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 today’s Minnesota Council on Foundations Ron McKinley Fellowship Program.

Fellowship Program Relaunch

The new version of the Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship is here! MCF will be hosting member information sessions to share the new framework and plan for the next iteration of our fellowship. The relaunch brought together many stakeholders that were engaged in the process.
A new and central feature of the program will increase focus on the foundations and the imperative work being accomplished for equity - specifically racial equity work.


Meet the Current Fellows and Alums: 


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