Signature Programs

About MCF Signature Programs

Each year, you can count on MCF to offer a number of valuable programs that help you to connect, strengthen and mobilize your philanthropic work. Our programs are unique opportunities to dive into subjects that matter most to those who work within philanthropic spaces.

Recurring Opportunities

MCF Annual Conference

Each year, MCF hosts an annual opportunity for statewide networking and peer learning. In 2021, MCF offered a virtual Learning Series: Critical Moment in Philanthropy. This 8-week series — a creative adaptation of our annual conference — included engaging topics, offered to MCF members in multiple learning modes (blended learning). The Learning Series served as MCF's signature event in 2021, with member-led learning is a key aspect of MCF's annual conferences. If you attended this year's Learning Series and are seeking 24/7 access to session and workshop archived content, click here.

Transforming Philanthropy: Learning Community of Practice

The Transforming Philanthropy: Learning Community of Practice (adapted from Transforming White Privilege curriculum), is a members-only intensive blended learning experience designed to help current and emerging leaders within the philanthropic sector to better identify and productively address white privilege and its consequences in their many different spheres of influence.

Access content 24/7 on the MCF Learning Lab eLearning platform, gaining access to a rich self-paced curriculum comprised of 20 modules. Each module has a mix of videos, learning articles, and self-reflection activities (approximately 6-8 hours to complete with three Zoom check-ins). By taking your time, pacing your learning, and completing the full curriculum, you will gain new perspectives about white privilege in the context of philanthropy.

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. These sessions are offered at beginner- and intermediate-levels.


Peer Networks and Issue Networks

MCF offers over one dozen recurring networks, based around a peer identity or a thematic issue. Each of these networks meets multiple times each year and are open to any interested MCF member. Check out the Calendar of Events for upcoming meetings.

Member Briefings

Throughout the year, MCF members lead the way in planning a variety of thematic briefings. Do you have an idea for a new briefing? Learn how to start planning an event and help build Minnesota's philanthropic sector.