Most organizational capacity building falls into one of the following categories. For each area below, there are numerous resources. Those presented here are just a sampling of the more frequently accessed resources.




Advocacy

Advocacy: www.arts.texas.gov/resources/tools-for-results/advocacy/ – from the Texas Arts Commission.

Americans for the Arts: https://votervoice.net/artsusa/campaigns – Legislative updates, events, state action networks.

Arts Advocacy Checklist: www.nasaa-arts.org/Advocacy/Advocacy-Tools/Arts-Advocacy-Checklist-for-Arts-Organizations-and-Advocates.php – a self-evaluation tool for arts organizations and advocates from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA).

Delaware Arts Alliance: www.delawareartsalliance.org – the unifying voice for the arts throughout the state, advocating for the central role of the arts in advancing dynamic communities and a creative citizenry.

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Evaluation

Outcome-Based Evaluation: A Working Model for the Arts: http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic974245.files/Various%20optional%20related%20readings/measuring%20joy.pdf

Nonprofit Good Practice Guide: www.npgoodpractice.org/Topics/Evaluation/Default.aspx – sponsored by the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership.

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Fundraising

Association of Fundraising Professionals – Brandywine Chapter: http://afpbrandywine.afpnet.org/

National Council of Nonprofits: http://www.councilofnonprofits.org/resources/resources-topic/fundraising

Foundation Center: (http://foundationcenter.org) – Premier organization for information on funders and fundraising. Their databases are expensive to license, but are available locally at the Morris Library, University of Delaware, Newark and at the Dover Public Library.

Fundraising & Development: www.arts.texas.gov/resources/tools-for-results/fundraising-development/ – from the Texas Arts Commission’s ToolBox.

Grant Station: www.grantstation.com/index.asp#tracks – interactive website that allows grantseekers to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects, and mentors them through the grantseeking process. Membership fee to search database, but many good articles for free.

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Governance

BoardSource: www.boardsource.org/ – Although this is a membership organization, many articles are available to everyone on their website.

Foundation Center: foundationcenter.org/getstarted/faqs/html/nonprofit_boards.html – List of links and bibliography for information on boards.

Free Complete Toolkit for Boards: www.managementhelp.org/boards/boards.htm – Comprehensive information offered by the Free Management Library

Governance Matters: www.governancematters.org/index.cfm?organization_id=56&section_id=749&page_id=3001 – Includes a board toolkit, leadership project, governance guide and forms and templates.

Leadership Transitions: www.arts.texas.gov/resources/tools-for-results/leadership-transitions/ – from the Texas Arts Commission but applicable to all.

Nonprofit Basics: http://www.arts.texas.gov/resources/tools-for-results/nonprofit-basics/ – from the Texas Arts Commission but applicable to all.

Nonprofit Good Practice Guide: www.npgoodpractice.org/Topics/Governance/Default.aspx – sponsored by the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership.

TransitionGuides: www.transitionguides.com/ – To help nonprofits through transitional periods. They sponsor free leadership transition clinics in the Washington, D.C. area and free teleseminars.

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Legal Issues

Nonprofit Law Resource Library: www.hurwitassociates.com/index.php – Sponsored by Hurwit & Associates.

Nonprofit Specific Legal Information: www.managementhelp.org/legal/np_genrl/np_genrl.htm –From the Free Management Library.

Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts: www.artsandbusinessphila.org/pvla/default.asp – These lawyers choose to do their pro bono work with arts organizations. They work with Delaware arts organizations too.

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Management

Alliance for Nonprofit Management: www.allianceonline.org – Another membership organization that has many free resources

Free Management Library: www.managementhelp.org/

Nonprofit Good Practice Guide: www.npgoodpractice.org/Topics/Organizational/Default.aspx – sponsored by the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership

Nonprofit Management Toolkit: www.mcknight.org/resources/toolkit.aspx – The McKnight Foundation sponsors this collection of information organized by topic.

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Marketing & Audience Development

ArtsMarketing.org: www.artsmarketing.org/ – a program of AFTA (Americans for the Arts).

Google for Nonprofits: Http://www.google.com/nonprofits/ – use Google tools to promote your cause, raise money, and operate more efficiently

Guide to Marketing the Arts in Your Nonprofit Organization: www.nyfa.org/files_uploaded/NYFAMarketingGuide.pdf – sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)

Marketing: http://www.arts.texas.gov/resources/tools-for-results/marketing/?doing_wp_cron=1364836985.4655780792236328125000 – from the Texas Arts Commission.

Nonprofit Communication Strategies: http://online.queens.edu/masters-in-educational-leadership/resource/nonprofit-communication-strategies    

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Program Planning

Lessons Learned: A Planning Toolsite:
www.arts.gov/resources/Lessons/index.html – for all types of planning. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Programs & Exhibitions:
www.arts.texas.gov/resources/tools-for-results/programs-exhibitions/ – from the Texas Arts Commission Toolkit

Project Planning: A Step-by-Step Guide:
www.projectsmart.co.uk/pdf/project-planning-step-by-step.pdf

Program Planning and Management:
www.managementhelp.org/prog_mng/prog_mng.htm – From the Free Management Library

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Strategic Planning

Lessons Learned: A Planning Toolsite: www.arts.gov/resources/Lessons/index.html – for all types of planning. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Strategic Planning in the Arts: A Practical Guide:
www.artsmanager.org/strategic/primer/assets/SPP_complete_text.pdf – from the Kennedy Center website ArtsManager.com. By Michael M. Kaiser

Strategic Planning in Nonprofit or For-Profit Organizations:
www.managementhelp.org/plan_dec/str_plan/str_plan.htm – from the Free Management Library

Strategic Planning Using the Drucker Self-Assessment Tool:
www.leadertoleader.org/tools/sat/materials/sat-introduction.doc – from the Peter Drucker Foundation.

Accounting Considerations for Non-Profits:
http://elearning.scranton.edu/resource/business-leadership/accounting-considerations-for-non-profits - from the University of Scranton.

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Volunteer Management

Volunteer Delaware: ( www.volunteerdelaware.org ) – Search for volunteers, sign up to be a volunteer. VolunteerDelaware is sponsored by the Division of State Service Centers of the Department of Health and Social Services.

Developing and Managing Volunteer Programs: www.managementhelp.org/staffing/outsrcng/volnteer/volnteer.htm – From the Free Management Library.

Energize: www.energizeinc.com/ – offers articles and resources on working with volunteers and keeping them motivated.

Fasten: www.urbanministry.org/wiki/volunteer-toolkit-practical-equipment-effective-volunteer-management – Volunteer Toolkit: Practical Equipment for Effective Volunteer Management

Service Leader.org: www.serviceleader.org/new/managers/index.php – Resources for volunteer managers.

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Also try the Delaware Library System In addition to books on these topics the Delaware Library Catalog also contains videos and audiobooks. If you have a library card you can access e-audio and e-books from home as well as thousands of full-text magazines in databases.