Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA), a program matching business professionals with arts organizations needing skills-based consulting expertise to meet their mission and expand their impact in the community, was “relaunched” by Arizona Citizens for the Arts at a celebration during Pro Bono Week this past October. BVA suspended operations in 2012 with the closing of the Arts and Business Council of Greater Phoenix. With funding from Wells Fargo and under management by Arizona Citizens for the Arts, BVA was reintroduced to the community at a celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at Wells Fargo History Museum in downtown Phoenix.
“Business Volunteers for the Arts® brings together professionals in a range of business specialties with arts organizations looking for specific skills to help build their capacity, improve their business practices and assist in growth and reach,” said Catherine “Rusty” Foley, executive director of Arizona Citizens for the Arts.
BVA volunteers provide support in areas of expertise including accounting, finance, law, marketing, public relations, human resources, strategic planning, information technology, graphic design and event planning. BVA provides full training for volunteers before matching them with arts organizations. For now, Foley said matches will be limited to organizations operating in the City of Phoenix.
Funding for the relaunch was provided by Wells Fargo through a $50,000 NeighborhoodLIFT grant.
“Community support is at the heart of Wells Fargo’s Vision & Values and we are proud to support nonprofits like Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts in their efforts to help strengthen and stabilize Phoenix communities,” said Pam Conboy, Wells Fargo Arizona Lead Regional President.
Click to view the following video from Arizona Horizon, which includes an interview with Robin Hanson, a business volunteer from Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts, detailing the program's relaunch in Arizona.
You, too, can launch Business Volunteers for the Arts® in your own community! Arts organizations and volunteers interested in participating in Business Volunteers for the Arts® can visit AmericansForTheArts.org to submit an application.