Signature Programs

About MCF Signature Programs

Strengthen the effectiveness of your organization through MCF’s Signature Programs. Our programs are unique opportunities, curated specifically to dive into subjects that matter most to those who work within philanthropic spaces.

Upcoming Opportunities

Essentials in Philanthropy Series

The Essentials in Philanthropy Series features critical learning on skills and knowledge needed by foundation staff in a variety of roles. While providing promising practices on key topics in philanthropy, this series of programs goes beyond the basics, providing ideas and tools that participants will take back and apply immediately in their daily work. The following sessions encompass the Essentials in Philanthropy Series: 


March 26-27, 2020  | Registration Now Open!

MCF’s Beyond the Basics, a 2-day intensive, formerly known as the New Grantmaker's Institute, offers a deep-dive into the history and skills needed to understand and engage in effective philanthropic practice. This training is particularly geared towards individuals new to the field or looking to refresh their knowledge and skills. Participants will reflect on their personal mission, identity and experience they bring to the field while exploring the broader system in which the work happens - the history of philanthropy and emerging trends in the field. Participants walk away with new skills around navigating power dynamics, advancing effective philanthropy and bringing equity into their work. 

Session Topics Include:

  • Philanthropy and Power 
  • Philanthropy 101 
  • Collective Impact: The Link Between Nonprofits and Foundations 
  • A Working Knowledge of Independent, Family, Corporate and Community Foundations 
  • Principles of Philanthropy 
  • Navigating Power and Social Identity in Philanthropy 
  • Developing a Personal Strategy: Understanding Self, Role and System 
  • Understanding your MCF Membership (MCF Overview) 

Coming Soon

Storytelling through Branding
May 12, 2020

Grant Reviews and Financials
July 7, 2020

Evaluating Impact
September 8, 2020

Legal 101
November 11, 2020