(Jan. 18, 2013) "” After 25 years of service to the Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF), President Bill King has announced that he will step down later this year.
After 12 years as president, King plans to retire as of June 30, 2013. "I have had a terrific 25 years working with the Minnesota Council on Foundations," said King. "The decision to step down has been difficult, as I will miss the terrific people who give so generously to our communities through foundations and corporate giving programs. A highlight of my tenure has been the privilege of serving the grantmaking community and advancing philanthropy in our state."
A strong believer in providing high quality services and leadership to philanthropists, King led efforts to enhance MCF's educational programming and member networks. Under his direction, MCF was recognized as a national leader in work on public trust and accountability, and on diversity, equity and inclusion.
Throughout his career King worked to establish MCF as a network for funders, a resource for effective grantmaking and grantseeking, and a voice for philanthropy, representing the sector to key audiences and raising understanding of the role and impact of philanthropy in Minnesota.
"Under Bill King's leadership, MCF has provided consistently excellent service to its members and strengthened philanthropy in Minnesota," said Kevin Walker, chair of MCF's board of directors, and president and CEO of Northwest Area Foundation. "Bill has also positioned MCF as a national leader that is widely respected within the field of philanthropy for its early and innovative efforts on diversity research, public policy work and more."
Having reached 25 years of service, King stated it is time to move in a new direction with a sense of accomplishment about his achievements at MCF. He said, "I'm eager to step away from the day-to-day rush of running an association and to take time to reflect on what's next for me, whether that's one more full-time professional position, a step toward part-time work or full retirement. In any event, I'll continue to be a passionate supporter of philanthropy and volunteerism in our state."
In addition to his role as president of MCF, King has been an active leader in national and international organizations supporting the growth of philanthropy and civil society. He currently serves on the board of WINGS (Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support) based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a past chair of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, and represented regional philanthropy on the board of the national Council on Foundations. King has also been active in Minnesota's nonprofit community throughout his career serving on and chairing multiple boards.
"The MCF board recognizes that, in Bill's successor, we need a talented leader who can build on the association's record of excellence," Walker said. "Bill and his outstanding staff have built a durable platform for member service and field leadership. I am excited about the next chapter."
The search for Bill King's successor will be conducted by a search committee of the board, led by MCF board and executive committee member Nancy Nelson, who is a board member of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation and is vice president, chief actuary of the company.
About the Minnesota Council on Foundations
The Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF) works actively to expand and strengthen a vibrant community of diverse grantmakers who individually and collectively advance the common good. MCF members represent three-quarters of all grantmaking in the state, awarding almost $1 billion annually. Members include private family and independent foundations, community and other public foundations, and corporate foundations and giving programs. For more information, visit www.mcf.org.