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MCF provides research and information on Minnesota philanthropy for grantmakers, grantseekers, donors and others. Check out the topics below and download free copies of MCF reports.

Screen_shot_2014-12-03_at_4Giving in Minnesota
Updated December 2014
MCF's definitive report on charitable giving in Minnesota with the latest figures on grantmaking by individual donors, foundations and corporate grantmakers.

Grantmaker Rankings
Released March 2015
These annual lists document the largest grantmakers in the state by grants paid, assets and type.

2013outlookb_smallOutlook Report
Released January 2013
This yearly survey forecasts grantmaker giving for the coming year. According to the most recent survey results, indicators signal that Minnesota grantmakers anticipate a stable 2013, with funding levels rising around two percent from 2012.

Working Towards Diversity IV
Mcfdiversitycolor_rgbReleased April 2011
The new Working Towards Diversity IV research paints a comprehensive picture of demographics, policies and practices on diversity and inclusion of Minnesota grantmakers. Survey results, focus group summaries and highlights from leadership profiles illustrate an ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion in philanthropy.

Minnesota Grantmakers Online (MGO)
Minnesota's most comprehensive searchable database of Minnesota foundations, corporate grantmakers and grants also contains the data that MCF uses to produce Giving in Minnesota and the annual Grantmaker Rankings.

Partner Research

Grantmaker Salary Survey Reports
A members-only resource produced by the national Council on Foundations and made available to MCF members. Reports contains information for dozens of Minnesota grantmakers and include comparisons to other grantmakers across the Midwest.


Minnesota Annual Grantmaker Rankings Released

(March 24, 2015) ― The Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF) today released its annual rankings of the top grantmakers in Minnesota based on cash grants paid...

Charitable Giving in Minnesota Increases: Individual Giving Up; Grantmaking Down Slightly

(Dec. 4, 2014) ― The Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF) today released its Giving in Minnesota, 2014 Edition research, the most comprehensive analysis of ...

Minnesota Grantmaking Bounces Back to All-time High

By Anne Graham In late 2013, the Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF) released its Giving in Minnesota, 2013 Edition research, the most comprehensive analysi...

Giving Forum Winter 2014

Working Together to Solve Grand Challenges The winter issue of Giving Forum focuses on our need to disrupt business as usual and respond innovatively to the gr...

Minnesota Grantmaking: Beneficiaries of All Ages

By Wendy Wehr and Anne Graham Who benefits the most from Minnesota grantmaking? Our youngest residents or our elders? And how has the giving shifted for these ...