A Message from Nancy:

Dear Friends, Clients, and Colleagues in the Bay Area Arts Community:

You may have noticed: no matter how hard we hang on to things, change is inevitable.

Quinn Associates is about to undergo a pretty big change. Effective October 1, 2013, I will be closing the firm, and dedicating my time to arts consulting, coaching, and grantwriting as a freelancer.

It's been 25 years since I wrote and submitted my very first grant application as an independent contractor, and since then, I - and, over the years, an amazing cadre of associates - have worked with hundreds of clients: big and small, emerging and established, traditional and contemporary, in every artistic discipline, and in every genre and style. On behalf of our clients, Quinn Associates submitted thousands of proposals and applications (the mind reels!), and we hope, in so doing, played some small part in the Golden Age for the arts that we are experiencing in the Bay Area today.

That said: after 25 years, it's just time to move on. (Lyric from a Tori Amos song: "Girls, you've gotta know when it's time to turn the page.") And that is just what I am doing as of October 1.

My plan is to keep the office at 310 Fourth Street, at least for now, and to continue to consult with, coach, and write for existing and new clients, but the staff - Lori, Marisa, and Jessie - will themselves be moving on, I fully expect, to great new opportunities. The big change for many of Quinn Associates' clients will be reduced services: as a freelance consultant and writer, I will no longer be offering grant submission, bookkeeping, public relations, or other services that have in the past been provided by staff.

Please know that all of us at Quinn Associates want to make this transition as seamless as possible, and we promise to work closely with all of our current clients in the coming months to ensure that it is. You - all of you - are doing great and important work in our community, and we are dedicated to seeing that you are able to continue to do so, long into the future.

Please don't hesitate to call me if you have any questions - I look forward to talking to you about this transition, and what this change looks like from here.

Most Sincerely,
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Nancy E. Quinn

What's on Deck This Month


Announcements and Alerts: 

Quinn Associates is pleased to offer several new arts administration services to the performing arts community in addition to its standard institutional fundraising services. Remember, all services begin with a FREE consultation. Click on the service for more information:

  1. Bookkeeping Services
  2. Individual Donor Campaign
  3. Donor Database Development
  4. Meeting Facilitation
  5. CA Cultural Data Project Preparation & Update
  6. Strategic Planning and Business Planning

Don't miss a fundraising deadline, Quinn Associate's Master Deadline Calendar is posted on the fundraising page. Contact Quinn Associates about writing and polishing your grant application to get that competitive edge!


Arts Management Institute:

On demand coaching with Quinn Associates staff in topics of fundraising, budgeting, communications, branding, and grantwriting are available in coaching sessions of $100 per hour. Contact AMI at info@quinn-assoc.com to arrange appointments.

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Did You Know?

The Greenwall Foundation has closed its funding to emerging artists, after nearly 20 years of grant making in this area. The Foundation's grantmaking will now focus solely on building and enriching the Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics.

The support this foundation offered and the hand it played in shaping the landscape of new and boundary pushing artists and organizations was unparalleled.  Their efforts are an inspiration to all of us.  A final word from Program Officer, Fredrica Jarcho:

“For all the artists who have been assisted by The Foundation’s grants over these years, there are many others who could have been – and perhaps should have been.  The failure to fully appreciate and acknowledge the work of artists who applied for and were declined funding during the past 20 years is something I think about often.  No names here, but they know who they are.  I applaud their efforts and achievements.”

Read the full report…


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Tip of the Month

Five Don'ts of Asking for Donations on Your Website

According to recent research, nonprofits could be leaving as much as 10 percent of their online revenue on the table simply due to two website usability issues: content and design. Check out this great article from Network for Good about ways you can increase your online giving.

And if you liked that, Network for Good has a followup article with the Six "Do's" of Asking for Donations on Your Website.

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