MCF provides opportunities to connect, strengthen, and mobilize the philanthropic sector through networks. Networks allow us to learn together, collaborate on common issues, and build strength in numbers. MCF provides the time and space for relationships to grow within the philanthropic community.

Three Types of Networks

  • Connect: Through Peer Networks we connect individuals who have a common identity or role.
  • Strengthen: Through Issue Networks we strengthen organizations and systems around a common priority, issue, or action.
  • Mobilize: Through Special Initiatives we mobilize action in the broader community.

Two Ways to Connect with Peers

MCF offers two ways for you to connect with peers.

  1. Interactive Events – View the MCF Events Calendar.
  2. Online Community – Access the MCF Hub.

MCF members use the Hub to:

  • Request assistance
  • Pose questions or share opportunities
  • Answer questions
  • Share files, documents and best practices
  • Discuss relevant, timely issues about philanthropy
  • View MCF member contact information and connection preferences

MCF Hub Discussion Policies

The following policies apply to MCF’s Hub:

  1. Participation in MCF’s Hub discussions is limited to Hub members; members must be approved by a representative of MCF.
  2. Please ask for permission from the source to quote anything posted on the Hub. MCF cannot assure that information shared on the HUB will remain confidential—please carefully consider the content you post.
  3. Hub members are asked to refrain from discussing grant proposals or organizations seeking funds in this forum.


Opinions expressed on the Hub are those of the writer, not the Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF). No material on the Hub may be duplicated electronically or in print form, re-transmitted, redistributed or otherwise used for commercial purposes. Any user who duplicates, re-transmits, redistributes or otherwise uses material on the Hub shall be solely responsible for violations of copyright, proprietary or other personal right, including libel, slander or other personal injury. The user agrees to indemnify and hold MCF harmless from any loss or damage, including attorneys' fees, arising out of any claim or proceeding instituted on the grounds that any of the foregoing rights have been violated.

Private foundations are prohibited by law from lobbying, promoting a specific candidate or ballot measure or engaging in commercial activities. MCF shall not be responsible for any prohibited activity engaged in by participants of the Hub. MCF reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.

Learn More

Hub Quick Start Guide