Business Volunteers for the Arts® 2020-01-17T11:53:23-06:00

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 Retreat Facilitations Management Consulting
<$450,000 $300 $300
$450,000 – $850,000 $300 $500
>$850,000 $300 $700
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. (It’s also a way for us to ensure both nonprofit organizations and volunteer consultants enjoy the best project experience possible!)

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.