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) 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 two 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.

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.

Upcoming Project Orientations

Applicants are required to attend a program orientation prior to service. Orientations are offered throughout the year and require a one-time participation fee of $125.

Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Application Deadline: Sunday, February 21, 2021

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Application Deadline: Sunday, April 25

Upcoming On-Demand Consulting Orientations

Interested in participating in one-on-one consulting engagements? After completing the online application, volunteers must attend an orientation prior to participating (see dates below). This requires a one-time orientation participation fee of $35.

Orientations are held on the following Saturdays:

  • 2021 Dates TBA

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

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