“Despite our recent slowdown, Quincy has remained a champ at making himself available to help the directors weigh options, influence outcomes, untangle nonprofit-specific legal practices, and propose solutions,” says Lori Donovan, also a founding director. "As we return to full-speed ahead, the board wants to highlight and formally thank Quincy for his unstinting dedication to helping Hayven fulfill its purposes."
Carole adds, “Speaking personally, I can count on Quincy to provide me with a steadying hand and help achieving clarity when I’m uncertain. He’s been guiding boards as well as fundraising for decades, so we’ve yet to find ourselves in waters that Quincy hasn’t already navigated. More importantly, and in common with Dan Crippen and Paul Haaga, Quincy has an unerring ethical core and an internal moral compass and that I rely on as we assess relationships, options and choices for Hayven.”
Time as well as access is a valuable commodity for start-up executives. “Quincy can give me more time for unpacking issues than I would expect from our most senior advisors,” Carole explains. “He helps me achieve a degree of granularity that would unnecessarily clutter my time with others. Plus his experience from the asking side of donor relations and fundraising is invaluable to all of us who are new to it, including his co-chair, Dan Donovan, a partner with Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, DC.”
Quincy’s legal and development experience is within academia rather than the business, nonprofit or philanthropy sectors — a nuanced difference that provides special value to Hayven because, after all, we’re an education 501(c)3 that's using technology to accelerate understanding and increase the efficiency of services within the cancer and medical communities. “It’s hard to believe no one is already organizing existing information for cancer survivors and their families in the way we’re proposing to,” Quincy notes, “much less providing coaching in teachable skills like effective decision making and how to assess your research sources. But therein lies a tremendous opportunity for Hayven to do good by providing an obvious, unprecedented service.”
We sometimes describe the portal website we aim to build as the core of our online services as “Cliff Notes for Cancer.”
In addition, Quincy’s tenure at the liberal arts college — which is nestled in the Los Padres National Forest above Los Angeles on an idyllic ranch property formerly owned by the Doheny family — has spanned its decades-long building phase during which offices, classrooms and dorms have risen from the ether of the founders’ vision. His experience with architecture and building enables Quincy to aid with Hayven’s early-stage planning underway as we seek real estate donations to provide: permanent headquarters; a retreat property; and assets to sell in support of our programs.