Ann McQueen, principal at

McQueen Philanthropic, has over twenty years experience in philanthropy and a life-long interest in the arts and urban communities.  She has designed funding programs and made strategic investments in the capacity of nonprofits, lead research projects, and managed complex planning efforts to effect real, measurable change.

Foundations benefit from McQueen’s experience and expertise to:

  1. Develop programs and design grant making systems

  2. Ann McQueen has a unique ability to connect vision and strategy to create enduring, high impact philanthropic initiatives. She played a leadership role re-tooling the Boston Foundation's grant making to emphasize large, multi-year general operating support grants for proven and promising organizations, an approach that national philanthropic leaders cite for its boldness and commitment to impact and results. The same creativity and leadership led her to develop the Brother Thomas Fellowships, an artist-endowed initiative to celebrate and support Boston artists, enhancing their ability to create new work.

- Jeff Paquette, Chief Operating Officer, Hunt Alternatives

  1. Manage grant review process including facilitating panels, conducting due diligence, and monitor philanthropic investments

  2. Lead and manage complex projects

The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation worked with Ann on a yearlong project to introduce new ideas about capitalization and leadership to our region’s cultural organizations.  Her deep relationships with national funders and the exquisite clarity with which she framed important issues made her a key partner that I will turn to again.  Oh, and she’s a dazzling writer and editor … her English teacher would be so proud!     

- Jennifer Dowley, President/CEO, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

  1. Research sector trends and community needs

  2. Write about the foundation’s philanthropic impact and role in the field

Individuals and families work with McQueen Philanthropic to:

  1. Design funding programs to achieve clear charitable goals

  2. I’ve worked with Ann in two different ways.  As a donor, I wanted to find a way to connect artists to the clients of social service agencies.  She created a grantmaking process that I continue to use to support, for example, art lessons at the Pine Street Inn.  As a grant seeker, I came to her with the idea for the nonprofit that became The Art Connection.  Her advice was essential to our successful launch and ability to get funding.  She is a wise counselor and a good friend.

  3. - Fay Chandler, philanthropist and founder, The Art Connection

  4. Provide operational support

  5. Facilitate connections with like-minded philanthropic and nonprofit leaders

Nonprofits partner with Ann McQueen to:

  1. Articulate a strong, achievable strategic vision

  2. Write key positioning documents including compelling case statements, annual reports, and program descriptions

  3. Provide strategic advice to development professionals  


Career highlights include:

  1. For the Boston Foundation, conducted a 360° review of arts-related activities and made recommendations for the next phase of grant making, research, convening, and donor engagement, 2015

  2. Served as a panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Cultural Facilities Fund, 2014 and 2015

  3. For the Kresge Foundation, reviewed and drew lessons from two pilot funding initiatives, Community Arts and College Arts, implemented in five cities and eight colleges across the country, 2014

  4. Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts, commissioned Arts for Change Funder Portraits, a series of seven essays and podcast interviews about foundations that support artists and arts organizations to meet social change missions, 2013 to 2015

  5. For the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation managed and designed a Kresge Foundation-supported Capitalization Initiative, which included a grants and financial consulting opportunity and public forums to extend the conversation to the region’s many cultural nonprofits, January 2011 to April 2012

  6. Strategic leadership of statewide effort to develop MassCreative, a creative sector advocacy organization, January 2010 to March 2011

  7. Developed Boston Foundation’s general operating support grants program and realigned strategic framework as member of three-person team, 2009

  8. Co-authored “Vital Signs: Metro Boston’s Arts and Cultural Nonprofits, 1999 to 2004,” a 2007 study of nonprofits’ financial environment and fiscal health

McQueen Philanthropic clients include: Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts; ArtsEmerson; Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation; Boston Children’s Museum; the Boston Foundation; the Kresge Foundation; Massachusetts Cultural Council; the Carl & Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation; and others


Please contact me to discuss your specific needs and interests.


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