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/

 

 

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/