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McQueen Philanthropic, leverages her deep knowledge of artists and the urban spaces and systems in which they work to support the strategic interests of funders, philanthropists, and nonprofits.

Consulting services include program evaluation, strategic positioning, panel facilitation, and grant proposal review. Drawing on over twenty-five years of experience in philanthropy, McQueen creates, manages, and analyzes grant making systems, writes about art and philanthropy, mentors emerging practitioners, and serves as a thought partner to senior executives. 

Contracts may be long- or short-term, hourly, or project-based. All work is grounded a thorough understanding of client goals and a clear set of deliverables.

Clients include Americans for the Arts; ArtsEmerson; Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation; Boston Children’s Museum; Boston Foundation; Commonwealth Shakespeare; Cultural Organization of Lowell; Kresge Foundation; Massachusetts Cultural Council; Carl & Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation; and others.

  1.    For the Boston Foundation, conducted key informant interviews to identify pubic perceptions and opportunities for collaboration; represented foundation’s strategic interests in lieu of staff; supported hire of Arts Program Director; and managed the process to select ten artists as Brother Thomas Fellows, 2014 – 2015

  2.    For the Kresge Foundation, conducted qualitative analysis and wrote case studies about the College Arts and Community Arts pilot projects, national initiatives that distributed $3.9 million in 13 multi-year grants, 2013

  3.    As a panelist, reviewed proposals and made recommendations for capital or planning grants, Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Cultural Facilities Fund, 2014 – 2016 

  4.    For Americans for the Arts’ Animating Democracy program, wrote a series of essays about funders that make grants in the arts to support social justice goals,, 2012-2015

  5.    Managed Kresge-funded Berkshire Capitalization Initiative: developed RFPs to select grantees and financial consultant, developed two public conversations and monitored project progress for Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, 2011-2012

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