Business Volunteers for the Arts® 2020-03-31T12:29:11-05:00

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

How it Works

Applicants who complete training are added to our volunteer corps. Members receive semi-monthly communications with volunteer opportunities and opt into the upcoming projects or events of their choice. There are two ways to volunteer:

  • Team-based Consulting: Our team-based consulting projects consist of groups of 2-4. These projects usually require 10-15 hours of service per month and last between 2-6 months long. Though the actual commitment depends on the nature of the project, consultants and clients agree on deliverables and an anticipated completion date prior to the project start. Volunteers express interest in these projects and, if a match, are appointed to the project team.
  • One-on-One Consulting: Our one-on-one, in-person events allow volunteer consultants to tackle our clients’ pressing issues, organizational challenges, and burning questions in real time. These events are held on Saturdays, require 4 hours of service, and may be selected from any number of upcoming Think & Do Tank dates.
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 but not limited to: 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; visual and UX/UI design; and human resources.

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

Upcoming Project Orientations

Applicants are required to attend a program orientation prior to service. Orientations are offered throughout the year and require a one-time participation fee of $125.

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Virtual Meeting

Application Deadline: Sunday, April 26, 2020

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Application Deadline: Sunday, Sept 6, 2020

On-Demand Consulting Training

Interested in participating in one-on-one consulting at a Think & Do Tank? After completing the online application, volunteers must attend a brief, 1-hour online orientation prior to participating.

Upcoming training dates:

  • May 16
  • Jun 6
  • Jun 27
  • Aug 22
  • Oct 3
  • Oct 31

Sign Up
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 Noemi Garcia at or call 312.372.1876 ext. 103.