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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

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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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Otto Bremer Foundation Awards 106 Grants Totaling $5.7 Million

(April 2, 2015) — The Otto Bremer Foundation (OBF) has awarded $5.7 million in grants to 106 organizations as part of its most recent grantmaking cycle.  OB...

Minnesota Annual Grantmaker Rankings Released

(March 24, 2015) ― The Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF) today released its annual rankings of the top grantmakers in Minnesota based on cash grants paid...

Otto Bremer Foundation Announces March Millions Participants

(Feb. 26, 2015) — The Otto Bremer Foundation (OBF) today announced that 100 nonprofit organizations located in southeastern Minnesota have been chosen to part...

Otto Bremer Foundation Announces $1 Million Online Match Campaign

(Jan. 29, 2015) — The Otto Bremer Foundation (OBF) today announced an exciting program to significantly expand its work into southeastern Minnesota. OBF will ...

Jerome Foundation Announces 25 Grants Awarded

(Dec. 22, 2014) - The Jerome Foundation Board of Directors met on September 6, 2014 to review 54 General Programapplications and 64 Film and Video Program appli...