Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship

Background on the Fellowship

In 2013 MCF and Bush Foundation partnered to launch a program to prepare individuals from underrepresented communities for careers in philanthropy. That fellowship was imagined to be about more than changing the face of leadership in philanthropy; it was intended to also infuse new ideas and viewpoints into the field.

In July of 2013, the world lost Ron McKinley: a mentor, philanthropist, and change-agent. Ron was a person known for tireless work across his career to ensure that all people from traditionally under-served communities could be afforded equal access, opportunities, and necessary resources to fully participate in philanthropy. In honor of Ron and his legacy - and with his family's blessing - the fellowship was named in his remembrance.

Ron McKinley’s values and his desire to see underrepresented people fully included, valued and thriving across systems is a guidepost for the Minnesota Council on Foundations Ron McKinley Fellowship Program.

The Ron McKinley Fellowship concluded in 2019.


Meet the Fellowship Alumni: