Stand up for the arts! Join 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.
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 provides current information, key messaging, communications and advocacy strategies, and the research needed to make the case for keeping the arts in your community.


Arts Journal

For arts leaders looking at the big picture, get your morning dose of news for and about the creative industry, the daily digest of arts, culture and ideas.
Blue Avocado 
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.
Links to Funding Resources 

Americans for the Arts offers links to a number of resource guides of benefit to nonprofit organizations, including the following:


Software/Computer Donations

  • 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 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).


  • 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 that offer practicable tips to elevate the impact of board members to better serve their organizations.
  • 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 2013 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.


Council of Nonprofits

Check out the Council of Nonprofits Resource Center’s new site Nonprofit Economic Vitality Center. This ‘ever-evolving resource’ was created to provide nonprofits and supporters strategies to help navigate the recession while serving their communities more efficiently.


An Evaluation Resource Guide for Arts Programming


Emerging Leaders Mentoring Resources Toolkit

Studies have shown that people who are mentored perform better, have more confidence in the workplace, and are more likely to act as mentors themselves down the road. The connections and reciprocity forged out of mentoring benefit both emerging leaders and seasoned professionals alike in addition to the sector as a whole.
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. National Association of Counties Volunteer Toolbox.