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strengthening, unifying and connecting greater Cleveland's arts and culture sector

Reference Desk



Browse through these tools for nonprofits in the form of guides, templates and examples. Find resources for nonprofit strategic planning, hiring a consultant, developing job descriptions or other important management tools. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, our Reference Desk includes a list of nonprofit service organizations that may offer the information you need. In addition, Creative Compass offers guides directed at individual artists and creative businesses, which offer a depth of knowledge in each of the site’s main topics.

State Legislative Process

The process by which a bill becomes a law varies slightly by state, but most follow this general process

Strategic Planning Guide

Arts and culture organizations both locally and nationally are recognizing the need for strategic planning. This briefing paper outlines some considerations a nonprofit should make before engaging in a strategic planning process.

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Tips for staying in touch with influencers

Establishing an honest and straightforward relationship with your policymakers can be beneficial when a need arises. It's important these relationships are started early and maintained continuously. In doing so, you can celebrate the work you both do within your community and can trust them to assist when you are in need.

Tips for Using Personal Stories

How to use personal stories in the media.

Tips for Working with a Public Official

It is extremely helpful to have strong allies among public officials. Get to know where public officials stand on issues and find those who are sympathetic to your issues. Public Officials interested in working on these issues often have a personal connection. Building relationships with public officials opens the door to work more closely with them when changing public policy through shaping the debate on the issues, introducing bills and resolutions, and other effective ways to shape public policy.

Tips on Providing Testimony

It might be appropriate for you to give testimony on a bill at some point. Providing testimony can be a formal process. Here are some tips on preparation, protocol/etiquette and location of hearings.

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is defined as any action that speaks in favor of, recommends, argues for a cause, supports or defends, or pleads on behalf of others. This fact sheet offers a look at how advocacy is defined and what kinds of activities comprise advocacy work.