Resources for the Artists, Creative Workers & Businesses


There are a myriad of resources available for artists, creative workers and nonprofit, for profit, educational and government entities. The following list includes many though certainly not all. If you have an additional recommendations, please forward it to

NationalActors EquityActors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, represents more than 51,000 professional Actors and Stage Managers nationwide. Equity seeks to foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Actors' Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions.
NationalAmerican Alliance of Museums The American Alliance of Museums’ mission is to champion museums and nurture excellence in partnership with our members and allies. From art museums to science centers, arboretums to zoos, members of the diverse museum community share something in common—strong support, standards of excellence, knowledge sharing and professional networks provided by the American Alliance of Museums.
NationalAmerican Council on Gift AnnuitiesAmerican Council on Gift Annuities is a national association of charitable organizations that offer charitable gift annuities. Includes an extensive summary of state laws relative to charitable gift annuities.
NationalAmerican Fundraising ProfessionalsSince 1960, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has inspired global change and supported efforts that generated over $1 trillion. AFP's nearly 30,000 individual and organizational members raise over $100 billion annually, equivalent to one-third of all charitable giving in North America and millions more around the world.
SE MIAmerican Fundraising Professionals, Greater Detroit Chapter MIAFP Greater Detroit, seeks to foster the professional development and growth of fundraising professionals, to preserve and enhance philanthropy and volunteerism and to promote the highest ethical standards in the fundraising profession worldwide. AFP Greater Detroit believes that diversity and inclusion create a strong, vital and unified force for the effective pursuit of an organization's mission and achieving philanthropic success. Through it's educational programs, AFP Greater Detroit acts as a resource to fundraising and nonprofit professionals throughout Southeastern Michigan. AFP Greater Detroit offers the best networking opportunities, an unwavering commitment to the highest ethical standards and the most exciting and cutting edge educational and professional advancement opportunities.
NationalAmerican Institute of ArchitectsWe advocate for the value of architecture and give architects the resources they need to do their best work.
NationalAmerican Institute of PhilanthropyAmerican Institute of Philanthropy is a nationally prominent charity watchdog service whose purpose is to help donors make informed giving decisions. The Institute rates charities pursuant to a number of criteria, as well as publishes helpful articles about the charitable sector.
NationalAmerican Society of Interior DesignOur work drives positive change through the power of design. We collaborate with others to promote the value of interior design. We prepare our members to excel in a dynamic and evolving profession. We generate, collect and disseminate applied knowledge. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, we strive to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidence-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.
NationalAmerican Symphony Orchestra LeagueThe American Symphony Orchestra League provides leadership and service to American orchestras while communicating to the public the value and importance of orchestras and the music they perform.
NationalAmericans for the ArtsAmericans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With more than 40 years of service, we are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. National service organizations for local and independent arts organizations Research Economic Impact Studies and training.
WashtenawAnn Arbor Graphic Arts Memorial FoundationThe Ann Arbor Graphic Arts Memorial Foundation, Inc. was formed on November 12, 1981 by concerned leaders in the graphic communication industry to establish a non-profit, public, industry assisted corporation to develop and dispense scholarship grants to talented young people who are interested in graphic communication as a lifetime career.
Washtenaw CountyAnn Arbor SCOREAnn Arbor SCORE was founded in 2000 as Chapter 655. We are an active chapter and have more than 20 volunteer professionals. The counselors of Ann Arbor SCORE are experienced business owners and managers who volunteer their experience and knowledge to help potential and existing small business owners achieve success. Client service is the objective of Ann Arbor SCORE and our volunteer business counselors are dedicated to providing the best possible service. Face-to-face or online, the counselors of Ann Arbor SCORE are able and willing to aid in the success of small business. SCORE counselors provide you with in-depth, industry-specific business assistance to help evaluate a business idea or plan, stimulate business growth and ensure long-term stability.
NationalThe Arthouse ConvergenceThe Arthouse Convergence strives to reflect its core intention: to support community-based, mission-driven independent film and independent film exhibition arthouses in all its programs, seminars and conference.The idea of the Art House Convergence was born when a group of exhibitors were brought together at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the Sundance Institute’s Art House Project. For two years, this small group of exhibitors met at the Sundance Film Festival to discuss independent film and independent film exhibition. In 2008, the group expanded and hosted the first Art House Convergence conference in Salt Lake City, UT, with 25 attendees. Over the next several years, the conference attendance grew dramatically and it moved to the Zermatt & Homestead Resorts in Midway, UT. By 2018, the conference attendance reached 650, including several international art houses.  The Art House Convergence, having grown into a year-round organization, relies on several staff members and a huge number of volunteers to coordinate and plan all the events and programs. The organization is based out of and staffed by its founding institution, the Michigan Theater Foundation in Ann Arbor, MI.
