Reimagining Membership: Community Foundation Dues

Community Foundation Dues

Community foundation members, for the purposes of dues calculations, are organizations that focus their work on a specific geography, affinity group or interest area. Community foundation grantmaking can vary widely year-to-year, depending on annual ability to raise funds, giving choices of donor advisors, opportunities for large one-time gifts, availability of government “pass through” funds and more. Therefore, MCF’s community foundation dues are assessed based on management expenses, which excludes program service and fundraising expenses. This calculation offers more stable and predictable dues amount, and it does not penalize a foundation for inordinate fundraising success in a given year.

Community foundations self-report the Management and General Expenses portion of their Total Functional Expenses from their most recent completed fiscal year; this is often equivalent to Part IX, Line 25, Column C on completed 990 forms.

Management & General Expenses

Dues Level

Under $50,000














































$12,000,000 & over


Community Affiliate Membership Process

Community affiliates are unincorporated funds or small community foundations managed by a larger entity, usually a community foundation or grantmaking public charity. The community affiliates automatically receive MCF membership through their affiliation with the MCF member that hosts and supports them.

This does not include private foundations that contract for client services with other MCF members — these foundations join as independent MCF members.

Contact MCF

Please contact Kristen Cullen, MCF Grants and Member Engagement Manager,, if you wish to discuss your MCF membership options. If the new dues model creates a barrier for continued membership, foundations may reach out to Kristen to determine an implementation plan.

Unsure about your dues category? View a list of recent MCF members online here, for reference.

Ready to Renew Your Membership?

Click here to access the online membership form. Each organization has been assigned one primary contact; if you would like that contact changed or if you need additional help, please contact Kristen.