Arts Management Resources

Starting a Nonprofit

Guide

• National Council of Nonprofits: How to Start a Nonprofit
https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/tools-resources/how-start-nonprofit

• Wild Apricot: 6 Steps to Start a Nonprofit the Right Way and Get Your First Paying Members
https://www.wildapricot.com/blogs/newsblog/2017/05/24/how-to-start-a-nonprofit

Articles

• The Balance: 7 Steps to Starting a Successful 501(c)(3) Charitable Nonprofit https://www.thebalance.com/starting-a-501-c-3-charitable-nonprofit-2502145

• Startup Savant: How to Form a Nonprofit in Virginia
https://startupsavant.com/how-to-form-a-nonprofit-in-virginia/

• Cullinane Law Group: Ready to start a nonprofit? What do I need to consider before starting a new nonprofit organization? (The Basics)
https://cullinanelaw.com/what-to-consider-before-starting-a-new-nonprofit-organization/

Sample Incorporation

• IRS Incorporation Forms & Information
https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/state-nonprofit-incorporation-forms-and-information

• The Balance: What are Article of Incorporation?
https://www.thebalance.com/articles-of-incorporation-for-nonprofits-2501887

Sample Bylaws

• MissionBox: Article & Samples
https://www.missionbox.com/article/41/board-bylaws-for-us-nonprofits-drafting-your-organizations-rulebook

• NH Center for Nonprofits: Sample Bylaws
http://www.nhnonprofits.org/resource-center/sample-documents-and-templates

IRS Information

https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits

State of Virginia Information

https://www.virginia.gov/

 

 

Nonprofit Boards

Guides

• Wild Apricot: How To Build an Effective Nonprofit Board – The Complete Guide https://www.wildapricot.com/articles/build-an-effective-nonprofit-board

• Nonprofit AnswerGuide: Boards & Governance http://nonprofitanswerguide.org/boards-governance/

Article

Nonprofit Quarterly: Nonprofit Board Responsibilities https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2017/08/21/nonprofit-board-governance-responsibilities-basic-guide/

Board Job Descriptions

The Bridgespan Group: Board Job Descriptions https://www.bridgespan.org/insights/library/hiring/nonprofit-job-description-toolkit/board-job-descriptions

BoardSource
https://boardsource.org/

 

 

Employment and Personnel

Guides

• The Bridgespan Group: A Guide for Nonprofit Organizations when Hiring Senior Managers
https://www.bridgespan.org/insights/library/hiring/guide-for-hiring-senior-managers

• The Bridgespan Group: Nonprofit Hiring Toolkit
https://www.bridgespan.org/insights/library/hiring/nonprofit-hiring-toolkit

Article

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Three Nonprofit Hiring Mistakes to Avoid
https://ssir.org/articles/entry/three_nonprofit_hiring_mistakes_to_avoid

Sample Job Descriptions
• The Balance: Nonprofit Job Titles and Descriptions
https://www.thebalance.com/nonprofit-job-titles-2061503

• NH Center for Nonprofits: Sample Documents & Templates
http://www.nhnonprofits.org/resource-center/sample-documents-and-templates

 

 

Program Planning and Evaluation

Planning Guides

• Americans for the Arts: Start a Program
https://www.americansforthearts.org/by-program/services-and-training/services-for-your-organization/start-a-program

• National Council of Nonprofits: Strategic Planning for Nonprofits
https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/tools-resources/strategic-planning-nonprofits

Evaluation Guides

• Kellogg Foundation: Step-by-Step Guide to Evaluation
https://www.wkkf.org/resource-directory/resource/2010/w-k-kellogg-foundation-evaluation-handbook

• National Endowment for the Arts: Resources on Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement
https://www.arts.gov/artistic-fields/research-analysis/program-evaluation-resources-and-performance-measurement

 

 

Arts Education

Guide

Americans for the Arts: Arts Education Field Guide
https://www.americansforthearts.org/sites/default/files/pdf/networks/arts_education/AFTA_FG_hires.pdf

Resources

• National Guild for Community Arts Education
http://nationalguild.org/Home.aspx

• The Wallace Foundation: Arts Education
http://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/arts-education/pages/default.aspx

• National Arts Education Association
https://www.arteducators.org/

• Americans for the Arts
https://www.americansforthearts.org/

 

Accessiblity

ARTSFAIRFAX believes arts experiences should be accessible to everyone. As society changes, so must arts organizations adapt to meet the changing needs of its audiences and community. The tools and resources in this section are intended to provide arts organizations with assistance in making their programs and facilities accessible to people with disabilities.