NationalArts 5Free access to a complete guide of art related links. Search by country or region to find art and artist links. Find links to performing arts, art events and employment websites.
Washtenaw CountyThe Arts AllianceThe Arts Alliance’s mission is to champion the arts & creative industries in Washtenaw County, MI—arts and creative individuals, organizations and businesses—to ensure that the greater Ann Arbor region remains a great place to create, live, work, learn, play and visit. The intrinsic value of the arts and creativity is and always will be foremost in our efforts. We work as diligently to demonstrate economic and educational value, the interconnectivity of the creative sector to all other sectors and the depth of skills and variety of career paths available to a creative person.
NationalAssociation of Fundraising ProfessionalsAssociation of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the primary professional association of fundraisers, offering training, publications, and other resources.
NationalAssociation of Governing BoardsAssociation of Governing Boards This organization offers excellent publications, seminars, specialized training and other materials to assist the effective management for boards of directors for colleges and universities and their related foundations.
NationalAssociation of Performing Arts Presenters The Association of Performing Arts Professionals is the national service, advocacy and membership organization for presenters of the performing arts. APAP is dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts industry and the professionals who work within it. §  APAP hosts the annual APAP|NYC conference - the world's leading convening for the performing arts industry. §  APAP is the industry's leading community for networking and knowledge. §  APAP is the industry's leading community for networking and knowledge. §  APAP strengthens and advances your career and the field through professional development, resource sharing, advocacy and civic engagement.
NationalBetter Business Bureau Wise Giving AllianceBetter Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance This nonprofit organization is one the leading “watchdog” services attempting to stay current with best practices in the nonprofit field while providing information on other nonprofit organizations that may violate these standards.
NationalBoardsourceBoardsource (formerly National Center for Nonprofit Boards). This organization offers excellent publications, seminars, specialized training and other materials to assist the effective management for nonprofit boards of directors.
NationalCandidCandid=Guidestar+Foundation Center: for a combined 88 years, Foundation Center and GuideStar each helped change the world by giving people the information they needed to do good.
NationalCharities Regulation and Oversight Project The Charities Regulation and Oversight Project is the oldest and most comprehensive initiative of Columbia Law School’s National State Attorney General Program.  Its mission is to foster a comprehensive approach by state attorneys general to protect charitable assets and ensure their lawful, highest and intended use in the public interest.
NationalCharity NavigatorCharity Navigator This organization offers an extensive database and research tool that aims to help donors, grantmakers, professional advisors and others in the evaluation of thousands of charitable organizations nationwide by providing detailed financial information and other analysis.
NationalThe Chronicle of PhilanthropyThe Chronicle of Philanthropy is the leading national publication offering current and accurate information about the charitable sector.
NationalCouncil on FoundationsCouncil on Foundations: The Council on Foundations is a membership organization of more than 2,000 grantmaking foundations (private foundations, community foundations, etc.) worldwide. COF provides leadership expertise, legal services, publications, seminars and networking opportunities, etc. to its members and to the general public.
NationalCreative GenerationCreative Generation seeks to inspire, connect, and amplify the work of individuals and organizations committed to cultivating the creative capacities of the next generation. Creative Generation will embark in several signature activities. First, the Campaign for a Creative Generation will commence in January 2020 to tell the stories and distribute knowledge from the field. Additionally, the organization will foster ideas and activate projects through the Gen C Institute and Gen C Incubator respectively.
MichiganCultural Advocacy Network of MichiganThe Cultural Advocacy Network of Michigan strives to bring a collective voice for cultural organizations in Michigan. The organization will lead advocacy and education efforts to influence decision making at the highest levels of state and local government and ensure that cultural leaders have the tools they need to deliver the highest quality of service for the individuals they serve.
NationalDance USAEstablished in 1982 as the national service organization for the professional dance field, Dance/USA is a membership organization currently serving nearly 500 aerial, ballet, contemporary, modern, culturally specific, jazz and tap companies, dance service and presenting organizations, individuals and related organizations. Dance/USA occupies a unique position in the field as the only national service organization dedicated to serving a broad cross-section of professional dance.
