The Latest


Philanthropy & Public Trust

Did 151202388_07fe3a2923_syou know?
MCF was founded in 1969 in response to a need to affirm the public's trust in philanthropy. Learn more about the history here from Bill King, former MCF president.

An MCF Leadership Initiative

Philanthropy in Minnesota has a history of being ethical and highly principled. This tradition is built on the shoulders of giving pioneers with names like Crosby, Dayton and Hill.

To ensure that this value of principled work is carried into the future, Minnesota Council on Foundations has developed two guiding documents to assist foundations in the field in conducting their work properly and ethically.

The two cornerstones of MCF's Philanthropy & Public Trust work are:

More Philanthropy & Public Trust Resources:

Principles for Minnesota Grantmakers and Membership

Although MCF encourages all grantmakers to follow the guidelines set forth in these documents, subscribing to the Principles for Grantmakers is required only for MCF members. Subscribing to the Principles is an essential part of MCF's commitment to public trust and accountability.

Many MCF members who subscribe to the Principles proudly display the MCF Principles for Grantmakers badge on the organization's website:


Handshake Photo CC Mushin Schilling

Funders Collaborative Grants $90K in Second Quarter of 2015

(July 22, 2015) - In the second quarter of 2015, the Funders Collaborative awarded 4 grants totaling $90,000 to advance our goals of building a strong local eco...

History and Importance of Principles and Practices for Grantmakers

Built on the shoulders of giving pioneers, philanthropy in Minnesota has a long history of being ethical and highly principled. In 1996, MCF was the first regi...

Giving Forum Spring 2014

Disaster Response, Impact Investing and Better Grantmaking Learn how Margaret A. Cargill Foundation is responding when disaster strikes and how it aims to buil...

Giving Forum Fall 2012

Dos and Don'ts: Grantseeking and Grantmaking Even with the best of intentions, inefficiencies and stumbling blocks can strain interactions between grantmakers ...

Don't Ask Grantseekers to Jump Through Hoops

Most grantmakers take their responsibility of supporting nonprofits very seriously, and all members of the Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF) formally subsc...