“It appears that the desire to improve is the best indicator of future improvement. It seems to make little difference where one begins as long as there is a commitment to getting better.” - Stan Hutton, Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, reviewing Paul C. Light's study "Pathways to Nonprofit Excellence" for Grantmakers in the Arts Reader. 2002
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs provides Stimulating Organizational Success (S.O.S.) to benefit arts and cultural organizations. Designed as a flexible, self-initiated, self-motivated, organizational self-improvement program, SOS offers arts organizations easy access to information about workshops, resources, best practices, tips and opportunities that can help them strengthen and grow. If you have requests for, or suggestions of resources that might be of help to Seattle's arts & cultural community, please feel free to contact Kathy Hsieh at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (206) 733-9926.
Tips for great grant writing
Looking for funding? Here are some tips provided by four local resources for grant writers.
Your Organization and the IRS
Whether you're a not-for-profit, a small business or a sole proprietorship, like it or not, you have to interact with the Internal Revenue Service.
Get the Word Out About Your Arts Events
Want to get the word out about your arts or cultural event or exhibit? Here are some free places to post information and local arts media contacts.
Americans for the Arts Bookstore
Artists: Employees or Contractors?
Employment Security, workers' compensation and the minimum wage laws were set in order to protect the rights of workers. The current dilemma seems to be that while most arts organizations want to pay artists, they can't afford to pay artists as employees. So what can arts organizations do to pay an artist what they can afford, while meeting legal obligations? Here are some suggestions and information that might help.
Must Reads for Arts Managers
Part One | Part Two
Creative, insightful, and enjoyable reads, the following is a list of popular business books full of useful best-practice ideas. In Part 2, arts managers throughout Seattle give their choices of must-read books.
Organizational Magnetism: Ten Strategies for Creating a Respected Organization
Part One | Part Two | Part Three
What makes some organizations thrive in the public eye, popular with funders, become media darlings, and even build a reputation that brings people to them in droves? Here is the first of a three-part series highlighting ten strategies that might help.
Overcoming Barriers to Board Diversity
Why is diversity a recurring topic for non-profit boards? What is so difficult about becoming a diverse board?
Delivering Outstanding Customer Service
Arts and cultural organizations are in the business of providing memorable experiences and part of that experience is how the patrons are treated from the moment they decide to attend until after they've gone home.
Tips from the Field
Experts working in the field give their advice for other arts and cultural organizations.
More Tips from the Field
Local arts leaders answer the question "What best practice tips would you offer to create/sustain a successful organization?"
Planning Effective Meetings
Good meetings help organizations get things done, without wasting time.
Building Effective Boards
The one consistent factor in high-performing non-profits is having a high-quality board. Learn common trouble spots and their solutions.
The Press Kit
Press kits provide useful background information for members of the press writing previews or reviews of your arts or cultural event.
Most volunteers want personal growth, connecting with others who have similar interests, and feeling like they are making a difference.
Links to Other Sites
Arts Extension Service
Continuing professional education programs for arts leaders, this site offers accessible, quality on-line arts leadership training.
Hurwit & Associates: Nonprofit Law Resource Library
An in-depth resource providing information on non-profit law, including starting a non-profit, gifts and grants, mergers, liability and much more.
NEA Resources: Lessons Learned, A Planning Toolsite
A comprehensive compendium of planning advice from a variety of professional arts consultants.
United Way of King County Training Calendar
Training opportunities aimed at enhancing the capacity of nonprofit organizations and their boards.