Nonprofit Resources

MCF is a vibrant philanthropic community collectively advancing prosperity and equity. We do this through three focused strategies that connect, strengthen and mobilize the field of philanthropy. MCF's members are philanthropic organizations including foundations and corporate giving programs.

For the nonprofit community, MCF offers the following resources and occasional events such as our popular CEO Chats.

Introduction to Grantmaking

Basic Grantseeking Information

Minnesota Common Grant Forms

Nonprofit Links

Minnesota is very fortunate to have a strong network of nonprofit support agencies to help our nonprofit community stay strong and thrive. Here's a sampling of organizations that offer services to nonprofits in our state.

Charities Review Council mobilizes informed donors and accountable nonprofits for the greater good by engaging donors in informed giving, encouraging accountability and transparency in nonprofits and enabling the thoughtful use of philanthropic resources.

Hamline University challenges students in and out of the classroom to create and apply knowledge in local and global contexts, while cultivating an ethic of civic responsibility, social justice, and inclusive leadership and service.

HandsOn Twin Cities brings people together to strengthen communities through meaningful volunteer action.

Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs is a top-ranked public affairs school at a major research university offering studies in Public and Nonprofit Leadership.

LegalCorps assists low-income owners of small businesses and small nonprofit organizations by connecting them with free, high-quality legal services from volunteer lawyers.

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) mobilizes corporate, government and philanthropic support to provide local community development organizations with loans, grants and equity investments; local, statewide and national policy support; and technical and management assistance.

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits informs, promotes, connects and strengthens individual nonprofits and the nonprofit sector.

MRAC (The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council) increases access to the arts in 7-county metropolitan area communities by providing information, organizational support and grants.

Office of Grants Management's mission is to standardize, streamline and improve state grantmaking practices and to increase public information about state grant opportunities.

Propel Nonprofits: Created from the merger of Nonprofits Assistance Fund and MAP for Nonprofits, Propel Nonprofits fuels the impact and effectiveness of nonprofits with guidance, expertise, and capital.

Springboard for the Arts' mission is to cultivate a vibrant arts community by connecting artists with the skills, contacts, information and services they need to make a living and a life.

St. Thomas University educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good. They offer an MBA for nonprofit leaders, as well as other programming opportunities.