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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