MCF Grantmaker Networks

20061005_mcn_127MCF's peer networks are among the most valued membership benefits. If you're new to MCF or new to your role, explore these opportunities.

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.

Networks by Grantmaker Type

Corporate Network
Open to all corporate member staff and trustees, join us to discuss the unique issues and opportunities of corporate grantmaking.

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.

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.

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.

Networks by Job Responsibility or Level of Experience

ComMotion Network
A network for staff at all levels with communications-related job responsibilities.

Finance Network
For those with finance responsibilities, attend programs and participate in online discussions. Email Lori Miller-Shiell to join.

Human Resources Network
For members with HR responsibilities to share resources and best practices. Email Lori Miller-Shiell to join the conversation.

Operations Network
Have operations responsibilities? Tap into the knowledge of peers with similar duties. Email Lori Miller-Shiell to join.

Program Officers Network
This group is for member staff and trustees responsible for conducting appropriate due diligence on grant requests.

Networks by Community Issue or Funding Priority

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.

Education Funders Network
Help unleash greater impact for Minnesota's investment in education through knowledge sharing and networking with the Education Funders Network.

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.

Global Funders Network
Effective global grantmaking can be challenging; join a network of your peers committed to making it a reality.

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.

Minnesota Food Funders Network
A group of Minnesota-based funders who make informed, coordinated and strategic investments to improve key facets of our food system.

Mission Investing Network
The Mission Investing Network is for members who are interested in expanding their experience and knowledge within the field of mission investing.

Youth Funders Network
For funders interested in improving access to quality out-of-school time programs for youth and discussing practices in the field.

Affiliated Networks and Coalitions 

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

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

A Note About Network Privacy and Creating a Safe, Respectful Space for Conversation

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.