Lynn and Dennis Quinn Charitable Family Foundation Fund


A Sparked Interest in PhilanthropyLynn and Dennis Quinn Charitable Family Foundation Fund

Kimberly Quinn began to realize the positive impact she could make in her community after becoming involved in a youth philanthropy program called Teens for Tomorrow (T4T). “Before conducting site visits to organizations that applied for our grant, I was unaware poverty, homelessness, abuse, violence, and unemployment issues exist to the degree they do in our community,” Kimberly said. “Teens for Tomorrow gave me an understanding of local issues and the opportunity to support organizations that work toward solutions.”

A Push in the Right Direction

Kimberly was eager to learn as much as she could about philanthropy and about the Community Foundation, so she began working as an intern for the organization. For two summers Kimberly held an array of job responsibilities and familiarized herself with the Foundation’s mission. In the fall of 2006 Kimberly asked her parents, Dennis and Lynn Quinn, to consider opening an Acorn Fund at the Community Foundation as a Christmas gift to her and her sisters, Stephanie and Marissa.

After Kimberly’s suggestion, Dennis and Lynn starting thinking about whether opening an Acorn Fund was all they could do. The Quinn’s realized their children were getting old enough to understand the opportunity their family had to give back to the community, and it motivated them to do more. The Lynn and Dennis Quinn Charitable Family Foundation Fund was established to involve their children in the giving process and to provide support to area nonprofits.

“Our hope is that the fund continues to grow as we contribute to it every year, and that after my wife and I pass, additional funds will be given to it,” said Dennis. “We want our children to have a hand in growing the fund and directing its contributions.”

The Quinn’s plan to visit organizations that are of charitable interest. Dennis believes Kimberly’s site visit experience in T4T proved to be a worthwhile activity and it will enhance his family’s understanding of potential grant recipients.

"An acorn fund allows us the flexibility to grow our endowment over time, receive tax advantages, and also support our children's college education."

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