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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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Jerome Foundation Announces New General Program Grants Awarded

The Jerome Foundation Board of Directors met on May 9, 2014 to review 69 General Program applications, 260 Travel and Study Grant Program proposals, the rene...

Otto Bremer Foundation Announces Procedural Changes to Strengthen Grantmaking Process

(June 26, 2014) - The Foundation is introducing a few procedural changes to the grantmaking process. These changes will help to deepen our understanding of comm...

Jerome Foundation Announces Additional Info Sessions for 2014 Minnesota Film, Video, and Digital Production Program

(June 26, 2014) - Due to a mix-up regarding the June 25th workshop for the Jerome Foundation Minnesota Film, Video and Digital Production Program, new workshop ...

Blandin Foundation Doubles Its Commitment to Early Childhood

(June 18, 2014) – Grand Rapids-based Blandin Foundation announced today that it will make its largest grant commitment ever, extending by another 10 years and...

Otto Bremer Foundation Awards 97 Grants Totaling $6 Million

(June 9, 2014) — The Otto Bremer Foundation awarded 97 grants totaling $6,024,850 in May 2014. A complete list of grants by state is included below. A complet...