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New Grantmakers Institute

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9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
TractorWorks Building, Washington Room, Minneapolis

$150 MCF members / $275 MCF non-member grantmakers

MCF Member and Nonmember Grantmakers

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New Grantmakers Institute

The New Grantmakers Institute is an immersive day-long workshop designed to equip you with essential knowledge and skills about the field of philanthropy. As a participant, you will delve into the history of institutional philanthropy and its evolving role in communities. Through interactive sessions, you will examine the legal context surrounding philanthropic endeavors and gain insights into the diverse practices within the field. Luncheon conversations provide opportunities for networking and sharing experiences across different grantmaker types. The workshop culminates with reflective discussions on the state of philanthropy, connections to equity and justice, and conversations about your power and role. The goal of the day is to empower you to elevate your personal practice in grantmaking with confidence and purpose.

Our facilitators for the day will be Anna Bosak, Senior Manager, Community Relations & Corporate Giving, Andersen Corporation and Mercedes Plendl, Senior Director of Programs, PFund.

Registration has reached capacity. Please watch for another opportunity to participate this winter.

This workshop is geared toward:
  • Individuals who are new to the world of foundations and grantmaking institutions, including trustees, program officers, grants managers, and others interested in understanding the broad context of their work or service
  • Individuals who have long-time experience working or serving in philanthropy including those who are interested in deepening their own connection to the work, understanding their own power, and exploring their personal professional motivations
Learning areas:

Philanthropy as a Field

  • History of Philanthropy
  • Legal Context
  • Introduction to Grantmaking

Reflective Conversations

  • Luncheon Conversations by Grantmaker Type: family foundations, private independent foundations, community foundations / public grantmaking charities and corporate grantmakers
  • Ask a Grantmaker: What don’t you understand about philanthropy, your work, or your organization?
  • For the reflective conversations, we'll be joined by Ambar Hanson, Executive Director, Mortenson Family Foundation; Olivia Jefferson, Vice President, Social Impact and Executive Director, Best Buy Foundation; and Nancy Zallek, CEO, Mankato Area Foundation.

Philanthropy as a Practice

  • Philanthropy and Community
  • Equity and Justice
  • Launching Your Personal Practice in Philanthropy
Before July 31:
  • Participants are asked to spend up-to one hour reading about the history of philanthropy, via this online resource. This pre-reading assignment will help inform your participation during one of the day's learning modules.
  • Please update your online MCF profile with any dietary restrictions or notify Khin Oo, We will attempt to accommodate all requests made at least one week prior.

For additional information, please reach out to Paul Masiarchin,

In order to create the best in-person experience, this event will not be simulcast. Learn more here.

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