Affiliated Networks & Coalitions

Affiliated Networks and Coalitions

Affiliated Networks and Coalitions are Minnesota-focused philanthropic groups that engage a number of MCF members and are housed outside of MCF. They could fit anywhere on the collaborative philanthropy spectrum – peer network, working group or collaboration (e.g. a funders collaborative housed at a community foundation, a local chapter of a national affinity group, etc.) MCF supports affiliated networks and coalitions by providing promotion and meeting space.

Looking to Join an Affiliated Network or Coalition?

Please note: This is not an exhaustive list of all Minnesota-focused philanthropic groups. Contact Katina Mortensen if you are interested in adding an affiliated network or coalition you are involved in to this list.

Current Affiliated Networks and Coalitions

CHANGE Philanthropy
CHANGE Philanthropy (formerly known as Joint Affinity Groups) was founded in 1993 to unify identity-focused philanthropic affinity groups into an empowered coalition. MCF members represent a variety of diverse funders with varied funding interests. MCF is proud to partner with the local affinity groups you can find on this page.

Corporate Volunteerism Council – Twin Cities (CVC-TC)
CVC-TC is a professional organization consisting of corporate and nonprofit members who promote volunteerism throughout the community. CVC-TC helps strengthen our members’ volunteerism efforts by offering a diverse member network, excellent programming and leadership development opportunities. Through our collaborative efforts, we bring corporations and nonprofit organizations together to improve communities. Learn more or contact for information about membership or upcoming events.

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. For more information and to be added to the distribution list, contact Rajean Moone, Finish Strong Coordinator.

Heading Home Minnesota Funders Collaborative
The Heading Home Minnesota Funders Collaborative is a group of foundations and intermediaries focused on preventing and ending homelessness in Minnesota. The Collaborative actively partners with the State Office to Prevent and End Homelessness to promote effective, scalable and sustainable strategies to prevent and end homelessness by 2020. For more information, please contact, or go to the website:

Legal Services Funders Group
The Legal Services Funders Group is an open group for philanthropic partners who may support legal services to learn more about the legal services ecosystem in Minnesota and current issues in the arena. For more information and to be added to the distribution list, please contact Tessa Wetjen.

Minnesota Network of STEM Funders & Supporters
The Minnesota Network of STEM Funders & Supporters is an informal gathering of leaders in the STEM community from the business sector and foundations in Minnesota that are engaged and support STEM education, career exploration, and workforce development. Our goals are to build a STEM business community with better communication and networking, understand targets/goals for STEM support, learn best practices and share ideas, recognize current resources available and pinpoint resource gaps, identify possible opportunities for collaboration or alignment for maximum impact, and engage broader community to support overall objectives. For more information, please contact Tim Barrett at 

PEAK Grantmaking (formerly Grant Managers Network)
PEAK Grantmaking is a member-led national association of professionals who specialize in grants management for funding organizations. The people of PEAK Grantmaking come together to form a vibrant community of grantmaking practice that advances shared leadership and learning across the sector. The MN region of PEAK Grantmaking hosts meetings and events throughout the year. To receive invitations, please sign up for a free PEAK Grantmaking membership at

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 grantmaking to improve early childhood efforts in Minnesota. For more information, please visit