Programs & Calendar

About MCF Programs and Calendar of Events

At the Minnesota Council on Foundations, we deliver exceptional learning opportunities through which members hone their skills and share ideas and effective practices on a multitude of topics. Peer to peer learning is a huge part of our skill building tool kit. We serve as a vital hub for members to connect with peers by interest area, position and grantmaker type, which creates opportunities for meaningful collaboration to advance change.

We carefully track charitable giving trends in our state and conduct other research that guides your decision making and accelerates change in our communities. Using digital and traditional media, we cover relevant news, deliver practical resources, and introduce new tools that apply to you everyday work and challenge your thinking.

Types of skill-building opportunities we offer:

  • Multi-level training and professional development (hard and soft skill, subject matter specific)
  • Opportunities to network with peers
  • Issue briefings
  • Cross-sector convenings
  • Knowledge sharing of best practices and research in the field
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (D.E.I.) within philanthropic governance and leadership
  • Opportunities to connect with funder networks
  • Subject matter specific training

Start a New Program

As a member of MCF, you may initiate a new program to connect, strengthen and mobilize the sector. The value of MCF comes from your active involvement and leadership. Contact Paul Masiarchin to explore ideas.

Member-Initiated Briefings: A one-time, non-fundraising event initiated by MCF members, and co-created with a member of the MCF staff with the purpose of connecting, strengthening or mobilizing the philanthropic sector. 

Peer Networks and Issue Networks: Peer Networks and Issue Networks may be initiated on an exploratory basis by MCF members and co-created with a member of the MCF staff. As a member-initiated network, MCF will host 3 or 4 gatherings over a year. After a year, group participants and MCF staff will determine if there’s enough interest and mission-match to continue as an MCF program. Networks may start as a one-time Member-Initiated Briefing – to gauge interest across MCF’s membership.