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



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.




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