Non-Profit Resources

To help our state's arts and cultural organizations grow and thrive, NYSCA has compiled a broad range of resources addressing critical non-profit management topics, including:

  • Organizational Development;
  • Governance;
  • Board Development;
  • Marketing, Audience Development and Community Engagement;
  • Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility;
  • Human Resources;
  • Legal Resources;
  • Information Technology;
  • Financial Management;
  • Rehearsal and Performance Spaces; and
  • International Touring and Visas.
Americans for the Arts

Type of Resource: Marketing, Audience Development and Community Engagement; Other Resources


Artists from Abroad

Type of Resource: International Touring and Visas

Details: Comprehensive guide to the immigration law and tax requirements for nonimmigrant work-related visas for artists who enter the United States to work. Produced by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and League of American Orchestras.


Type of Resource: Governance, Financial Management, Legal Resources 


  • Compliance Toolkit, an online resource that aggregates New York non-profit city, state, and federal compliance and funding requirements.
  • Fee-for-service financial and administrative management for non-profit arts organizations in New York State.

Type of Resource: Board Development, Organizational Development, Governance

Details: Resources include elements of a strategic plan, leadership transition, recruiting board members and assessing board performance.

The Foundation Center

Type of Resource: Board Development, Other Resources


  • Research foundation and corporate funding possibilities at Funding Information Network locations throughout New York State, or at the Foundation Center’s main office in Manhattan.
  • Free training videos available online include corporate giving, how to find grants, drafting a project budget; donor relationship cultivation and asking.
  • Free podcasts on a variety of philanthropy-related topics.
Fund for the City of New York

Type of Resource: Financial Management, Other Resources


Governance Matters

Type of Resource: Board Development, Governance, Organizational Development, Human Resources, Legal Resources


  • CharitySTRONG, now a program of Governance Matters, provides recruitment services that connect nonprofits with potential board members.
  • Good Practices for Good Boards, a short online course on the fundamentals of nonprofit board service.
  • Publications, videos and podcasts topics include New York state laws and regulations for charities; board roles and responsibilities; board operations and structure.
  • Governance Matters roundtables in New York City include a primer for serving on a nonprofit board, health coverage decision-making, board candidate training and good governance training.
  • boardnetUSA is a free, national board recruitment website that is also a program of Governance Matters.

Type of Resource: Financial Management, Other Resources


  • Publications on risk management, how to decipher an IRS Form 990 and more are available on website.
  • Nonprofits can upload profile that may be accessed by donors.

Type of Resource: Information Technology; Marketing, Audience Development and Community Engagement

Details: Software and web technologies resources for non-profits. Free and tuition-based webinars, recordings and information on its website. Topics include selecting software programs, expanding email lists, online communication tools and tech-nologies, and how long to keep a computer until it is replaced.

Independent Sector

Type of Resource: Governance, Legal Resources

Details: Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice outlines 33 principles of sound practice for charitable organizations and foundations.

Lawyers Alliance for New York

Type of Resource: Legal Resources, Governance


  • Resource call hotline provides information and referrals for nonprofit legal questions.
  • Low cost webinars on governance law and fiscal sponsorship agreements.
  • Pro bono and fee based legal services for nonprofits serving low-income communities in New York City.
Materials for the Arts

Type of Resource: Other Resources

Details: New York City-based cultural nonprofits can collect supplies from this reuse center. Materials for the Arts also accepts donations for unwanted items.

The National Council for Nonprofits

Type of Resource: Governance, Legal Resources, Financial Management, Other Resources


  • Tools and resources about a variety of topics relating to all nonprofits, including federal policies for charitable giving and tax reform, accounting standards, tax law, creating and developing a nonprofit, ethical practices, and governance.
  • Guide to grant research tools.
  • Nonprofit Audit Guide includes a description of statutes and requirements for New York State.
National Endowment for the Arts Office of Accessibility

Type of Resource: Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility


  • Online publications, checklists and links to a variety of resources on making the arts accessible for people of varying abilities, ages and mobilities.
  • Resources on creativity and aging include a variety of research reports as well as webinars on Alzheimer’s and the Arts, and Music Therapy, Music Listening and the Cancer Experience.
New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON)

