The Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington offers its organization and individual members a wide range of resources that support our mission to Research, Advocate, Convene, and Serve. These resources help us build and nurture the creative environment crucial for artists and arts institutions to thrive while connecting them with sound organizational principles and interested, talented businesspeople.
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) aims to provide grants, programs and educational activities that encourage diverse artistic expressions and learning opportunities, so that all District of Columbia residents and visitors can experience the rich culture of our city.
Art (202) The official blog of the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.
The Prince George's Arts Council enhances the quality of life in Prince George's County by supporting and nurturing the County's arts community and facilitating partnerships among the arts, business, education and government.
Arts Council of Fairfax
The Arts Council is the recognized voice of the arts in Fairfax County, dedicated to fostering a dynamic and diverse local arts presence and participation. We ensure that artists and the arts thrive by providing vision, leadership, advocacy, funding, education and capacity building.
Publications offered by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington – including its biannual Membership Resources Directory – help members expand their knowledge in nonprofit accounting, marketing, and other areas.
2006 Arlington County, Virginia Public Art Policy (.pdf)
Arlington's Public Art Master Plan reflects the County's commitment to public art as a key tool for promoting design excellence and creating high-quality public space.
Promoting Arts and Culture in the Capital Region (.pdf)
In the summer of 2006, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, in partnership with The Washington Post Companies, convened a meeting of grant makers, arts councils and commissions, arts and cultural organizations, and selected tourism authorities to review CAGW's recommendations for collaborations to promote arts and culture in the Washington metropolitan region. The report contains the presentation from the meeting.
Arts, Culture, and the Social Health of the Nation 2005
By the Institute for Innovation in Social Policy, Vassar College. This project was designed to monitor the artistic and cultural experiences of Americans by looking at changes in arts participation since 2002. The report finds that Americans value the arts in their own lives and in the lives of their children, yet participation levels have declined slightly since 2002, both for adults and for children. Differences in participation by income level also remain a serious problem.
2004 Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate about the Benefits of the Arts (.pdf) By Kevin F. McCarthy, Elizabeth H. Ondaatje, Laura Zakaras, and Arthur Brooks. "Understanding the benefits of the arts is central to the discussion and design of policies affecting the arts. This study addresses the widely perceived need to articulate the private and public benefits of involvement in the arts. The findings are intended to engage the arts community and the public in a new dialogue about the value of the arts, to stimulate further research, and to help public and private policymakers reach informed decisions."
Reinventing Aging: Baby Boomers and Civic Engagement (.pdf) This report is a product of the Harvard School of Public Health–MetLife Foundation Initiative on Retirement and Civic Engagement, a program of the Center for Health Communication at the Harvard School of Public Health. As baby boomers reach retirement, there is tremendous opportunity to involve them in strengthening community life as volunteers. This report recommends actions by key sectors of society—including government, nonprofit organizations, business, philanthropy, faith-based institutions, and the media—that can stimulate the growth of new initiatives.
BVA Resource Library, links to important nonprofit forms.
CAGW print publications include the CAGW Membership Directory, The Paper Chase: Nonprofit Filings, Forms, and Record Keeping and Marketing. The Tools of the Trade.
Succession Plan Template
By the Center for Nonprofit Advancement. The template includes plans for short-term, long-term and permanent executive director changes that allows organizations to place important scattered information into one document, creating a vital resource in the event of an emergency.
StayExempt.org - Free Tax Resources for Nonprofit Organizations
The Internal Revenue Service website offers free resources and information for nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax status. Nonprofit professionals can receive free online training in topic areas including: steps to retaining nonprofit status, managing unrelated business income, employment, filing error-free returns, and managing disclosures. The site's resource library offers important forms and publications for download.
The Arts Show & Tell(sm)
Through a generous partnership, Double R Productions and Arlington Independent Media provided experienced, pro-bono producers and production staff to member organizations to create your Arts Show & Tell segment. Each 12-minute segment was aired throughout the regions public access TV stations and was used by the development and marketing staff for patron and funder development and audience development. The program was discontinued in 2011. View archives: