Business Volunteers for the Arts®

Business Volunteers for the Arts delivered over 27,000 hours of pro bono consulting services between 2009 and 2019. 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 BVA 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?

Our BVA 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.

Submitting a Project Proposal

We accept project proposals for review twice a year as part of a competitive project selection process. Up to 5 projects will be selected each round.

When reviewing proposals, we take into consideration: the population and geographic area(s) that your organization serves, the racial and gender composition of your organization’s leadership, and how your project fits in with the existing project portfolio as well as the other proposals submitted.

Project Proposal Deadlines:

  • Round 2: November 1, 2020
    • Projects will launch in February, or earlier if capacity exists
Submit a Proposal


  • 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.
Processing Fee
Your Annual Budget Project Fee
Under $500,000 $350
$500,000 – 1,000,000 $450
$1,000,000 – 1,500,000 $550
$1,500,000 – 2,500,000 $950
Above $2,500,000 $1,450
Recent Clients Served

For more information, email Noemi Garcia, Director of Consulting Services at or call 312.372.1876 ext. 103.