  • DC Arts & Access : 
    A consortium of arts leaders from the Washington, DC metropolitan area, who focus on making their cultural venues and programs accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Kennedy Center:
    A professional network focused on expanding the breadth and scope of accessibility services and programming across the country. Holds an annual conference and has a range of resources on its site.
  • Theatre Development Fund:
    A New York City non-profit that provides a range of accessibility services to its member organizations. A good overview of the types of audio and visual aids available.
  • Didlake:
    Provides services to people with disabilities, including job opportunities, day support  and services to local businesses. An example of a potential community partner that can help organizations connect with these prospective audiences.
  • Arts Midwest Accessibility Center:
    One of six regional arts organizations, Arts Midwest has compiled an accessibility toolbox for arts organizations. Although there is some overlap with the resources here, it provides a succinct set of links and information for cultural organizations.
  • Design for Accessibility:
    This management handbook is designed to help organizations not only comply with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, but also to assist in making access an integral part of planning, mission, programs, outreach, meetings, budget and staffing.

 

Marketing

Guide

Nonprofit Information: The Marketing Matrix – 6 Elements of a Nonprofit Marketing Plan
http://nonprofitinformation.com/nonprofit-marketing-plan-elements/

Articles

• Arts Management & Technology Laboratory: 10 Arts Marketing Tips To Fuel Change In Your Nonprofit
http://amt-lab.org/blog/2016/11/10-arts-marketing-tips-that-will-fuel-your-nonprofit

• Inside Philanthropy: Cracking the Code – A Foundation Shows Arts Organizations How to Engage Millennials
https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2017/5/6/wallace-foundation-audience-engagment

Visit Fairfax Calendar

http://www.fxva.com/events/

Conferences

• National Arts Marketing Conference 2018
http://namp.americansforthearts.org/get-smarter/conference

• National Arts Marketing, Development & Ticketing Conference 2018
http://artsreach.com/conference.php?id=13

Email Marketing

• Arts Hacker: Who Should Receive Your Email Newsletter?
https://artshacker.com/who-should-receive-your-email-newsletter/

• Act On: 5 Email Marketing Tips for Nonprofit Organizations
https://www.act-on.com/blog/5-email-marketing-tips-for-nonprofit-organizations/

• Wired Impact: 10 Tips for Your Nonprofit’s Email Newsletter Design
https://wiredimpact.com/blog/nonprofit-email-newsletter-design/

Creating a Website

• National Arts Marketing Project/Americans for the Arts: 5 Rules for Arts Organization Websites
https://namp.americansforthearts.org/2012/04/04/five-rules-for-arts-organization-websites

• Top Nonprofits: 20 Best Nonprofit Websites – 2017 Edition
https://topnonprofits.com/lists/best-nonprofit-websites/

Research

• Performing Arts Ticket Buyer Media Usage Study – Whitepaper

 

 

Funding and Support

Guides and Articles

• Society for Nonprofits: Fundraising Guide
https://www.snpo.org/funding/

• National Council of Nonprofits: Fundraising Tools & Resources
https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/tools-resources-categories/fundraising

• EveryAction: The Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide
https://blog.everyaction.com/nonprofit-fundraising-strategic-plan-guide
Sample Grant Applications

• The Balance: How to Write a Winning Grant Proposal in 11 Steps
https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-write-a-grant-proposal-2501980

• Grant Space: Samples & Other Resources
http://grantspace.org/

National Endowment for the Arts

https://www.arts.gov/

Virginia Commission for the Arts

http://www.arts.virginia.gov/

Foundation Center

http://foundationcenter.org/

Requests

• Wiki How: How to Write a Letter Requesting Sponsorship
https://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Letter-Requesting-Sponsorship

• The Balance: 6 Examples of Effective Fundraising Letters
https://www.thebalance.com/examples-of-effective-fundraising-letters-2502074

Acknowledgment

• Thank You Letter – Sample
https://images.template.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/13060434/Download-Donation-Acknowledgement-Letter-Sample-PDF-for-Free.pdf

• National Council of Nonprofits: Gift acknowledgements – Saying ‘thank you’ to donors
https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/tools-resources/saying-thank-you-to-donors

• The Balance: The Link between Donation Acknowledgment Letters and Taxes
https://www.thebalance.com/the-link-between-donor-acknowledgement-letters-and-taxes-2501853

• EveryAction: 6 Effective Ways to Thank Donors for a Lasting Relationship
https://blog.everyaction.com/6-effective-ways-to-thank-donors-for-a-lasting-relationship

 

 

Conferences & Workshops

Americans for the Arts: Annual Convention 2018
http://convention.artsusa.org/

Americans for the Arts: National Arts Marketing Project Conference
http://namp.americansforthearts.org/get-smarter/conference

National Arts Marketing, Development & Ticketing Conference 2018
http://artsreach.com/conference.php?id=13

Arts & Science Council (ASC): Workshops & Training for Organizations
https://www.artsandscience.org/programs/for-creative-individuals-organizations/workshops-training/workshops-training-organizations/

Virginia Association of Museums: Workshop Series
http://www.vamuseums.org/?page=WorkshopSeries

Arts Reach

http://www.artsreach.com/