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MCF Celebrates 50 Years

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At the Minnesota Council on Foundations, we connect, strengthen and mobilize the field of philanthropy in order to collectively advance prosperity and equity. Fifty years ago, at its founding, MCF was focused on mobilizing. Foundation leaders came together to protect the sector from state and federal policies that threatened the structures and privileges of philanthropy.

Over the decades, we have evolved. View our 50th anniversary Giving Forum magazine to learn about our story - then and now.

Today, while we continue to have a role in protecting the sector, we have extended our collective voice to advocate for critical societal issues that advance justice, equity and democracy. We are no longer organized solely around self-interest; rather, we are organized with deep community interest and commitment. The year 2020 has emerged as one of multiple crises—challenging every system, structure and societal norm. As we navigate these challenging times, we commit to: connecting with each other, and the broader community, to address immediate needs and advance long-term solutions; strengthening the practice of philanthropy to increase effectiveness and be excellent partners to the nonprofit community; and mobilizing our voice—and our resources for the greater good.

We can, and will, do better together.

Susie Brown, MCF President

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