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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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McKnight Approves Over $5.4 Million in 1st Quarter 2014 Grantmaking

(Mar. 26, 2014) - The McKnight Foundation awarded 28 grants totaling $5,440,000 in its first-quarter 2014 grantmaking. Grant totals and representative grants ar...

The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota Announces New Education Funding Priorities

(Feb. 22, 2014) - For the past three years, the Foundation’s education grantmaking largely targeted two longstanding interests: supporting the post-secondary ...

The Patrick & Aimee Butler Family Foundation Opens Community Grants Program

(Feb. 22, 2014) - Through its Community Grants Program, the Butler Family Foundation accepts proposals from 501c3 organizations in the following areas: Arts T...

James R. Thorpe Foundation Announces New Grant Deadlines, Online Application System

(Feb. 3, 2014) - The James R. Thorpe Foundation has changed its application deadlines. The new application deadlines are February 15 for Youth applications an...

Tiwahe Foundation Announces McKnight Foundation's $400,000 Investment

(Jan. 23, 2014) - The Tiwahe Foundation Board of Directors and Seventh Generation Endowment Committee is pleased to announce McKnight Foundation's $400,000 inve...