NationalData ArtsDataArts, formerly the Cultural Data Project, was founded to bring the language and leverage of data to the business of culture. The Cultural Data Profile (CDP) is DataArts’ flagship service, which thousands of cultural nonprofits use annually to report their financial and programmatic information. DataArts seeks to be a catalyst for data-informed decision-making. DataArts empowers the nonprofit arts and cultural sector with high-quality data and resources in order to strengthen its vitality, performance and public impact. It accomplishes this mission in three ways: 1)Equipping arts and cultural organizations to collect, learn from and use data effectively; 2) Building critical infrastructure for the sector as a trusted source of high-quality data that advances cultural initiatives; and 3) Creating a national partnership and platform for cultural data, dedicated to collective learning, leadership and action.
NationalThe Drucker InstituteA social enterprise whose purpose is strengthening organizations to strengthening society. Out of the Drucker Archives thus grew the Drucker Institute. Today, all of our work is built on a foundation of YESTERDAY/TODAY/MONDAY* “Yesterday” refers to the fact that our work is grounded in Peter Drucker’s timeless wisdom. “Today” speaks to the urgency that we know organizational leaders feel to successfully meet their greatest challenges and opportunities. And “Monday” points to our proven ability to help executives move quickly from ideas to action to results, just as Drucker urged his own consulting clients: “Don’t tell me you had a wonderful meeting with me. Tell me what you’re going to do on Monday that’s different.”
NationalExponent PhilanthropyExponent Philanthropy – (Formerly the Association of Small Foundations) is committed to building and strengthening small foundation philanthropy by providing quality programs, products, and services to foundations with few or no staff.
NationalFiscal Sponsor  was produced and is maintained by San Francisco Study Center Inc., tax-exempt since 1972, a fiscal sponsor since 1975. Study Center is a member of the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors that is helping to professionalize the field by providing assistance to sponsors and projects alike, improve financial management and spark organizational development throughout the nonprofit sector. Study Center has been publisher of Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways to Do It Right from its first edition in 1993 to the second edition in 2005 and a Kindle version in 2015.
NationalForum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, TheThe Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers is a national philanthropic leader and a network of 33 regional associations of grantmakers. It supports philanthropy by strengthening the ability of all regional associations to fulfill their missions; these associations promote the growth and effectiveness of philanthropy in order to improve life in their communities.
NationalFractured AtlasFractured Atlas empowers artists, arts organizations and other cultural sector stakeholders by eliminating practical barriers to artistic expression, so as to foster a more agile and resilient cultural ecosystem.
NationalGiving Institute/Giving USA Foundation, an association of fundraising consultants, aims to enhance the professionalism of the fundraising field. It developed the Standards of Practice and Professional Code of Ethics, widely accepted as a model for professional ethics in the field. The Giving Institute publishes Giving USA in association with IU Center on Philanthropy, a leading source of charitable giving statistics.
NationalGrantsmanship CenterTGCI was founded in 1972 to offer grantsmanship training and low-cost publications to nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Today TGCI conducts some 200 workshops annually in grantsmanship, enterprise development and fundraising. TGCI is also active in publishing. The Grantsmanship Center Magazine is mailed to the staff of 200,000 nonprofit and government agencies in the U.S. and 58 other countries., Inc. , a membership-based organization, offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process.
NationalGuidestarGuideStar is the leader in providing comprehensive data on more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations, connecting them with donors, foundations, businesses and governing agencies in a nationwide community of giving.
NationalIndependent SectorIndependent Sector is one of the leading coalitions of nonprofit organizations, foundations, and corporate philanthropy programs. Independent Sector conducts research, lobbies Congress, underwrites publications, and offers training opportunities to support and enhance the mission of the nonprofit sector.
NationalInstitute for Museum and Library ServicesThe Institute of Museum and Library Services is an independent Federal grant-making agency dedicated to creating and sustaining a nation of learners by helping libraries and museums serve their communities.
- IMLS Vision - A nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities.
- IMLS Mission - The mission of IMLS is to advance, support and empower America’s museums, libraries and related organizations through grantmaking, research and policy development.
