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? Use the links below to learn more about joining.

Find upcoming events and meetings that affiliated networks and coalitions have shared with MCF on our event calendar. Learn more about affiliated networks and coalitions.

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.


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.


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 the Collaborative's Director, Jean Sazevich, or go to the website:


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


Solidarity MN

Solidarity MN is a collaboration of Minnesota foundations aligned in our commitment to community. Motivated by the core principles that strengthen the fabric of our society, we are compelled to uphold values of inclusion, equity, and democracy.Our current focus rests on supporting immigrants and refugees disparately impacted by national policies and rhetoric which have generated a divisive and uncertain climate. Together, we seek avenues to advocate for the wellbeing, safety, and inclusion of our neighbors, friends, and family. For more information, please contact Allie Larson, Greater Twin Cities United Way.


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


St. Cloud Area Funders Group

The St. Cloud Area Funders Group exchanges information on funding priorities, programs, events, and initiatives; explores collaboration opportunities; and considers initiatives that the funders group might launch or drive. For more information, please contact Susan Lorenz, Central Minnesota Community Foundation.