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Family Foundations

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Family foundations are private foundations whose grantmaking is directed primarily by the founder and/or founder's family. Family philanthropy lets donors incorporate their own values into their giving. Learn more.

Family foundations -- from very small, trustee-led organizations to some of the largest grantmakers in the state -- are MCF's largest member group.

The following information and resources provide those engaged in family philanthropy with the latest thinking about strengthening family values through engaged giving, as well as about creating a meaningful difference in the communities they support.

Considering starting a family foundation?
The Toolkit for Giving will inform you of your options.

If you're interested in exploring the benefits of MCF membership, read about our specific services for family foundations (PDF). View our Member Roster to see a complete list of our family foundation members.

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Maria Salas, director of member services

Family foundation members looking for resources or wanting to connect with colleagues are invited to contact Maria.

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Bernick Family Foundation to Award $150,000

(Aug. 1, 2014) - The Bernick Family Foundation announced today plans to award $150,000 to community projects focused on youth and education and health and fitne...

McKnight Approves $10.7 Million in 2nd Quarter 2014 Grantmaking

(July 2, 2014) - The McKnight Foundation awarded 83 grants totaling $10,772,000 to 77 organizations in its second-quarter 2014 grantmaking. Information about ...

James R. Thorpe Foundation Changes Elder Funding Application Deadline and Procedures

(June 23, 2014) - The James R. Thorpe Foundation has changed its application deadline and procedures for Elder Funding. All requests must be completed on-line b...

The Mortenson Family Foundation Opens "A Better Chance" RFP

(May 21, 2014) - The Mortenson Family Foundation seeks to provide A Better Chance for urban youth and families living in poverty in Minneapolis and St. Paul. P...

The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota Approves $785,100 in Grants

(May 1, 2014) - In April, The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota trustees approved 18 grants totaling $785,100. Eleven of these grants are f...