Type of Resource: Governance, Organizational Development, Legal Resources, Board Development, Marketing, Audience Development and Community Engagement, Human Resources, Other Resources, Financial Management


  • All NYSCA grantees are automatically enrolled as members of NYCON.
  • Grantees can receive phone, email and in-person consultation and training concerning governance and management matters. This can include board development and recruitment,bylaws, fiscal management, human resources,compensation and benefit planning, retreat facilitation,fund development planning, organizational assessment, strategic planning, succession planning, risk management, and legal matters.
  • Technical assistance that exceeds more than 10 hours of service requires prior approval by NYSCA.
  • Grantees have access to low cost seminars and free recorded webinars on topics including grant management, working with independent contractors, human resources, fundraising,internal controls and overtime rules.
  • As NYCON members, grantees have access to discounted employee benefit packages and board, property, and other liability insurance products.
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)

Type of Resource: Organizational Development, Financial Management, Marketing, Audience Development and Community Engagement, Other Resources


  • Emerging Leaders Boot Camp provides training and cohort support for organizational practices and fiscal management.
  • Free and low-cost workshops on topics that include fiscal management, marketing, social media and fundraising.
  • Fiscal sponsorship of emerging organizations for applications to NYSCA and other funders.  Fiscally sponsored groups are provided with payroll and other financial services.
  • Online classified job listings.
  • NYFA Source, a database of 12,000 opportunities for artists.
Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York

Type of Resource: Organizational Development, Governance, Board Development, Human Resources, Legal Resources, Information Technology, Financial Management, Other Resources


  • Workshops in New York City and webinars,low cost or free with membership, include strategic planning, outcome measurement, governance,risk management, fiscal management, succession planning, donor engagement, cybersecurity,and fundraising.
  • Knowledge Center includes sample board member giving agreement, personnel manual,IT management, and more.
Pro Bono Partnership

Type of Resource: Legal Resources, Human Resources, Financial Management


  • Provides volunteer lawyers for nonprofits.
  • Telephone helpline for legal questions.
  • Articles on website include fiscal sponsorship, auditing, OSHA requirements and employee performance review guides.
Spacefinder NYC

Type of Resource: Rehearsal and Performance Spaces


  • Listings of spaces for rehearsal, performance, recording, video and film shoots in New York City.  Spaces may be booked online on this site.

Type of Resource: Rehearsal and Performance Spaces


  • Operates rehearsal and co-working spaces in Brooklyn and Queens locations at subsidized rates for nonprofits.  Some spaces have musical instruments, backline and sound reinforcement.
Support Center for Nonprofit Management

Type of Resource: Organizational Development, Financial Management, Board Development, Human Resources


  • Workshops in New York City include leadership, fiscal management, organizational restructuring, board effectiveness and fundraising.  Fees on sliding scale keyed to organizational budget, with partial scholarships available.
  • Fee based executive search and interim executive director placement.
Taproot Foundation

Type of Resource: Human Resources, Marketing, Audience Development and Community Engagement, Information Technology, Board Development, Financial Management, Other Resources


  • Pro bono consultancies, workshops and virtual office hours for marketing, human resources, technology, planning and finances.
Tech Soup

Type of Resource: Information Technology, Human Resources


  • Provides refurbished computers for administrative fee.
  • Deeply discounted software available, including Microsoft Office, Symantec Security and Intuit Quickbooks.
  • Free webinars on topics that include optimizing Office 365, building PDF forms, using open source and converting to the Cloud.
  • Online forums on tech topics of interest to nonprofits.
  • Fee based help desk and management for IT systems.
  • Tech consultant directory.
The Wallace Foundation Knowledge Center

Type of Resource: Marketing, Audience Development and Community Engagement


  • Reports and case studies about audience building includes building millennial audiences and expanding audiences for unfamiliar work.
  • Guide for creating audience surveys.
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Type of Resource: Legal Resources


  • VLA serves the artistic community’s need for legal services by providing access to free or low fee legal services. Qualifying artists can request legal assistance on all arts-related legal matters.