Reimagining Membership Project

A Project Dedicated to Renewing MCF’s Membership Categories and Dues Structure


The Reimagining Membership Project – led by an ad-hoc committee of the MCF board, members, and staff – will consider ways to restructure MCF’s membership dues and categories. During the first half of 2020, the committee will:

  • Consider changes to MCF membership eligibility including categories and types of members.
  • Consider changes to MCF membership dues structure and levels.


It has become clear that the MCF membership dues model needs to be reviewed and refreshed. While it once made good sense to offer a single tiered scale to determine dues, today we recognize that there is significant nuance among the membership, and the model may no longer work. We are undertaking a process of discovery, discernment, and decision-making in 2020. Through this process, we expect a new dues model to emerge.


A committee of 12 – 14 leaders of Minnesota’s philanthropic sector:

  • About 6 members of the MCF Board and the standing Membership Committee.
  • About 8 non-Board members – senior foundation executives – representing the full range of member organizations. Recruitment of committee members took place through an email to all member-CEOs in December 2019.

All MCF members are invited to share input through an online survey, January 6 - 23. Share your ideas, now.


The committee will convene January through May 2020, approximately 4 meetings, 2-3 hours each. Additionally, MCF’s membership will be engaged through focus groups, an electronic survey and additional requests for feedback in early-2020.

At the same time, the MCF staff and board will also be busy refreshing the value of MCF membership through a renewed focus on meeting members’ needs. With a new team of staff focused on member engagement - you can expect to see various changes in programming and services over the next year.


The Reimagining Membership Project is guided by Ben Cameron, President of the Jerome Foundation and MCF Membership Committee Chair and Susie Brown, President of the Minnesota Council on Foundations. For further details, contact Susie at or 612-335-3557.