RESOURCES FOR ORGANIZATIONS
Join Arts Action Fund
Stand up for the arts! Join the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, America's Voice for the Arts. Mobilizing one million arts activists-the Arts Action Fund helps persuade our elected officials to support policies and funding for arts, culture and arts education and provides action alerts on a variety of arts-related issues.
Online Tool Kit
Americans for the Arts has developed an online toolkit to help arts organizations respond effectively in times of crisis. The Arts Funding Response and Readiness Kit at provides current information, key messaging, communications and advocacy strategies, and the research needed to make the case for keeping the arts in your community.
THE BIG PICTURE
For arts leaders looking at the big picture, get your morning dose of news for and about the creative industry at ArtsJournal.com, the daily digest of arts, culture & ideas.
Blue Avocado at http://www.blueavocado.org offers practical and provocative food-for-thought for nonprofits and articles ‘short enough to read over a cup of coffee.’
Bay Area Study on Arts Funding - Relevant for Nevada?
A new study commissioned by the San Francisco Foundation and East Bay Community Foundation - It’s Not About You…It’s About Them: A Research Report on What Motivates Bay Area Donors to Give to the Arts and Artists provides insight into the values of donors to artists and artist-driven projects. Despite today’s economic environment, local donors and foundations jointly funded nearly 200 Bay Area artists to support the creation of 116 new works. The study tells the stories of six artists and small to mid-size arts groups who leveraged the matching funds to generate resources for their artistic projects.
Check out the study in PDF form here.
Links to Funding Resources
Americans for the Arts offers links to a number of resource guides of benefit to nonprofit organizations, including the following:
•Community Development Block Grants
Nonprofit Techsoup Stock offers software donations to nonprofits from 35 major technology providers, including Microsoft, Cisco, Symantec, Intuit, and Adobe (for an administrative fee as little as 5% of retail cost). To qualify, organizations must be a 501(c)3 or a library. (See the TechSoup Stock Catalog.) Also, check out its Refurbished Computer Initiative, which provides nonprofits a chance to get low-cost, high-quality computers with a new operating system and up-to-date software (covered by a 90-day warranty).
BLOG SITES - PODCASTS
•ArtsBeat - provides the latest on the arts, coverage of live events, critical reviews, multimedia extravaganzas and much more.
•Butts in Seats - musings on practical solutions for arts management.
•The Board Cafe - offers practical and provocative articles 'short enough to reach over a cup of coffee to help you give and get the most of board service.
•Capital City Arts Initiative - Features arts and culture items of interest to all Nevadans with an emphasis on the Carson City Area.
•Culturetopia Podcast - offers arts, culture, media and much more from NPR’s Neda Ulaby and Monkey See blogger Linda Holmes. Delve into the week’s best coverage of books, movies, music and more from NPR News shows.
•Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) features valuable blogs - Blogs from the 2011 GIA Conference on their new website and Better Together: from the desk of Janet Brown (Executive Director - GIA) Check them out!
•Philantopic - A blog of opinion and commentary from Philanthropy News Digest.
NPR Culturetopia offers podcasts about arts, culture, media and much more from NPR's Neda Ulaby and other culture bloggers. Delve into the week's best coverage of books, movies, music and more from NPR .
Council of Nonprofits
Check out the Council of Nonprofits Resource Center's new site Nonprofits Coping with the Economy. This ‘ever-evolving resource' was created to provide nonprofits and supporters strategies to help navigate the recession while serving their communities more efficiently.
Kennedy Center Helpline
Links to Arts Organizations
Arts in Crisis, a new initiative of The Kennedy Center offers high-tech support service to nonprofit arts organizations. Arts administrators can communicate to consultants and center staff about personnel about shrinking income, budget-conscious audiences, and other difficulties in keeping the doors open. Assistance will be provided through e-mails, telephone calls, web chats, or site visits.
Connect to what's happening across the state or across the nation by checking out these websites:
An Evaluation Resource Guide for Arts Programming
Emerging Leaders Mentorship Toolkit
Value of Volunteer Time
The estimated dollar value of volunteer time is $21.36 per hour for 2010. The estimate helps acknowledge the millions of individuals who dedicate their time, talents, and energy to making a difference. Charitable organizations can use this estimate to quantify the enormous value volunteers provide. Learn more about these figures, including how they are calculated and how nonprofit organizations often use them.
The Mentorship Toolkit
A great tool for Emerging Leader Networks. The Emerging Leaders Council put this together, and the Arts Alliance Illinois and the Emerging Arts Leaders of LA provided the documents that made up this toolkit. It contains resources, notable blogs, and research information.