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:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Communications & Marketing
  • Income Generation
  • Human Resources
  • Business & Financial Planning
  • Data Analysis
  • Board Structure & Operations
  • Retreat Facilitations

A&BC does not provide the following services: Executive Searches, IT, Website Development, Fundraising and Contributed Revenue Planning, or Legal. However, these agencies offer some of these services to not for profit organizations at no or low-cost:

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

Project proposals are accepted three times a year.

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. Not all project proposals can be accepted.

Proposal Opens: Thursday, April 1

Proposal Deadline: Tuesday, June 1

Estimated Project Launch: Monday, August 2

Proposal Opens: Thursday, July 1

Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, September 1

Estimated Project Launch: Monday, November 1

Proposal Opens: Friday, October 1

Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, December 1

Estimated Project Launch Date: Tuesday, February 1



  • We require that you submit a New Client application and schedule an Intake Meeting before applying for a BVA project.
  • 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, contact Darcy Addison at or 312-372-1876, ext. 105