Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVA)
Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVA) is an A&BC program that connects business professionals to arts nonprofits. We train you in nonprofit practice and match you to serve on pro-bono consulting projects for small-to-medium-sized arts nonprofits throughout the Chicago area.
You’ll utilize your professional skills on a project basis to help strengthen the management and organizational capacity of arts nonprofits with limited resources. At the same time, the program gives you opportunities to build your networks, strengthen your business skills, and contribute meaningfully to the arts.
Since 2009, BVA volunteers have contributed more than 25,000 pro bono hours, valued at more than $3,800,000.
Become a BVA Consultant
To qualify to become a BVA consultant, you should have a minimum of five years of professional managerial experience. A&BC looks for candidates with expertise in marketing, public relations, strategic and business planning, accounting and financial management, information technology and human resources.
If you’d like to apply to become a BVA consultant, please fill out a Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVA) Candidate Application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. After your application is reviewed, you’ll be contacted for an interview. There’s a one-time administrative fee of $100 to participate in the BVA program.
Preparing You for Success
As a new BVA consultant, you’ll attend a BVA Orientation before starting on a project. The BVA Orientation is offered four times a year – winter, spring, summer and fall – on Friday afternoons from 2 – 5 pm in downtown Chicago.
2018 Orientation Schedule
- Spring: April 27 (application deadline is April 14)
- Summer: August 3 (application deadline is July 21)
- Fall: October 19 (application deadline is September 29)
Once you complete the BVA Orientation, you’ll be added to the ranks of active consultants and receive twice-monthly bulletins listing available projects. Consultants are matched on specific projects as part of a two-to-four member team.
The pro-bono projects usually require 15-20 hours of work per month and range from two to six months long. The actual time commitment depends on the nature of the specific project, but all parties agree on an expected outcome and completion date at an initial project meeting.
For more information, please contact Sarah Frye at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 372-1876 ext. 102.
Once you complete the BVA Orientation, you’ll also receive access to the BVA Portal, an online hub for finding resources, articles, and sample projects to help you as a BVA consultant. This will be your main resource when working on a BVA project. This information is confidential and should not be shared with others outside of the BVA program. Click here to access the Portal.