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:

$4,000,000+

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. There are three ways to volunteer:

  • BVA Projects: Our team-based consulting projects consist of groups of 2-4. These projects last between 2-6 months long. Consultants and clients agree on deliverables and an anticipated completion date prior to the project start.
  • BVA On-Demand: Our one-on-one consulting allows volunteer consultants to help tackle our clients’ pressing issues, organizational challenges, and burning questions. Volunteers serve as coaches and thought partners to help our clients problem solve and address challenges on a short-term, one-off basis.
  • Round Table Facilitator: Volunteers with skills and interest in facilitation and / or coaching may be invited to facilitate a conversation with senior leaders of arts, cultural, and creative organizations. Volunteers will act as guides to create a space for connecting, processing, and empowering in the face of deep challenges.

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.

SUBMIT AN APPLICATION HERE
Upcoming Orientations

Applicants are required to attend a program orientation prior to service. Orientations for volunteers looking to engage in BVA Projects and BVA On-Demand are offered throughout the year and require a one-time participation fee of $125.

Date: Saturday, July 17
Time:
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location:
Virtual

Application Deadline: Friday, July 2

Date: Saturday, October 16 
Time:
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location:
Virtual

Application Deadline: Friday, October 1

Date: Saturday, January 22
Time:
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location:
Virtual

Application Deadline: Friday, January 7

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.

Access BVA Portal Here
Recent Clients Served
Questions?

For more information, contact Darcy Addison, at daddison@artsbiz-chicago.org or 312-372-1876, ext. 105