Independent Foundations

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Independent foundations are the most common type of private foundation. They are generally founded by an individual, a family or a group with a shared interest.

On this page staff and trustees of private independent foundations will find special programming, research, news and resources created and carefuly curated to help enhance and support the grantmaking that you do.

Interested in exploring the benefits of membership? You can read about the services MCF has to offer private independent foundations (PDF).

Considering starting a foundation?
The Tool Kit for Giving will inform you of your options.

View our Member Roster to see a complete list of our private independent foundation members.

MCF Resources

MsalasStaff Contact
Maria Salas, director of member services

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

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The Latest

Otto Bremer Foundation Awards $10.7 Million in Grants to 110 Organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota and Western Wisconsin

(Dec. 8, 2014) — The Otto Bremer Foundation (OBF) has awarded $10.7 million in grants and a program-related investment to 110 organizations in Minnesota, No...

Otto Bremer Foundation Announces $1.9 Million in Finish Line Scholarship Program Grants for Ten MnSCU Colleges

(Oct. 16, 2014) — The Otto Bremer Foundation today awarded the first grants to fund the Finish Line Scholarship Program within the Minnesota State Colleges an...

Otto Bremer Foundation Awards 99 Grants Totaling $6.7 Million

(Oct. 9, 2014) — The Otto Bremer Foundation awarded 99 grants totaling $6,708,775 in September 2014. Grants support programs and organizations in the Twin Cit...

Knight News Challenge on Libraries Offers $2.5 Million for Innovative Ideas

(Sept. 10, 2014) – As libraries nationwide redefine their role in the digital age, the need for ideas that build on their potential to spark innovation and sp...

Headwaters Foundation for Justice Announces the Community Innovation Grants Recipients

(Sept. 2, 2014) - Headwaters believes that communities hold the wisdom for innovative solutions. Under this new partnership with the Bush Foundation, Headwaters...