We’re excited to announce our Summer Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVA) class! We welcomed seven new consultants to our cohort that come from a variety of professional backgrounds. As the founding program of the Arts & Business Council of Chicago, BVA recruits business professionals, trains them in nonprofit practice, and matches them to serve on pro-bono consulting projects for small-to-medium-sized arts nonprofits throughout the Chicago area. Here are our new BVAs.
Sears Holding Corp
Willis Towers Watson
University of Illinois-Chicago
Senior Financial Specialist
NORC at the University of Chicago
Consultants utilize their 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 consultants opportunities to build their networks, strengthen their business skills, and contribute meaningfully to the arts. In 2017, our BVAs contributed 1,917 pro bono consulting hours, valued at $287,550!
The Arts & Business Council of Chicago is committed to helping strengthen non-profit arts organizations. We do this by building working relationships between arts organizations and highly-qualified business professionals, providing training in all aspects of management and board function, and conducting research in leading and emerging issues related to the world of arts nonprofits. To find out more about who we are and what we do, visit our website today.