MCF Member Network Refresh: Part One

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

By Katina Mortensen

Managing our member networks is a big part of my new role as Program Manager at the Minnesota Council on Foundations. Our networks are consistently named as one of our most valuable member benefits. To ensure our networks continue to best serve our members, we are conducting an assessment of our member networks and will be making improvements to them over the course of 2016. This post rolls out the first of a number of improvements you can expect to see over the next year as we evolve our member networks to better serve you.

After hearing from members in year-end meetings, through surveys, via emails, and through individual conversations, we’ve decided to start by refreshing two of our existing networks: the Senior Community Affairs Professionals (SCAP) network and the Non-Family Foundation Professionals (NFFP) network.

We’ve heard from members that they really value and want more programming specific to foundation-type. In addition, we see an opportunity to generate greater engagement and to be more inclusive of members who previously didn’t have a peer meeting space through MCF. As a result, we plan to transform SCAP and NFFP into two new networks:

  • Corporate Community Affairs Professionals Network is for members who work in corporate philanthropy and are interested in discussing the unique issues and opportunities of corporate grantmaking. This network will replace SCAP and our corporate listserve. It will meet six times per year, with two of those meetings serving as opportunities for only the senior-most corporate community affairs leaders. All corporate members have been added to this new network, including SCAP members and those that were already on the corporate listserve. The new listserve email address for this network will be corp@list.mcf.org. Please mark your calendars with the 2016 meeting schedule (meeting details to come later):
    • Full network meeting dates:
      • Monday, February 8, at MCF (8:30-10 a.m.) Trends in Corporate Philanthropy
      • Monday, April 11,at MCF (8:30-10 a.m.)
      • Monday, August 8,at MCF (8:30-10 a.m.)
      • Monday, October 10,at MCF (8:30-10 a.m.)
    • Executive meeting dates:
      • Executive Happy Hour. Thursday, June 16,4:30-6 p.m. at MCF.
      • Executive Holiday Luncheon. Thursday, December 15, 11:30-1 p.m. Location TBD.
  • Family Foundation Professionals Network is for members who work at family foundations and are interested in discussing the unique issues and opportunities in family philanthropy. This network will replace NFFP and is open to family and non-family staff and trustees of family foundations. It will meet six times per year, with two of those meetings serving as opportunities for only the senior-most staff person at the family foundation. All family foundation staff members have been added to this new network, including NFFP members. Family foundation trustees have not been automatically added to this list; trustees can contact Katina Mortensen at kmortensen@mcf.org to be added. The new listserve email address for this network will be fam@list.mcf.org.  Please mark your calendars with the 2016 meeting schedule (meeting details to come later):
    • Full network meeting dates:
      • Thursday, February 25, at MCF (11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.) Diving into Trends: Issue v. Place
      • Thursday, April 28,at MCF (11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.)
      • Thursday, August 25,at MCF (11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.)
      • Thursday, October 27,at MCF (11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.)
    • Executive meeting dates:
      • Executive Happy Hour. Thursday, June 23, 4:30-6 p.m. at MCF.
      • Executive Holiday Luncheon. Tuesday, December 13,11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. Location TBD.

We look forward to your input and feedback as we continue to improve our networks!

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