Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA) is a pro bono consulting program that connects skilled business professionals with nonprofit arts and culture organizations in need of high-level business assistance. BVA is a national program under the leadership and coordination of the Arts & Business Council of Americans for the Arts. Since 1975, thousands of business professionals have shared their expertise in board development, strategic planning, fundraising as well as other talents on a wide range of consulting projects through BVA.
The BVA program currently exists in 14 cities including New York, Chicago and Boston. The network of BVA organizations strive to help nonprofit arts organizations improve their business practices and provide rewarding opportunities for business professionals who wish to contribute to their community and become directly involved with the arts. BVA helps nonprofit organizations improve management practices and provides high-caliber consulting services that might otherwise be unavailable. The program is viewed as an excellent staff retention tool and is strongly endorsed by the Houston business community including Vinson & Elkins, LLP, Haynes and Boone, LLP, as well as the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP). The program stresses the reciprocal relationship between business and the arts that forges creative partnerships and connections.
About the Projects
Project times vary from three to nine or even twelve months. Typical projects can include business and marketing plans, entrepreneurial plans for increased earned revenue, PR/communications, strategic plans, staff/volunteer training, or analysis of financial systems, technology systems, human resource/staffing systems. Some projects are more specialized, (e.g., events, real estate, legal).
BVAs are not expected to become members, subscribers, donors, or trustees of the arts organizations they may be assisting, but it is not a surprise that some are asked to join arts boards. Some use the experience to enhance their training for board service whereas others may use the experience to build their own professional skill sets/portfolios. Each application can be found below.
For more information on Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA), please contact Carolyn Hays at 713.581.6129 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business Volunteers for the Arts® is a program of Americans for the Arts used by permission and supported locally in part by Houston Endowment Inc.