MQC clients include colleges and universities, PK-12 schools and districts, community organizations, religious groups, associations and other not-for-profit organizations, state and municipal agencies, and individuals.
Our services are designed to meet a wide range of needs, with transparent, flat-fee pricing. We also respond to requests for proposals/quotes (RFPs/RFQs) to propose solutions to specific demands at competitive rates.
MQC is also committed to advocacy aimed at eliminating barriers and achieving equity for underrepresented groups and individuals. Fifteen percent of our time is reserved for low- and no-fee support for organizations that could benefit from external consultation but not otherwise justify the investment. It was a founding principle that an organization's limited budget would never prevent MQC from providing support. It's a point of pride that this has remained a continual practice throughout the years.
The MQC team conducts proposal development and funding opportunity workshops, strategic planning sessions, and evaluation site visits year-round.
Prior to the stay at home orders of 2020, we also hosted the MQC Proposal Writing Retreat series several times per year. The last session of this five-day, four-night, all-inclusive event was held at the Historic Glasbern Inn in Fogelsville, PA. As with Glasbern, all retreat sites are selected on the basis of luxurious, unforgettable locations that remove as many concerns as possible - and provide extraordinary chefs, sommeliers, and service - to foster participants' total focus on proposal writing and professional development.
MQC is a proud ally of #BlackLivesMatter and #BlackInTheIvory. An upcoming series of workshops for National Institutes of Health (NIH) applicants will follow a community-wide town hall on solutions to persistent racial disparities in NIH awards.
MQC's client relationships tend to be long-term, benefiting from an accumulation of institutional knowledge and an understanding of how individual projects contribute to organizational goals. When you choose this route, you'll have a primary point of contact at MQC to keep concurrent projects running smoothly and to coordinate the engagement of specific subject matter experts.
When our assignment is more finite -- to facilitate a strategic planning session, for example, or to conduct our signature Late Stage Proposal Review with an individual researcher -- you'll still experience our collaborative, can-do approach to pursuing opportunities and solving problems.
Some shared personal characteristics keep the MQC team from following a conventional, charge-by-the-minute consulting model. In all cases, we aim to be approachable, thoughtful, and collaborative, removing as many barriers as possible to clients' achievement of goals.
While we're a small business, our individual careers have been expansive and driven by the very demands our clients face. As former program officers, reviewers, bureaucrats, administrators, researchers, and grantees, we are sensitive to time, cost, and effort. Our goal is to ensure that the engagement of an MQC consultant is one of the smoothest and most effective facets of any project.