103.