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Business Volunteers for the Arts


Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVA) strengthens the management of nonprofit arts organizations and provides business professionals with experiential learning by engaging them as volunteer management consultants.

BVA volunteers consult with arts and cultural organizations in areas such as strategic planning, financial management, marketing, public relations, special event planning and human resources.

Our success is longstanding. The Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia has provided this program since 1981 and is among 15 Arts & Business Council affiliates nationwide to offer BVA since the national Arts & Business Council launched the program in 1975.

Each year the Council oversees about 50 new BVA consulting projects, which generally last from 3 to 12 months.

Benefits of Involvement

  • Arts managers receive critical business expertise to strengthen current operations and acquire new skills for the future.
  • Business professionals broaden their leadership skills by serving as consultants to nonprofit organizations and gain first-hand knowledge of the region's cultural landscape.
  • Dynamic partnerships that bridge the arts and business sectors strengthen the cultural and economic vitality of the Greater Philadelphia Region.

Program Impact

To date, Business Volunteers for the Arts has served hundreds of arts and cultural organizations across the region, thanks to the involvement of more than 600 dedicated business professionals. These consulting services are valued at $8 million—and counting.


Contact Eileen Cunniffe, Director, Business + Technology Services at 215.790.3621 or


Business Volunteers for the Arts is presented
with Producer Circle Support by:

Ernst and Young

200 South Broad Street, Suite 700 | Philadelphia, PA 19102-3896 | Tel: 215.790.3620 | PVLA: 215.790.3836 x1