NationalJoan Garry ConsultingJoan Garry began her career in 1981 as part of the management team that launched MTV. She followed this successful eight-year tenure with another successful run as an executive at Showtime Networks. Then, in 1997 while either having a midlife crisis or avoiding one, Garry was named the executive director of GLAAD, one of the largest gay rights organizations in the U.S. She joined GLAAD to find an organization in deep financial crisis (18 staff and yes, $360 in the bank), led it out of the depths to a place of prominence focusing on the power of the media to change hearts and minds.
She brings all of this experience to her work as the Principal of Joan Garry Consulting, a boutique firm that helps nonprofits across a wide variety of sectors to untangle strategic knots enabling them to have a clearer path in pursuit of their missions.
Her blog for board and staff leaders of nonprofits reaches 100,000 unique leaders monthly from over 150 countries and her podcast Nonprofits Are Messy is frequently the #1 nonprofit / government podcast on iTunes. Lastly, she is the founder of The Nonprofit Leadership Lab, a monthly online membership site for board and staff leaders of small nonprofits who can afford neither coaching nor consulting. Through a vast array of content and a community moderated by experts, Joan is reaching over 2,000 board and staff leaders worldwide.
NationalJohns Hopkins Center for Civil Society StudiesJohns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies seeks to improve understanding and the effective functioning of not-for-profit, philanthropic, or “civil society” organizations in the United States and throughout the world in order to enhance the contribution these organizations can make to democracy and the quality of human life. The center is part of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies and carries out its work through a combination of research, training, and information-sharing, both domestically and internationally.
MichiganMichigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) coordinates grants to arts and culture organizations, cities and municipalities and other nonprofit organizations to encourage, develop and facilitate an enriched environment of artistic, creative and cultural activity in Michigan.
MichiganMichigan Economic Development CorporationFind out what global manufacturers, tech start-ups and entrepreneurial innovators already know: Michigan is committed to your business success. With a top ranked business climate, six percent corporate tax and vast resources to support economic success, Michigan is Pure Business.
MichiganMichigan Nonprofit AssociationIncorporated in 1990, MNA is a statewide membership organization dedicated to serving the diverse nonprofit sector through civic engagement, capacity-building, data and technology, training and advocacy. MNA manages multiple programs and affiliates including MNA Technology Services, Michigan Campus Compact and is a sponsoring organization for AmeriCorps VISTA. Membership is open to all Michigan nonprofit/tax exempt organizations. For-profit businesses and government entities may join as affiliate members.
Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston and Washtenaw Counties in MichiganMichigan Works! SoutheastOur vision is a community which fosters and sustains a strong, diverse economy where people can live, work and prosper.
- Partnerships - We convene partners strategically to better meet the needs, leverage resources and more efficiently deliver workforce services to the community.
- Responsiveness to Employer Needs - We promote a demand-driven system that anticipates and responds to employer needs.
- Service with Respect - We serve jobseekers with integrity and dignity by delivering services with respect for cultural diversity, fairness and differences of opinion.
- Education - We value the importance of the education continuum of the K-12, postsecondary and lifelong learning, leading to the development of a sustainable workforce.
- Innovative Leadership - We foster innovation to maximize the economic impact of workforce funding and resources.
- Continuous Improvement and Accountability - We evaluate services and programs based on the meeting or exceeding customer satisfaction, tracking performance to core metrics and implementing continuous improvement processes to ensure a sound return-on-investment of taxpayer dollars.
NationalNational Archive of Data on Arts and Culture The National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture (NADAC) is a repository that facilitates research on arts and culture by acquiring data, particularly those funded by federal agencies and other organizations and sharing those data with researchers, policymakers, people in the arts and culture field and the general public.
NationalNational Arts Marketing ProjectThe National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP), a program of Americans for the Arts , is dedicated to serving arts professionals and artists who seek to market the arts, engage audiences and serve their communities. We believe the arts have the power to transform individuals, organizations and communities and we have seen that power at work across America. When arts professionals and artists are afforded the necessary skills to effectively market the arts and engage audiences, they have greater opportunities to not only strengthen their fiscal health and sustainability, but also create lasting impact in their communities. NAMP serves a broad group of arts professionals and individual artists of various skill levels who work to promote the arts as a vital part of both an enriched, healthy life and a strong community.
