Arts Management Resources

Starting a Nonprofit


• National Council of Nonprofits: How to Start a Nonprofit

• Wild Apricot: 6 Steps to Start a Nonprofit the Right Way and Get Your First Paying Members


• The Balance: 7 Steps to Starting a Successful 501(c)(3) Charitable Nonprofit

• Startup Savant: 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)

Sample Incorporation

• IRS Incorporation Forms & Information

• The Balance: What are Article of Incorporation?

Sample Bylaws

• MissionBox: Article & Samples

• NH Center for Nonprofits: Sample Bylaws

IRS Information

State of Virginia Information



Nonprofit Boards


• Wild Apricot: How To Build an Effective Nonprofit Board – The Complete Guide

• Nonprofit AnswerGuide: Boards & Governance


Nonprofit Quarterly: Nonprofit Board Responsibilities

Board Job Descriptions

The Bridgespan Group: Board Job Descriptions




Employment and Personnel


• The Bridgespan Group: A Guide for Nonprofit Organizations when Hiring Senior Managers

• The Bridgespan Group: Nonprofit Hiring Toolkit


Stanford Social Innovation Review: Three Nonprofit Hiring Mistakes to Avoid

Sample Job Descriptions
• The Balance: Nonprofit Job Titles and Descriptions

• NH Center for Nonprofits: Sample Documents & Templates



Program Planning and Evaluation

Planning Guides

• Americans for the Arts: Start a Program

• National Council of Nonprofits: Strategic Planning for Nonprofits

Evaluation Guides

• Kellogg Foundation: Step-by-Step Guide to Evaluation

• National Endowment for the Arts: Resources on Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement



Arts Education


Americans for the Arts: Arts Education Field Guide


• National Guild for Community Arts Education

• The Wallace Foundation: Arts Education

• National Arts Education Association

• Americans for the Arts





Nonprofit Information: The Marketing Matrix – 6 Elements of a Nonprofit Marketing Plan


• Arts Management & Technology Laboratory: 10 Arts Marketing Tips To Fuel Change In Your Nonprofit

• Inside Philanthropy: Cracking the Code – A Foundation Shows Arts Organizations How to Engage Millennials

Visit Fairfax Calendar


• National Arts Marketing Conference 2018

• National Arts Marketing, Development & Ticketing Conference 2018

Email Marketing

• Arts Hacker: Who Should Receive Your Email Newsletter?

• Act On: 5 Email Marketing Tips for Nonprofit Organizations

• Wired Impact: 10 Tips for Your Nonprofit’s Email Newsletter Design

Creating a Website

• National Arts Marketing Project/Americans for the Arts: 5 Rules for Arts Organization Websites

• Top Nonprofits: 20 Best Nonprofit Websites – 2017 Edition


• Performing Arts Ticket Buyer Media Usage Study – Whitepaper



Funding and Support

Guides and Articles

• Society for Nonprofits: Fundraising Guide

• National Council of Nonprofits: Fundraising Tools & Resources

• EveryAction: The Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide
Sample Grant Applications

• The Balance: How to Write a Winning Grant Proposal in 11 Steps

• Grant Space: Samples & Other Resources

National Endowment for the Arts

Virginia Commission for the Arts

Foundation Center


• Wiki How: How to Write a Letter Requesting Sponsorship

• The Balance: 6 Examples of Effective Fundraising Letters


• Thank You Letter – Sample

• National Council of Nonprofits: Gift acknowledgements – Saying ‘thank you’ to donors

• The Balance: The Link between Donation Acknowledgment Letters and Taxes

• EveryAction: 6 Effective Ways to Thank Donors for a Lasting Relationship



Conferences & Workshops

Americans for the Arts: Annual Convention 2018

Americans for the Arts: National Arts Marketing Project Conference

National Arts Marketing, Development & Ticketing Conference 2018

Arts & Science Council (ASC): Workshops & Training for Organizations

Virginia Association of Museums: Workshop Series

Arts Reach