Reimagining Membership: Grantmaking Public Charity Dues

Grantmaking Public Charity Dues

MCF’s grantmaking public charity members take many forms, and often resemble community foundations. They include public charities that make grants, operate programs and may serve as funding intermediaries. These include, but are not limited to, Minnesota Initiative Foundations and United Way agencies. The category of Grantmaking Public Charity is used solely for the purposes of calculating dues and does not impact MCF's programs or peer networks.

Given that MCF’s grantmaking public charity members often have many community-facing programs that would not benefit from MCF membership, their dues are assessed based on regular grantmaking. Regular grantmaking includes any funding strategies that occur year-after-year.

Grantmaking public charities self-report annual regular grantmaking from their most recent completed fiscal year; this is often equivalent to Page 1, Part 1, Line 13, “Current Year” on completed 990 forms. Some one-time non-recurring grantmaking may be disregarded, on a case-by-case basis.


Dues Level

Under $50,000














































$130,000,000 & 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.