Plug in to the power of your peers, join a network.
Through MCF's grantmaker networks you can connect with others who share common interests, such as job responsibilities or funding priorities.
As a network member you access space, online and off, to share learnings and experiences, discuss issues, create partnerships, build community and enhance your skills.
Only current network members can access a group's network web page. To join a network, e-mail the MCF staff liason, noting the name of the network in the subject line.
Midwest Independent Community Foundations Network
Open to community foundations geographically located in the Upper Midwest that have an asset size of less than $250 million, that maintain an independent operating structure and are not affiliated with another entity, and that respect and do not compete in the geographic territory of other network members. Email Tara Kumar to join.
Non-Family Foundation Professionals (NFFP) Network
The NFFP Network is open to non-family individuals who are professional staff (or consultants who serve as professional staff) to MCF member family foundations and whose role serves as the most direct connection to the foundation trustees. Members of the network meet every other month to discuss issues, topics and concerns they are currently addressing in their foundations. Email Tara Kumar to join.
Senior Community Affairs Professional (SCAP) Network
SCAP is a corporate member network for the most senior community affairs staff person responsible for grantmaking from member companies. If you meet eligibility criteria, email Tara Kumar to join.
Arts & Culture Funders Network
Are you currently funding or interested in funding arts and culture? This group will help you stay on the pulse of grantmaking in this area. Open to member and non-member grantmakers, email Tara Kumar to join.
Finish Strong Funders Coalition for Aging Services
As Minnesota experiences a dramatic shift toward an older population, the Finish Strong Funders Coalition for Aging Services connects a wide array of public and private funders dedicated to supporting older adults in the community, recognizing them as important contributors, assets, and resources. For more information, please contact Tara Kumar.
LGBT Funders Network
The LGBT funders network is for grantmakers who want to learn to effectively impact issues that shape LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) organizations and communities. Email Tara Kumar to join.
Grants Managers Network (GMN)
The Grants Managers Network (GMN) improves grantmaking by advancing the knowledge, skills and abilities of grants management professionals and by leading grantmakers to adopt and incorporate effective practices that benefit the philanthropic community. The MN region of GMN hosts meetings and events throughout the year with a range of topics related to grants management. To receive invitations, please sign up for a free GMN membership at www.gmnetwork.org.
Joint Affinity Groups
MCF members represent a variety of diverse funders with varied funding interests. MCF is proud to partner with the local Joint Affinity Groups you can find on this page.
Start Early Funders Coalition for Children & Minnesota's Future
The Start Early Funders Coalition for Children & Minnesota's Future represents more than 20 members of Minnesota's philanthropic community dedicated to providing critical leadership and funding for research, program development, public policy and grant making to improve early childhood efforts in Minnesota. For more information, please visit http://startearlyfundersmn.org/.
Networks are private and are accessible only to pre-approved, logged-in group participants. Some networks are MCF-member only, while some include non-member grantmakers, but in all cases all network participants must be pre-approved for full web and listserve access. For pre-approval, see contacts listed above.
In order to create a safe space for grantmakers to freely discuss issues related to their work, we ask that all network participants please refrain from any solicitation.
Please review the MCF Network Listserve Guidelines before posting.