Reimagining Membership


A New Way to Calculate MCF Membership Dues

Philanthropic organizations are not all the same. That’s why, beginning with our 2022 membership year, MCF is assessing member dues in several different ways – to best suit each organization type.

Our new dues model was developed with broad input from MCF members. We listened and created a new model with 5 distinct member categories.

2022 Dues Rollout Timeline

  1. MCF Unveils the New Model, August 2021:
    The new model is linked, below.
  2. MCF Makes Phone Calls with Each Member, August – September 2021:
    MCF’s Member Engagement Manager, Kristen Cullen, will call each member to discuss the model, answer your questions about your 2022 dues, and help you navigate the changes. Do you want to talk to Kristen soon? Reach out directly at
  3. MCF Launches Member Renewal, Late-September 2021:
    MCF will launch the membership renewal process this fall with new electronic renewal forms available online.



The Minnesota Council on Foundations is a membership association that helps philanthropy be better together.

In 2020 - 2021, MCF began a process to reimagine its membership model through focus groups, discussions with other philanthropic associations, an all-member survey and a committee comprised of representatives from every type of foundation to better serve organizations of every size and structure. As a first step of the reimagining membership process, a new dues model will be used beginning in the 2022 membership year. Through the new dues model, MCF offers customized dues calculations to meet the unique needs of each type of member.

The new model attempts to: stabilize dues for individual members who have seen past-year fluctuations; equalize dues between similar organizations; and offer a better, more predictable, member experience. By reimagining how dues are calculated, MCF is not increasing its overall revenue or shifting expenses.

The MCF Board and Membership Committee will continue to reimagine additional elements of MCF’s membership, including eligibility and benefits, over the coming year.

See the new model

Not sure where you fit? View a list of recent MCF members to see a breakdown of the new dues model by organization type (download the PDF)


Please reach out with questions by contacting Kristen Cullen, MCF Grants and Member Engagement Manager, If the new dues model creates a barrier for continued membership, foundations may reach out to Kristen to determine an implementation plan.