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Here you'll find an overview of MCF's resources, networks and learning opportunities for grantmakers. 

Most information is accessible to all grantmakers; many programs and network opportunities, however, are member only.

View a list of our member grantmakers. Interested in seeing your name on that list? Check out the benefits of membership.

Education and Professional Development

EducationMCF offers exceptional programming and other resources that span a wide array of skill levels, funding interests, and current topics in philanthropy. Learn more about what MCF can offer you.

Research and Information


As the premier source on philanthropy in the state of Minnesota, MCF produces Giving in Minnesota, a comprehensive analysis of the trends and patterns of giving by organized philanthropy in the state; annual Grantmaker Rankings, which document the largest grantmakers in the state by grants paid, assets, and type; and the Outlook Report, forecasting grantmaker giving for the coming year.

In addition to conducting research, MCF publishes resources around core competencies in philanthropy including:

To see a full list of the multiple interest areas about which MCF collects and produces information, visit Grantmaker Resources.


CommunicationsMCF delivers the latest grantmaker information to your mailbox or inbox for free. MCF publishes Giving Forum, a quarterly newspaper on Minnesota grantmaking, and two biweekly e-newsletters, MCF Notes, for members only, and Giving Memo, for nonprofits and others interested in philanthropy.

Subscribe to these communications when you create or update your MCF profile and dashboard.

Government Relations

1702304735_1c9da19156_sMCF has actively represented and advocated on behalf of Minnesota philanthropy since its inception in 1969. MCF monitors legislation that is important to the philanthropic community through direct contact with legislators and grassroots organizing. Government relations activities include:

  • Foundations on the Hill, an annual opportunity for grantmakers to meet with their lawmakers in Washington, D.C., co-sponsored by the national Council on Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
  • Regular visits and contact with federal and state legislators


LeadershipMCF plays an important leadership role in the state and national philanthropic community, helping grantmakers become more effective. MCF's leadership initiatives include:

  • Philanthropy & Public Trust, comprehensive resources to help private, corporate and community/public foundations understand their legal requirements and obligations.
  • Diversity & Inclusivity in Philanthropy, a suite of resources including MCF's "Working Towards Diversity" benchmarking reports, the Diversity & Inclusion Action Kit, our groundbreaking Diversity Framework and more.
  • Public Policy, resources to assist grantmakers in using publicy policy and advocacy to enhance impact.
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The Saint Paul Foundation Announces 75th Anniversary Racial Equity Grant Program

(May 8, 2015) - In honor of its 75th anniversary, The Saint Paul Foundation has announced a new grant program designed to raise awareness of the work nonprofit...

Great Lakes Expands Grants for Colleges Committed to Making Internships More Equitable

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Great Lakes Commits $4.2 Million to Prepare More Students for College Math & English

(Apr. 23, 2015) - Being prepared to pass gateway math and English classes is especially crucial for college students to earn their degrees. But more and more st...

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation Awards BookStart Grants

(Apr. 23, 2015) - SMIF awarded 10,000 books with a total value of $163,809 in partnership with Capstone Publishers. BookStart, now in its thirteenth yea...