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, such as our work on Impact Investing, 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 and register to attend network events.
  2. Online Community – View our member networks (linked above) and reach out to Kristen Cullen to join the peer email list for any network that interests you.

MCF members use peer email lists to:

  • Request assistance
  • Pose questions or share opportunities
  • Answer questions
  • Share files, documents and best practices
  • Discuss relevant, timely issues about philanthropy

MCF Email List Discussion Policies

The following policies apply to MCF’s peer email list use:

  1. Participation in MCF’s peer email list discussions is limited to MCF members; members must be approved by a representative of MCF. (Minnesota Food Funders Network is open to anyone working to fund food issues in Minnesota.)
  2. Please ask for permission from the source to quote anything shared via the peer email list. MCF cannot assure that information shared via the peer email list will remain confidential—please carefully consider the content you post.
  3. MCF members are asked to refrain from discussing grant proposals or organizations seeking funds in this forum.
  4. To reply to a message sent by a peer, click “Reply” to a peer email discussion topic. As a best practice and to reduce the number of daily emails to peer email lists you’re subscribed to, please avoid selecting “Reply-All” when responding, as messages will be sent directly to all members within the list.


Opinions expressed via our peer email lists are those of the writer, not the Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF). No material shared via peer email lists 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 shared via the email lists 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 using our peer email lists. MCF reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.