NationalNational Association of Attorneys GeneralNational Association of Attorneys General NAAG facilitates interaction among attorneys general as peers and coordinates state-federal working groups on topics of mutual concern. The organization also plans and executes a continuing legal education (CLE) program for state lawyers, including more than 30 seminars, conferences, summits, emerging issue forums, and special events yearly, with attendance in the thousands. NAAG also publishes written reports, monographs, and more than a dozen newsletters on a wide range of substantive topics. These newsletters are available to the public by subscription. Site includes current news and contact information.
NationalThe National Association of Charitable Gift PlannersThe National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP) is the leading organization setting standards for charitable gift planners. We bring members together to learn, connect and advocate. We provide education and resources that enrich and advance careers. We connect colleagues at all levels through our national network—including those who defined the field. We exist to serve our distinguished profession and bring to life the art and science of charitable gift planning.
NationalNational Center for Charitable StatisticsNational Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) is the national repository of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States. Its mission is to develop and disseminate high quality data on nonprofit organizations and their activities for use in research on the relationships between the nonprofit sector, government, the commercial sector, and the broader civil society. The center is a project of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy (CNP) at the Urban Institute.
NationalNational Center for Family PhilanthropyNational Center for Family Philanthropy The mission of the National Center for Family Philanthropy is to promote philanthropic values, vision, and excellence across generations of donors and donor families. The Center offers donors and advisors resources, publications, seminars, research and other services to promote effective philanthropic decisionmaking.
NationalNational Council of NonprofitsNational Council of Nonprofits The National Council of Nonprofits (NCN) is the nation’s largest nonprofit network of state and regional nonprofit associations serving over 22,000 members in 46 states and the District of Columbia. NCN links local organizations to a national audience through state associations and helps small and mid-sized nonprofits stay currrent with developing laws of importance; manage and lead more effectively; collaborate and exchange solutions; save money through group buying opportunities; engage in critical policy issues affecting the sector; and achieve greater impact in their communities.
NationalNational Endowment for the ArtsThe National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities and military bases.
NationalNetwork for GoodNetwork for Good This nonprofit organization serves as an intermediary for donors to learn about other charitable organizations for the purpose of making wise decisions in the donation of their time, talents, and/or wealth. It includes a number of helpful links to other websites.
MichiganNEW CenterNEW’s Mission: We improve the impact and performance of fellow nonprofits by working alongside leaders to create high-quality strategic solutions that advance their missions in our communities. Since 1993, NEW has been helping nonprofits succeed by strengthening management and offering solutions to issues facing the nonprofit community. Today NEW and its partners provide educational, consultative and technological solutions to nonprofits across southeast Michigan and beyond.
NationalNonprofit AFVu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces and the executive director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. Vu’s passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test, drove him into the field of nonprofit work, where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves. There’s tons of humor in the nonprofit world and someone needs to document it. He is going to do that, with the hope that one day, a TV producer will see how cool and interesting our field is and make a show about nonprofit work, featuring attractive actors attending strategic planning meetings and filing 990 tax forms.
Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts at, formerly
NationalNonprofit Career Resource GuideNonprofit Career Resource Guide offers tools for building a career in the nonprofit sector, from landing a job to starting your own nonprofit organization.
NationalOpera AmericaOPERA America - the nonprofit service organization for opera - leads and serves the entire opera community, supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera.
NationalThe Philanthropic RoundtableThe Philanthropy Roundtable is a national association of more than 600 individual donors, corporate giving representatives, foundation staff and trustees, and trust and estate officers. The mission of the Roundtable is to offer opportunities for discussion and collaboration to improve philanthropic initiatives.
NationalThe Rand CorporationThe RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. RAND is dedicated to furthering and promoting scientific, educational and charitable purposes for the public welfare and security of the United States by uniquely blending scrupulous nonpartisanship with rigorous, fact-based analysis to tackle society's most pressing problems.
Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston and Washtenaw Counties in MichiganThe Michigan Small Business Development CenterThe Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) enhances Michigan’s economic wellbeing by providing counseling, training and research for new ventures, existing small businesses and advanced technology companies. The Region 9 office service Michigan Region 9: Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe and Washtenaw.
NationalSociety of Corporate Secretaries and Governance ProfessionalsSociety of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals deals with public disclosure under the securities laws and matters affecting corporate governance, and, while much of the site requires membership to view, they comment regularly on pertinent issues, hold conferences, etc.
NationalThe Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable StatisticsThe Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics is the national clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States.
Creative Washtenaw - The Arts Alliance