Annual Conference 2023


Join MCF’s 2023 Annual Conference - an inspiring and educational event for Minnesota’s philanthropic sector. In 2023, MCF is partnering with the hosts of Countering Hate to create 2 dynamic days of reflection, peer networking and learning.


Mobilizing Philanthropy | Countering Hate
Downtown Minneapolis

Wednesday, February 8, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 9, 8:00 a.m. – noon


This special collaboration spotlights the best of Minnesota’s philanthropic sector. The 2-day schedule includes peer-led workshops, high profile keynote sessions, informal and formal networking and reflective conversations about philanthropy’s responsibility to step into its power to combat the social ills of hate and white supremacy.

Registration will open in early December with two-day and single-day registration options. Contact Paul Masiarchin with questions.


2023 Conference Schedule


Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

8:00am - 8:30am       

Registration and Exhibit Hall Open 

Continental Breakfast and Networking Discussion Tables

8:45am – 10:00am       

Opening Plenary Session

10:15am – 11:30am   

Breakout Workshops I: Four Peer-led Concurrent Sessions

11:30am – 1:00pm

Luncheon Plenary

1:10pm – 2:10pm

Foundation-Type Discussions: Community, Corporate, Family and Independent

2:10pm – 2:30pm

Dessert Break

2:30pm – 3:45pm 

Breakout Workshops II: Four Peer-led Concurrent Sessions

4:00pm – 5:15pm

Breakout Workshops III: Four Peer-led Concurrent Sessions

5:15pm – 6:00pm

Afternoon Social


Westminster Presbyterian Church


Countering Hate Programming

Session details will be posted in November.


About the Conference Partners








Countering Hate: The hosts of Countering Hate include Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, the Minnesota Council of Churches, and the Muslim American Society of Minnesota. Countering Hate convenes philanthropic leaders — staff and board members — from across Minnesota to create a space for reflective conversation about hate, white supremacy and philanthropy's responsibility to step into its power to combat these societal ills. Learn more here.





Minnesota Council on Foundations: Founded in 1969, MCF brings together Minnesota's philanthropic community each year, under the leadership of the MCF Conference and Program Committee:

  • Jenny Johnson, Committee Chair, Old National Bank
  • Nate Dorr, Northwest Minnesota Foundation
  • Anna Bosak, Andersen Corporate Foundation
  • Imee Cambronero, 3M Foundation
  • Colleen O’Keefe, Sauer Family Foundation
  • JoAnne Peters, Patrick & Aimee Butler Family Foundation
  • Mercedes Plendl, Better Way Foundation
  • Becky Stibbe, Thrivent
  • Caryn Thor Lesser, Greater Twin Cities United Way
  • Kelly Webster, Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
  • Nancy Zallek, Mankato Area Foundation
  • Tenzin Nordon, GHR Foundation