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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Otto Bremer Foundation Awards 93 Grants Totaling $5 Million

(Apr. 16, 2014) — The Otto Bremer Foundation awarded 93 grants totaling $5,456,033 in March 2014. Grants support programs and organizations in the Twin Citie...

Paul Bachleitner Selected New Communications Director for Northwest Area Foundation

(Mar. 25, 2014) – Paul Bachleitner has been selected as the new communications director for the Northwest Area Foundation, and will assume his new position Ap...

Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation Receives $100,000 Grant from Bremer Foundation

(Feb. 16, 2014) - The Otto Bremer Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to the FM Area Foundation. Moving Our Community Forward Powerfully and Inclusively is ...

Otto Bremer Foundation Awards 37 Grants Totaling $3 Million

(Feb. 11, 2014) – The Otto Bremer Foundation awarded 37 grants totaling $2,939,738 in January 2014. A complete list of grants by state is available to downlo...

Jerome Foundation Announces Seven Minnesota Film and Video Grants

(Jan. 31, 2014) - The Jerome Foundation Board of Directors, at its Board meeting on September 9, 2013, authorized seven grants based on the recommendations of ...