Arts Education & Nonprofit Resources Online
Follow the links below for information about the following organizations, associations and nonprofit resources.
Association of School Administrators
AASA is the professional organization for more than 14,000 educational leaders across America and in many other countries. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children.
Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts is a leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it serves more than 150,000 organizational and individual members and stakeholders.
The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) is a national coalition of arts, education, business, philanthropic and government organizations that demonstrate and promote the essential role of the arts in the learning and development of every child and in the improvement of America's schools.
ArtsEdSearch (Arts Education Partnership)
ArtsEdSearch.org is an online clearinghouse that collects and summarizes high-quality research studies on the impact of arts education and analyzes implications for educational policy and practice.
ArtsEdge (John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts)
ArtsEdge supports the placement of the arts at the center of the curriculum and advocates creative use of technology to enhance the K-12 educational experience. ArtsEdge empowers educators to teach in, through, and about the arts by providing the tools to develop interdisciplinary curricula that fully integrate the arts with other academic subjects.
for Supervision & Curriculum Development
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development is an international, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of professional educators whose jobs cross all grade levels and subject areas.
Blue Avocado is an online magazine for people who work and volunteer in the nonprofit sector. It offers practical and provocative food for thought for nonprofits. New articles can be read on its website or you can receive the magazine via e-mail by signing up for a free subscription.
BoardSource, a 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service. BoardSource strives to support and promote excellence in board service, is the premier source of cutting-edge thinking and resources related to nonprofit boards, and engages and develops the next generation of board leaders.
CompassPoint Nonprofit Services is a consulting, research, and training organization offers management tools, strategies and resources to nonprofits. With offices in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, it works with community-based nonprofits in executive transition, planning, boards of directors, finance systems and business planning, fundraising, and technology.
of Chief State School Officers
The CCSSO is a nationwide nonprofit organization composed of public officials who lead departments responsible for elementary & secondary education in the states, the US extra-state jurisdictions, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Educational Activity. In representing the chief education officers, CCSSO works on behalf of state agencies that serve pre K -12 students throughout the nation.
for Exceptional Children
CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically under-served individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.
Educational Theatre Association offers theatre festivals for students, professional development programs for theatre teachers, a magazine, a quarterly journal, and much more. Explore publications, advocacy issues, and a calendar of what’s happening in theater education.
Getty Center (Education Programs)
The programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust focus on the visual arts in all of their dimensions, serving both general audiences and specialized professionals.
Guidestar's mission is to revolutionize philanthropy and nonprofit practice by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.
The Independent Sector is a leadership forum for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world. It is a nonpartisan coalition of approximately 600 organizations leads, strengthens, and mobilizes the charitable community in order to fulfill our vision of a just and inclusive society and a healthy democracy of active citizens, effective institutions, and vibrant communities.
County Cultural Coalition
The Coalition invests in grants to local programs designed to preserve and strengthen Jackson County's arts, heritage and humanities and guarantee that every resident benefits from our region's cultural assets.
League of American Orchestras
The League of American Orchestras (formerly the 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.
Compendium of State Standards
Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) draws upon the best of more than 30 years of education research to create practical, user-friendly products that help educators create classrooms that provide all students with opportunities for success. McREL was incorporated in 1966 as Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory, a nonprofit organization created to help educators in the nation’s heartland bridge the gap between research and practice.
National Association for Music Education
Founded in 1907, MENC's membership has grown to nearly 90,000 including active music teachers, university faculty and researchers, college students preparing to be teachers, high school honor society members and MusicFriends. Formerly Music Educators National Conference, the association's name was changed to MENC: The National Association for Music Education to better reflect its mission -- to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all.
for All Foundation
The Music for All Foundation is a national non-profit organization committed to expanding the role of music and the arts in education, to heightening the public’s appreciation of the value of music and arts education, and to creating a positive environment for the arts through societal change.
Art Education Association
NAEA serves more than 17,000 art educators; early childhood, elementary, intermediate, secondary, college and university, administration, museum education, lifelong learning, as well as publishers, manufacturers and suppliers of art materials, parents, students, retired teachers, arts councils, and schools.
Association of Elementary School Principals
The mission of NAESP is to lead in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle level principals and other education leaders in their commitment to all children. NAESP has more than 28,500 members throughout the world.
Association of State Boards of Education
NASBE works to strengthen state leadership in educational policymaking, promote excellence in the education of all students, advocate equality of access to educational opportunity, and assure continued citizen support for public education.
Governors Association (Best Practices Center -
education policy statements and research, reports)
The NGA Center for Best Practices is the nation's only dedicated consulting firm for governors and their key policy staff. The Center's mission is to develop and implement innovative solutions to public policy challenges.
School Boards Association
NSBA seeks excellence and equity in public education through school board leadership.
Foundation for Advancement in the Arts
NFAA's mission is to identify emerging artists and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional developments, and to raise appreciation for, and support of, the arts in American society. NFAA is supported by individuals, corporations, foundations and philanthropic institutions. NFAA seeks out artistically accomplished young people throughout the United States and gives them national recognition through cash awards and scholarships.
Guild of Community Schools of the Arts
The Guild is the national service organization for a diverse constituency of non-profit, non-degree granting institutions located in urban, inner-city, suburban and rural communities throughout the United States. The mission of the NGCSA is to foster and promote broad access to high quality arts education designed to meet community needs. To that end it provides service, advocacy and leadership for community arts education organizations. The NGCSA site offers information about how to start a community school.
The National Congress of Parents & Teachers (PTA) seeks to support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children; to assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children; and to encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of this nation.
Network for Good
The mission of Network for Good is to make it as easy to donate and volunteer online as it is to shop online. The web site offers information and resources for nonprofit organizations, donors, communities and volunteers.
New Horizons for Learning
Although the New Horizons for Learning network retired, its archived information remains accessible. NHL served as a leading-edge resource for educational change. NHL identified, communicated, and helped implement successful educational strategies through its online journal, books, by creating networks and hosting conferences. NHL offered visibility to effective teaching and learning practices, explores and helps implement ideas that have not yet reached the mainstream, and worked in coordination with other reputable networks and learning communities.
Nonprofit Association of Oregon
The Nonprofit Assocaition of Oregon (formerly TACS) is a support organization that understands nonprofit capacity building needs. Through training, consulting, and resources, the Association helps nonprofits throughout the Pacific Northwest strengthen their capacity to achieve their missions and serve our communities. NAO also offers local workshops for nonprofit board members, staff and volunteers.
Nonprofit Risk Management Center
The Nonprofit Risk Management Center provides free technical assistance by telephone or e-mail to nonprofit staff and volunteers, and it produces publications. The Center offers online tools to help create policies, develop risk management and financial management plans, and more. It produces a Risk Management Essentials newsletter, which is distributed to thousands of nonprofits three times each year.
Art Education Association
The Oregon Art Education Association is affiliated with the National Art Education Association and is dedicated to teaching art to all students as part of a complete educational experience.
Oregon Arts Commission
The Oregon Arts Commission was established in 1967 to foster the arts in Oregon and ensure their excellence. Nine commissioners, appointed by the governor, determine policies, establish Long-Range Plans, and review applications to grants programs to determine funding levels. In 1993, the Commission became a division of the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department.
Department of Education
The Oregon Department of Education acts as a liaison and monitors implementation for a variety of state and federal programs. Information about Oregon’s schools, as well as professional development opportunities for teachers, education policies, budget information, statistics and other information is available online.
Music Educators Association
Oregon Music Educators Association promotes excellence in music education and serves the professional needs of music educators.
The U.S. DOE’s mission is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation.
YSSO Organization Bylaws [PDF]