For You and the People You Serve

When you become part of MCF you step up to help continue a strong, nationally recognized tradition of philanthropy and join a vibrant philanthropic community collectively advancing prosperity and equity in every part of the state. 

You connect with others who seek to bring new ideas and innovation to their work and to the practice of grantmaking. You land in a community that gives you access to people and the tools you need to have meaningful impact in the lives of the people and communities you serve. You commit to sharing the responsibility for upholding standards of quality that preserve the public's trust in philanthropy.

Here to Help You Connect

We are here to help you connect -- to the right information, the right tools and the right people. We provide full team support for all who work in our community of Minnesota grantmaking organizations. Do you have a great idea to share with others? Do you need information to help you do your work? Is there an opportunity or challenge you see in the community that merits the attention of other grantmakers? Are you looking to find others who do the same work you do, to share ideas and professional support? Whatever the reason, we invite you to start a conversation with us.

Our member resource team (see below) wants to be there "in the moment" when you need help. Pick up the phone. Shoot us an email. Pull us aside at a meeting. We are committed to connecting you with the right person at MCF or elsewhere to answer your questions, move your ideas forward or provide you with the resources and support you need.

If you are part of an MCF member organization, contact us. Not a member? Let's talk about how you can get involved and realize the benefits of MCF membership. Contact MCF's member engagement manager Kristen Cullen at 612.335.3417 or

Foundation Type Liaison

Your MCF membership lliaison is your "point of entry" contact for any question. What to know more about how to best use your member services? Have a question about an event? Need help finding a resource? Want to know more about MCF?  Contact your membership  liaison!

Community Foundations

Katina Mortensen, director of public policy, is your lead contact at community foundations. 

Contact Katina: 612.335.3597 or



Corporate Giving

Paul Masiarchin, director of member services, is your lead contact if you advance philanthropy through corporate giving. 

Contact Paul: 612.335.3418 or




Family Foundations

Kristen Cullen, member engagement manager, is your lead contact if you advance philanthropy through the work of a family foundation. 

Contact Kristen: 612.335.3417 or


Independent Foundations

Susie Brown, MCF president, is your lead contact at private, independent foundations. 

Contact Susie: 612.335.3557 or



Opportunities for MCF Members

If you participate in advancing philanthropy in Minnesota as staff or a volunteer supporting an MCF-member organization, you have access to the following member-only opportunities:

  • Networks: In person and online, our various networks make it easy for you to meet and work with colleagues at other grantmaking organizations, working together to advance the field of philanthropy or create systems change. In addition, we have invested in The Hub, an online community that our members use to connect and share resources.

  • Professional Development: Learn how grantmakers are continually finding new ways to be effective in their work by attending our annual conference, signature programs, other programs, issue briefings and more for grantmaking leaders, staff, donor advisors, board members and trustees.

  • Visibility: We bring your organization's giving and community involvement stories to a wider audience with coverage in our publications, by the local media and more. 

  • Job Listings: Post your open positions for free on MCF's jobs board, visited over 8000 times per month

  • Voice: We provide a unified voice to strengthen and protect philanthropy and advance the voice of philanthropy in support of inclusion and equity by representing you before elected officials, the media, nonprofits and the general public.

  • Service and Support: We get to know you, your organization and its goals, and you receive personalized attention from the knowledgeable professionals on our member resource team (see above) and other members of our staff, all of whom are committed to helping you excel. 

  • Leadership: You can help shape the direction of philanthropy in Minnesota as a member of an MCF committee or on its board of directors, and as a sponsor for special initiatives that help us all do more to strengthen philanthropy in Minnesota.

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