What Are Member-Initiated Briefings?
Through Member-Initiated Briefings MCF members can collaborate with each other to place issues important to them on MCF's program agenda. Briefings bring together grantmakers from across the MCF membership for education, networking and exchange of information. These programs can:
Member-Initiated Briefings are intended to be educational and present a range of viewpoints. They are not a forum to raise funds for a particular organization or cause. Like most other MCF programs, Member-Initiated Briefings have a fee to cover meeting expenses, and they are generally open to MCF members only.
What is the Role of Briefing Sponsors?
Member-Initiated Briefings must be sponsored by a minimum of three MCF member organizations who are committed to planning and attending the briefing. In general, briefing sponsors should be prepared to do the following:
Briefing sponsors must allow ample lead time in order to plan the event, schedule marketing announcements and other make other arrangements. Approximately 12 - 14 weeks or more is recommended so that the briefing can be included in the MCF's marketing vehicles.
What is the Role of MCF?
MCF staff will provide the following assistance for Member-Initiated Briefings:
What Does a Member-Initiated Briefing Cost?
In order to cover planning and implementation costs, MCF charges a base registration fee of $15 per person for Member-Initiated Briefings. This fee covers staff time, supplies, and light refreshments (up to $5 per person). This fee does not cover location or speaker fees. If additional costs will be incurred, co-sponsors can cover those costs directly, reimburse MCF for these expenses, or build them into the registration fee. If the co-sponsors decide the Briefing should be free to participants, they may pay a flat $500 sponsorship fee (not including additional costs) and MCF will waive the registration fee.
MCF will list the names of the sponsoring organizations on our website and in any communications about the event, and MCF will acknowledge the co-sponsors at the event.
Interested in Co-Sponsoring a Briefing?
If you have co-sponsors and a topic you'd like to submit for a briefing, please complete the Member-Initiated Briefing Proposal and email it to Katina Mortensen. An MCF staff member will contact you within 3 business days to discuss your proposal. If you would like to discuss your briefing ideas or would like help in identifying potential co-sponsors, please contact Katina.