Coronavirus Resources

MCF Activates 2020 COOP Plan

MCF has developed a 2020 Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), in response to the coronavirus, with the intention to prioritize staff and stakeholder health and well-being. This COOP Plan is a working document which will change with the circumstances if necessary. This plan addresses the specific program and operational needs of the Minnesota Council on Foundations and does not represent advice or direction for any other foundation or organization.

Download the 2020 MCF COOP Plan

This COOP Plan is in effect as of effect Monday, March 16, 2020. The physical MCF office will be closed and work will be remote. Read our Frequently Asked Questions for answers on what this means for you.

Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund (MDRF) for Coronavirus

This fund was created in March 2020 to support community needs as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. The MDRF funds both short and long-term needs that arise within communities, due to coronavirus or future disasters that occur within the state of Minnesota. Funds will be raised through philanthropic entities. 

Learn more about the fund and how to get involved

MCF / MCN Webinar: Grantmaking in Response to Coronavirus

Watch this webinar we co-hosted with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits on March 23 to learn about the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund and the funds launched by The Otto Bremer Trust, Headwaters Foundation for Justice, and the Minneapolis Foundation. MCN also shared survey results about ways that foundations are shifting strategies and funds to meet the needs of nonprofits and communities.

All-Member Calls on Planning, Response, and Recovery

Past calls, including those with the Governor's Office, are available on this page. (Member log-in required)

Find and sign up for future calls on our events calendar

COVID-19 Grants Directory from MCN

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has released a special edition of their grants directory centered around funder response to COVID-19 and disaster relief. View it on their resources page. We encourage funders to email updates about their organization to MCN, so they can be included here.

MCF Webinar on Planning for the Coronavirus

This webinar was held on March 4th in partnership with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, the State of Minnesota, and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. Its purpose was to help nonprofits and foundations think about their own internal continuity of operations, as well as thinking about the external services they provide and how needs may evolve and increase as a result of an outbreak. Our featured speaker was Tanya Gulliver-Garcia from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.

Download the webinar slides

View the webinar (or watch it on YouTube):