Rural Funders Working Group Meeting

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm CST
Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, 501 W St Germain St #100, St Cloud, MN 56301

Please join us for a meeting of the Rural Funders Working Group hosted by the Initiative Foundation. This meeting will be focused on the role Greater Minnesota and rural philanthropy can play in promoting equity and inclusion. We'll hear two presentations -- first we'll debrief the recent “Countering Hate, Building Hope” conversation with MN Mayors Together about encouraging a more welcoming, inclusive Minnesota, with Fergus Falls Mayor Ben Schierer and Bernadine Joselyn, Blandin Foundation. Then, we'll hear from Niel Ritchie, MCF’s Greater Minnesota/Rural Census organizer, on the 2020 Census and how Greater MN and rural philanthropy can get involved as a way to promote equity and inclusion in their communities. These presentations will be used as afternoon conversation fodder for the group to dig into these topics as well as any other topics of interest around rural philanthropy.

The Rural Funders Working Group is focused on: 

  • Engaging in peer learning and networking to develop relationships, knowledge, and best practices that support rural grantmaking
  • Raising awareness about rural issues among other grantmakers
  • Developing public policy and systems change reform recommendations that strengthen rural communities; providing a rural lens on MCF’s existing public policy work

This working group is for MCF members interested in rural issues. This is a MCF member-only meeting. Lunch will be provided at the meeting.

Register by: November 1, 2019

MCF cancellation policy: please cancel by 11/1/19. In order to view or cancel current registrations, login to your account at Once you are logged in, click on "My Account" at the top of the screen. Your profile will show up in the main body of the webpage. Click on "Registrations" in the menu above your profile. Here you'll be able to view all your current registrations and cancel if necessary.

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