Associated Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired Strengthens Leadership Team, Appoints Tara Quinn as Director of Development

PHILADELPHIA (Mar. 17, 2021) – The Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB), Philadelphia’s leading provider of services for this population, announced the appointment of Tara Quinn as director of development.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tara to our leadership team,” said President and CEO, Karla McCaney. “As we continue to move forward in our strategic plan, strengthening our agency with dedicated staff to facilitate our relationships with partners, friends and donors is crucial. That kind of support will enable us to provide a breadth of accessible services and referrals for Philadelphia’s vision loss community. Tara’s extensive experience in nonprofit management, development and fundraising, coupled with her dedication to the community of people living with vision loss will propel ASB’s work forward to provide wrap-around support to the population we serve.”

Quinn joins ASB with more than 20 years of nonprofit experience. Currently, Quinn is the capital campaign director at West End Neighborhood House, coordinating a $5 million capital campaign to build housing for homeless youth and youth aging out of foster care. Also, as principal consultant at Quinn Partners, LLC, Quinn assists nonprofits in all aspects of fundraising and strategic planning. Before establishing her consulting practice, Quinn was the first regional director for Vision to Learn, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free eye exams and glasses to children in low-income communities. During her tenure, Quinn launched Vision to Learn’s East Coast expansion, the first statewide public-private partnership of its kind, raising more than $1 million in grants and contributions and partnering with all Delaware school districts to provide more than 6,000 free eye exams and glasses to children.

Quinn is a committed community volunteer, serving on numerous nonprofit boards such as Ministry of Caring and Kendal Charitable Funds. As a certified fundraising executive (CFRE), Quinn is a member of both the Delaware and Philadelphia chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In addition, Quinn chaired the capital campaign for the Delaware Children’s Museum and coordinated several political campaigns.

“I was first attracted to ASB, because I was so impressed by its leadership team,” said Quinn. “Board Chair Tom Teesdale and President and CEO Karla McCaney’s partnership struck me as a rare and special dynamic. I am excited to continue my work for the vision loss community and carry out ASB’s mission of inspiring independence.”

A Greater Philadelphia native, Quinn earned her master’s degree in business from Widener University in health care administration, with a focus on long-term care, and her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Immaculata University.

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About Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
With nearly 150 years of history, Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB) is the largest provider of services to people living with vision loss in Greater Philadelphia. ASB promotes health, independence and self-sufficiency through direct programming focused on skill-building, technology training and enrichment activities. ASB implements a holistic, client-centered approach for all programs whereby individuals can opt in at different levels of intensity and support, based on existing skills, goals and interests.