Reimagining Membership: Private Foundation Dues

Private Foundation Dues

Private foundation member dues are assessed based on assets. By assessing dues based on assets rather than on giving budgets, private foundation dues do not increase in years when the foundation releases a larger payout of grant funds. This provides more comparable dues between similar size foundations.

Private foundations self-report assets from their most recent completed fiscal year; this figure is generally found on 990PF, Page 2, Part II, Column (c), Line 16.


Dues Level

Under $1,000,000














































$3,000,000,000 & over


Foundations that Contract for Client Services

Private foundations that contract for client services with other MCF members are asked to 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.