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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) connects skilled Chicagoans with arts, cultural, and creative communities in need of assistance. We guide you through our consulting process, match you with the projects that are of interest to you, and empower you to get things done!

How it Works

Applicants who complete an orientation are added to our volunteer corps. Members receive monthly communications with upcoming volunteer opportunities, opt into the projects of their choice and, if a match, are appointed to their selection(s).

Our team-based consulting projects consist of groups of 2-6. These projects usually require 15-20 hours of service per month and 2-6 months of availability. Though the actual commitment depends on the nature of the project, consultants and clients agree on an anticipated completion date—and outcome—prior to the project start.

Become a Volunteer

Are you ready to be of service, lend your abilities, and champion the city’s creative economy? BVA welcomes applications from Chicagoans in a variety of vocational fields, including: nonprofit and business administration; marketing, media relations, and public relations; strategic and business planning; accounting and finance; leadership and talent development; real estate and asset management; and human resources.

Volunteer applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. We will contact you to confirm receipt, and schedule an introductory interview, following application submission.

Upcoming Orientations

Please note: Applicants are required to attend a program orientation prior to service. Orientations are offered four times a year and require a one-time participation fee of $125.

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Chicago Public Library – Hall Branch, 4801 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60615

Application Deadline: Sunday, October 13, 2019

BVA Portal

Our consultants receive access to the BVA Portal, an online dashboard of volunteer opportunities, nonprofit management resources, project samples, and more. Please note: This information is confidential and should not be shared with individuals outside the program.

BVA Portal

For more information on BVA, email Kenneth Franco at kfranco@artsbiz-chicago.org or call 312.372.1876 ext. 102.