Many nonprofit arts organizations struggle with board management, organizational governance, board/staff conflicts, organizational inertia/apathy, financial policies, succession planning, ethics/lobbying/advocacy, and many other issues. While no single source is able to address every concern, there are many reliable and comprehensive resources for nonprofits to secure qualified assistance in these areas.
The Tennessee Arts Commission is committed to providing services to the entire nonprofit arts community, including capacity building services such as resource directories, consultants, grants, information exchanges, professional development, workshops, conferences, etc. The following directory is a list of resources specifically targeted for nonprofit board management.
- Americans for the Arts Lead. http://www.americansforthearts.org/lead
- Blue Avocado, a nonprofit online magazine for community nonprofits. Published online every third Tuesday through an HTML newsletter delivered free to more than 50,000 subscribers. http://www.blueavocado.org/ (see especially the “board café” section)
- Board Source is a national organization dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening their boards of directors. Contains many helpful publications and materials on nonprofit governance. http://www.boardsource.org
- Foundation Center - information on philanthropy and grant making. http://www.foundationcenter.org
- Free Management Library provides a comprehensive free Toolkit for nonprofit boards. http://managementhelp.org/boards/boards.htm
- Society for Nonprofit Organizations. http://www.snpo.org/resources/links2.php?lid=1
- Tennessee Secretary of State provides filing forms for charitable organizations and other helpful information. http://state.tn.us/sos/
- The Nonprofit Literature Blog periodically spotlights key books, pamphlets, articles and other resources that have been acquired at Foundation Center libraries. http://literature.foundationcenter.org/
- Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy http://www.urban.org/center/cnp/index.cfm
- USA.gov provides official federal and state resources for nonprofits http://www.usa.gov/Business/Nonprofit.shtml
Books/Periodicals to Purchase
Boards That Make A Difference. Carver, John. 2006. (Third Edition) Jossey-Bass.
Fundamentals of Arts Management - Revised 2007 Edition, Korza, Brown, Dreeszen, ed; Arts Extension Service, UMassAmherst bookstore
Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards, Richard P. Chait, William P. Ryan, Barbara E. Taylor, BoardSource, Wiley; 1 edition (October 22, 2004), Amazon.com
Managing a Nonprofit Organization in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Wolf, Free Press; 3 Rev Upd edition (June 15, 1999)
Nonprofit Board Answer Book: Practical Guidelines for Board Members and Chief Executives. Andringa, Robert C., and Ted W. Engstrom. 2002. BoardSource.
Planning for Succession: A Toolkit for Board Members and Staff of Nonprofit Arts Organizations. Liteman, Merianne.2003.Published by the Illinois Arts Foundation and Arts & Business Council of Chicago.
Periodicals are reviewed by the bibliographic services staff of the Foundation Center for articles in the field of philanthropy: http://foundationcenter.org/gainknowledge/cnl/periodicals.html
Reinventing Your Board. Carver, John, and Miriam Carver. 2006. (Revised Edition) Jossey-Bass.
The Nonprofit Sector: A Research Handbook by Walter W. Powell & Richard Steinberg. Yale University (2006)