Business Volunteers Contribute $5 Million to the Arts
5 March 2009 at 2:13 pm
Business volunteers have contributed $5 million in skills and time to the arts through adviceBank and boardBank – skilled volunteering programs run by the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF).
adviceBank matches business volunteers with arts and cultural organisations to work on projects in areas such as business planning, marketing, and information technology. boardBank matches business people with vacancies on arts boards.
AbaF has organised more than 650 placements around Australia since the programs were established, and is encouraging more registrations through its website, www.abaf.org.au/volunteering.
There is no charge to the arts organisation or the volunteers for participating in the volunteering programs.
AbaF CEO Jane Haley says skilled volunteering is good for both parties. The cultural organisation benefits from access to business expertise that the organisation doesn’t have internally, and couldn’t afford to pay for.
Haley says the volunteer gets a buzz out of applying their knowledge in a different, creative environment, and honing their communication and mentoring skills.
More importantly, she says that during this financial downturn, when cash is not so readily available, skilled volunteering is an effective way for businesses to make a contribution to the community.
Wesley Enoch, artistic director of the National Indigenous Theatre Company says adviceBank is one of the secrets which every artist should find out about.
he says it’s great to meet dedicated and talented people who can be both detached and enthusiastic for a project.
adviceBank is also available to individual visual artists.
People interested in volunteering or in securing a business volunteer can register at AbaF’s website www.abaf.org.au/volunteering.