Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVA) is A&BC's longest-running service for Chicago-area arts organizations. The BVA service recruits and trains experienced business professionals as volunteers, and then matches them to serve pro bono on consulting projects for small-to-medium sized nonprofit arts organizations throughout the Chicago area. A&BC's BVA consultants are highly qualified professionals with a minimum of five years of managerial experience and a commitment to working closely with arts organizations on a project basis.
New BVA consultants are required to attend a 3-hour orientation before their first project to help translate their for-profit work to the nonprofit arts community.
Registration is now open for the Fall 2017 Orientation, taking place on October 20 from 2:00 - 5:00 P.M. in downtown Chicago. The deadline to submit applications is September 29.
Once participants complete the BVA Orientation, they receive twice-monthly bulletins listing available projects. If interested, BVAs with complementary skills are placed on a specific project as part of a two-to-four member team. Projects typically require 15-20 hours of work per month and range from two to six months long. The actual time commitment depends on the nature of the project, but all parties agree on an anticipated outcome and completion date at an initial project launch meeting.
BVA project areas include business planning, communications, financial planning, HR, marketing and market research, operational analyses, retreat facilitations, strategic planning, and many more.
If you're ready to get more involved in the arts and would like to apply your business skills as a pro-bono consultant for the Arts & Business Council, contact Sarah Frye (Programs Manager) at email@example.com.
The mission of the Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC) is to strengthen non-profit arts organizations by bringing resources and expertise to the sector through consulting provided by highly qualified business professionals, training in all aspects of management and board functions, research in leading and emerging issues, relationships that bridge the arts community and businesses.