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Diversity in Philanthropy

Grantmaking is most effective when grantmakers reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.

Addressing diversity in staffing, funding, purchasing, and community activities enriches grantmaking. However, many organizations struggle with overcoming barriers to becoming more inclusive grantmakers.

MCF offers resources here, some created by MCF and others from trusted sources, to help bridge this gap in leadership and knowledge.

Supplier Diversity

MCF is pleased to offer member access to the CERT system, an easy way to help you find eligible small, minority, and woman owned suppliers. Learn more about CERT and how to access it. (Member log in required)


MCF Resources

MCF Research

  • Working Towards Diversity IV
    Released in April 2011, this report includes survey results and analysis, focus group summaries and highlights from leadership profile interviews.

Diversity and Inclusivity Links


More Websites and Resources

Joint Affinity Groups

Diversity Fellowship Doubles in Size, Extending to Corporate and Rural Areas

The Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF) has selected the 2016 Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellows. Launched as a partnership with the Bush Foundation in 2013,...

Medtronic Commits $2 Million to Support Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture

(Oct. 21, 2015) - Medtronic today announced that it will become a founding donor to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, c...

Saint Paul Foundation Grants Address Question: “What Will You Do To Advance Racial Equity?”

(Sept. 23, 2015) — With 133 requests from cities, schools and nonprofits, The Saint Paul Foundation has approved seven Advancing Racial Equity grants in honor...

Laura Jane Musser Fund Announces Intercultural Harmony Grant Opportunity

(Aug. 6, 2015) - The Laura Jane Musser Fund would like to make you aware of an upcoming grant opportunity in the Intercultural Harmony focus area. For additiona...

Minnesota Department of Health Releases Maternal Wellbeing RFP

(July 15, 2015) - The Minnesota Department of Health released a new request for proposals on July 15th: Maternal Wellbeing Program Launch. Designed through a co...