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. Convene and facilitate collaborations between compatible local and national funders and nonprofit leaders

  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. Conduct due diligence for potential grants and monitor philanthropic investments

  2. Research sector trends and community needs

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

Individuals and families work with McQueen Philanthropic to:

  1. Provide support, guidance and research to refine personal interests and passions into a giving strategy with real impact

  2. Design funding programs to achieve clear charitable goals

  3. 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.

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

  5. Review grants and negotiate major gifts 

  6. Set up exploratory site visits in Boston and across the country

  7. Make connections with like-minded local and national philanthropists 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. Facilitate collaborations and explore mergers with compatible nonprofits


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. Interviewed Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, for the Grantmakers in the Arts Reader, Winter 2013

  6. Worked with the leadership of Boston Natural Areas Network, an affiliate of The Trustees of Reservation, the South End/Lower Roxbury Open Space Land Trust and the City of Boston to merge Land Trust gardens into BNAN by transferring unencumbered deeds and raising an operating endowment, January 2011 to July 2012

  7. 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

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

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

  10. 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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