Frances Phillips, Walter & Elise Haas Fund

TITLE: Program Director, Arts and The Creative Work Fund

 FOCUS AREAS: Art, culture

CONTACT: (415) 398-4474; frances@haassr.org

PROFILE: Frances N. Phillips is the arts grantmaking guru at the Walter & Elise Haas Fund and she’s worked for the foundation since 1994. She’s also been an instructor at her alma mater, San Francisco State University since 1982. Professional affiliations include Grantmakers in the Arts Reader, Northern California Grantmakers, Intersection for the Arts, and Community Initiatives. In 2014, she published the Nonprofit Kit for Dummies, 4th Edition. Phillips has taught grantwriting courses within the technical and professional writing program at San Francisco State University. Her SFSU bio shares:

Frances Phillips is the Program Director for the Arts and The Creative Work Fund at the Walter and Elise Haas Fund in San Francisco. She was previously Executive Director of Intersection for the Arts (1988-1994) and Director of the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University (1985-88). Phillips has more than 20 years of experience with fundraising and grantwriting for non-profit organizations in the fields of arts, humanities, health, education, and human services. She serves on the boards of the California Alliance for Arts Education, Community Initiatives, Grantmakers in the Arts, and GreatNonprofits; and she is co-editor of the Grantmakers in the Arts Reader (a professional journal).

In 2001, Frances and Stan Hutton published The Nonprofit Kit for Dummies, a guide to starting and managing nonprofit organizations, published by Wiley. A third edition of The Nonprofit Kit for Dummies will be released in December 2009. Phillips also is the author of three books of poetry published by Kelsey Street Press (Berkeley, CA) and by Hanging Loose Press (Brooklyn, NY). She reviews poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for local and national newspapers and journals, and she is a member of the Northern California Book Reviewers Association.

Phillips holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in Literature and Languages from Reed College.